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START2ACT programme for young SMEs and startups

Free energy efficiency consulting and mentoring for startups and young SMEs

Do you work for a startup or young SME? Learn more about how the START2ACT programme can help you to save energy and improve your environmental credentials:

Activities for young SMEs
Activities for startups
Interactive online platform
Find out more and sign up

Activities for young SMEs

Breakfast events

The Carbon Trust will run a series of START2ACT breakfast events around the UK for employees from young SMEs to learn about how to reduce energy consumption at work. These events will give SMEs a good introduction to energy management and a better understanding of how they can identify energy saving opportunities at their workplace.


If you would like to attend a breakfast event, sign up here


Energy efficiency consulting for SMEs

Young SMEs can sign up for Carbon Trust START2ACT one-to-one energy efficiency consulting. This will include three on-site visits to your business over the course of a year. The visits will allow the Carbon Trust expert to work together with you to improve your energy management processes, as well as to identify and implement energy saving measures over time.

These measures will be primarily low cost and no cost, to enable you to see quick wins with very little investment. The visits will be scheduled at regular intervals so that the Carbon Trust expert can review your progress with you and give you and your colleagues the opportunity to ask questions and suggest new measures.


If you would like to receive energy efficiency consulting at your site, sign up here

Activities for startups

Energy efficiency mentoring

We are running a series of startup mentoring workshops with accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces across the UK. This workshops will be focused on integrating energy efficiency in all areas of business, from becoming a sustainable supplier to increasing visibility as an environmentally responsible company. Representatives from these types of organisations can register their interest for co-hosting a workshop by emailing

Startups can also register for one-to-one mentoring sessions to discuss how you can increase energy efficiency in all areas of business development. Topics may include greening your products and services, setting sustainable procurement policies and choosing an energy efficient premises. Improving your environmental credentials can increase your customer base, as well as helping you to grow sustainably as your company matures. These mentoring sessions will be providing remotely over the phone, allowing you to ask any questions and receive advice tailored to your particular requirements.


If you would like to receive one-to-one phone mentoring, sign up here

Interactive energy saving platform

An open-access interactive online platform has been created with a variety of energy efficiency resources for SMEs and startups. The platform includes a website with energy efficiency advice (the 'Knowledge Base'), an eLearning course and an energy saving competition.

Visit the START2ACT Knowledge Base

Visit the START2ACT e-Learning modules

Visit the START2ACT Energy Saving Competition

Find out more and register your interest

Sign up now for Carbon Trust START2ACT.

If you have any questions about START2ACT please email or call 020 7170 7000 to speak to one of our advisors.


Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the START2ACT programme aims to support young SMEs and startups to save energy and cut costs at their workplace. To achieve this, we are offering free-of-charge mentoring and training activities in nine European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the UK. The Carbon Trust is the implementation partner for the UK.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 696069.

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