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The Green Business Fund

Energy saving support at no cost to your business

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The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is dedicated to supporting small to medium sized organisations (SMEs) in England, Scotland and Wales, and providing opportunities to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. 

Since 2016, the Green Business Fund has supported hundreds of small businesses to identify an average potential saving of £8,230 on their energy spend.

Find out more about how the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund can help you:

Register your interest

Download the application form for an energy assessment or implementation advice, and find out more about our services:

Register your interest

Questions? See our FAQs, or call us on 020 7832 4773 to speak to one of our advisors.

From the first call, right through to completion; the team were friendly and really informative, and made it so easy! The application was simple; fast, and professional.

Sam Urben, Project Coordinator, Fine Cut Group

Want to reduce your energy usage?

This is the best place to start if your organisation wants to reduce its energy costs, but you don’t know where to begin. We offer fully funded energy assessments at no cost to your business to help identify areas for energy and cost savings.

This service is provided either remotely (via telephone and email) or in person on-site, depending on your location and energy spend.

A Carbon Trust expert will produce a bespoke report for your organisation identifying the top three energy and cost savings projects for your business. They can also advise you on how to implement an energy policy, and suggest ways to engage your employees.
Read more about the energy assessments here (PDF).

Apply Now 

 

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Want help finding suppliers and quotes? 

This service is perfect if you have already identified particular energy saving projects that you’d like to undertake. This implementation advice and equipment procurement support helps any organisation with fewer than 1000 employees find reputable suppliers and gather quotes for specific projects, for example those that have been recommended through an energy assessment.

Specific help available includes:

  • A project feasibility check
  • Help writing performance specifications appropriate for your business
  • Tendering support, including supplier identification and assessment of tenders

We provide up to 5 days of funded, bespoke support from a Carbon Trust consultant at absolutely no cost to your business.

Read more about how implementation advice can help you (PDF).

Apply Now 

 

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Attend a free workshop and learn how to reduce your energy spend

We're running a series of free energy efficiency best practice workshops across the UK aimed at helping small businesses and organisations save energy and money. The Carbon Trust experts running these workshops will help you make the most of the support available through the Green Business Fund, and will be on hand to answer any energy efficiency questions you may have.

 

Find your nearest workshop and register today 

 

Learn more in our free interactive webinars

Looking for sector-specific energy advice? Check out our series of free technical webinars covering a wide range of energy topics. Delivered by a Carbon Trust expert, these interactive webinars last approximately 45 minutes to an hour with the opportunity to ask specific questions. 

 

Sign up to our upcoming webinars here 


Click here 
to listen back to the past Green Business Fund webinars on YouTube.

 

Download a free energy saving guide

Download one of our free and impartial guides to help reduce your organisation's carbon footprint. The guides give expert advice on energy efficient technology and renewable energy, as well as sector-based advice covering retail, hospitality, manufacturing, and many more.

Use our simple tools to manage your carbon emissions

Take the first steps in measuring, managing and reducing your carbon emissions and reducing your energy costs.  Our carbon footprint calculator, energy benchmarking and business case tools are designed specifically for small to medium sized businesses.

 

 

Explore our new energy saving tools 

 

Latest Updates

 

Make an application

To apply for an energy assessment and implementation advice at absolutely no cost for your business, simply complete the short application form and we'll get in touch to discuss the next steps.

Apply Now 


Want to find out more? To discuss how your business, charity or organisation could benefit from the support on offer, or if you have any questions about the Green Business Fund, please email us at greenbusiness@carbontrust.com or call us on 020 7832 4773 to speak to one of our advisors.

 

 

FAQs

What organisations are eligible for support?

The Green Business Fund is open to small & medium sized businesses, charities, schools, and sole traders in England, Wales and Scotland who meet the scheme criteria. 

Organisations must meet at least two of the three following criteria:

• No more than 250 employees;

• Annual turnover not in excess of £25.9m; or

• Annual balance sheet not in excess of £12.9m

and if they are not more than 25% owned by an entity which does not meet the criteria.

Franchises are also eligible providing they have a different registered company number and are a separate legal entity to their managing partnership.

Please note, any organisations with fewer than 1000 employees are eligible for Implementation Advice. 

Do you support public sector and domestic energy cost reductions?

Public sector, domestic properties and new builds are not eligible for support from the Green Business Fund. 

How do I find if a supplier/installer is Carbon Trust accredited?

You can browse the suppliers of energy efficient equipment listed on the Green Business Directory of Carbon Trust Accredited Suppliers. If you're a supplier who's interested in becoming accredited, you can find out more and apply here.

Is there any financial obligation with the services?

All services (WorkshopsEnergy Assessments and Implementation Advice) are fully funded through the Green Business Fund so will carry no cost to the applicant. There is also no obligation for each company to follow through with any of the energy saving opportunities identified to them, though of course we hope that all organisations are able to do so.

Do you have any grants available?

Unfortunately we are no longer accepting new applications for the capital contribution grant funding. If you're based in Wales, we may be able to offer an interest free loan for energy efficiency projects. Find out more here.

We're constantly on the lookout for further funding opportunities. If you'd like to be the first to hear about any funding that may be available in the future, please get in touch with the team at greenbusiness@carbontrust.com.

 

Case Studies

 

Existing Capital Contribution Grant Applications

For existing applicants for the capital contribution grant, please read these step-by-step guides:

Additional documents: 

Log into your existing application here. (Please note, the capital contribution scheme has now closed for new applications.)

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