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Implementing energy efficiency for a start-up

Implementing energy efficiency for a start-up - a Green Business Fund guide


Reducing energy use makes perfect business sense; it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change.

Energy efficiency for a start-up guide

Published December 2019

Start-ups have the benefit of being able to lock in energy saving practices and invest in energy efficient equipment from day one. In doing so, significant energy and cost savings can be achieved and a culture of sustainability can be embedded into a business. There is a significant business case for doing so: a 20% cut in energy costs
represents the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales in many businesses. As such, energy efficiency savings and sustainable business behaviour can make a substantial impact on the financial viability of a start-up and help young businesses get off the ground effectively. 

This 15-page guide on energy efficiency is designed to help start-ups improve their business' sustainability from the outset.

Guide contents:

  • Introduction
  • Energy policy
  • Establishing an energy efficient working environment
  • Retrofitting and Buy Smart Strategy
  • Metering & Monitoring
  • Behaviour
  • Building a sustainable supply chain
  • Conclusions
  • Your next steps
  • Go online for further information

Publication date Dec 2019; Publication code CTV079.

Information in this report was correct at the time of publication.

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Further Information

The Carbon Trust has the following specific sector overview publications which may be more relevant to certain sub-sectors:

Energy efficiency support

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

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