Low carbon and green business support

Find out about the shared commitment to limit global warming and support available to improve your business for people, planet and profit.

The UK has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050 and, key to success, will be achieving a low carbon economy.

Official figures show that business and industry account for 25% of UK territorial greenhouse gas emissions, with just under half generated by SMEs (businesses with fewer than 250 employees). Taking climate action is everyone’s business and we all have a vital role in the UK’s net zero journey.

For employers, tackling climate change has become a key part of future-proofing business. It’s possible to make a positive difference and realise business benefits along the way, including:

  • driving business growth and innovations
  • reducing long-term running costs
  • improved resilience: the World Economic Forum’s 2022 Global Risks Report puts 'climate action failure' as the number one risk over the coming decade
  • building trust with employees, customers and businesses in the supply chain
  • attracting and retaining a talented workforce.

Low carbon business case studies

A growing number of West Sussex businesses, across sectors, are taking steps to better their environmental performance and improve their operations. They have inspiring and insightful stories that can help inform anyone considering adopting greener business solutions. Watch the YouTube series ‘Low Carbon Business in West Sussex’ to hear their stories.

There's an increasing amount of support, locally and nationally, to help you to cut through the ‘carbon jargon’, walk you through the practical steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and help you to realise associated benefits for your business.

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Local support

  • LoCASE can help your business become more competitive and profitable while enabling low carbon solutions, with business grants of up to £20,000 and regular workshops and events. Additional specialist support is available for companies who offer ‘green’ or low carbon goods and services.

    LoCASE is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme delivered locally by the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

  • The Green Growth Platform is the South East Hub of Clean Growth UK. They work with businesses to support low carbon and environmental business growth, including through the free Net Zero 360 programme.

    A full-service net zero package for SMEs, it supports businesses taking the first steps on the net zero journey to becoming a sustainability pioneer.

  • Solar Together is a group-buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage that can provide ease of access to vetted suppliers and installers at competitive prices.

    Small and Medium-sized enterprises that own the roof on which they want to install a solar system, or have the explicit approval of the owner, can take part.

  • Community Solar Accelerator grants of up to £25,000 are being delivered by the Brighton Energy Cooperative.

    The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme aims to support the shift to a low carbon economy in the Coast to Capital region and beyond, by promoting solar PV & electric vehicle charging use in SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).

  • Our South Downs is a supportive business network powered by the South Downs National Park Authority. It seeks to unlock the potential in businesses, enabling them to positively contribute to the South Downs and support them in their pursuit of sustainability.

    Through promoting business connections and encouraging the adoption of a ‘think and act locally philosophy’ Our South Downs is dedicated to building an economically alive National Park where nature can thrive.

  • The RISE project can help your business to innovate and grow, through access to fully funded research-led advice and innovation support.

    Achieving the UK's net zero carbon emission targets will require unprecedented innovation across the economy in new technologies and product design, business models, and consumer offerings.

    RISE is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme delivered locally by the University of Brighton, with funding from WSCC and district & borough councils.

  • The Business & IP Centre Sussex provides free expert Intellectual Property advice, that could help you to protect the value of your innovative work.

National support (a small selection of useful online resources)

  • Make a commitment on the Government's UK Business Climate Hub and receive links to tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you’re doing with your customers and community.

  • The Carbon Trust ‘journey to net zero for SMEs’ guide provides small and medium sized enterprises with a pathway to net zero.

    Featuring a ‘carbon footprint calculator’, they introduce the simple options available to SMEs beginning the net zero journey and highlight the challenges in the long term.

  • Zero Carbon Business provides free and impartial information in the right format to meet small business needs, to help you to reduce carbon emissions.

    Provided by the British Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, UK Hospitality and partners.

  • The British Chamber of Commerce’s Net Zero Hub is filled with useful tools and resources to help you on the road to net zero.

    Find out more about why net zero is important, use the Virgin Media green savings calculator, and learn from the Green Business Hero network.

  • The Clean Growth Fund supports the UK’s most ambitious low carbon innovators seeking investment capital to rapidly drive their businesses forward.

  • Guided by a mission to guide 1 million businesses to net zero by 2025, Small 99 is a platform that guides small business owners to net zero through actionable practical steps that build a more resilient and profitable company at the same time.