Low carbon and green business support

Find out about the shared commitment to limit global warming and support available to move towards net zero.

By 2030 the UK needs to have delivered on our shared commitment to limit global warming, and key to this 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 change action is everyone’s business, and we all have a vital role in the UK’s net zero journey.

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

  • driving business growth
  • reducing long term costs of carbon emissions
  • risk management – according to the World Economic Forum, the top 3 most likely global economic risks are environmental
  • building trust with employees, customers and businesses in your supply chain.

There is 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 show how this can drive business growth.

Local support

  • LoCASE is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme delivered locally by the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform. The aim is to help your business become more competitive and profitable while encouraging low carbon solutions.

    LoCASE provides business grants of up to £10,000 as well as regular workshops and events. Additional specialist support is available for companies who offer ‘green’ or low carbon goods and services.

  • Green Growth Platform - University of Brighton is the South East Hub of Clean Growth UK. They work with businesses to support low carbon and environmental business growth.

  • 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).

  • The RISE ERDF funded business support project can help your business to innovate and grow.

    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.

  • 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 some 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.