Steps to energy saving: tools for SMEs

Not sure where to start? Our tools give small and medium sized UK businesses the first steps to start measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions and reducing energy cost

Small business office

Step 1 - Measure your carbon footprint

The SME Carbon Footprint Calculator has been designed to help UK based SMEs measure their corporate emission footprint following GHG Protocol Guidance.  It includes direct emissions from fuel and processes (Scope 1 emissions) and emissions from purchased electricity (or Scope 2 emissions) for the assets they operate.

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Step 2 - Benchmark your energy use

The Benchmark tool helps SMEs prioritise energy reduction across energy intensive technologies and areas. SMEs can compare the relative performance of their site against industry benchmarks and estimate potential savings.

SME Energy Benchmark Tool

Step 3 - Build your business case for lighting upgrades

The Lighting Business Case Tool allows UK based SMEs to calculate their business case for lighting upgrades. Businesses can use the tool to assess their current lighting usage and potential savings from upgrading to more efficient lighting and controls.

The tool can be used if you know your existing lighting type or your annual energy spend to estimate lighting energy cost.

Lighting Business Case Tool

Step 4 - Upgrade your business fleet

The Fleet Upgrade Tool has been designed to help UK based small businesses manage and report their company’s energy consumption and carbon emissions, and assess the opportunities available for upgrading their (leased) vehicle fleet.

SMEs can use the tool to identify upgrade options and estimate the savings associated, using a simple return-on-investment (ROI) analysis.

Fleet Upgrade Tool


The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund provided energy efficiency support and energy assessments for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.


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