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Tackling climate change: help and funding for businesses

Advice and Support

It makes good business sense to be as resource-efficient and sustainable as possible, and there's loads of help out there to help you do just that.


Envirolink (external link) is a business support organisation for the low-carbon and environmental goods and services sector. This includes companies that are developing new low carbon technologies and products or companies looking to implement low-carbon projects that will save money and make them more sustainable.


Groundwork (external link) delivers a unique business support programme that can provide environmental advice, training and support to businesses throughout the Northwest of England. With support from Groundwork you can implement efficiency measures (many at little or no cost to your business) that will increase your profits and set you apart from the competition.


The Carbon Trust (external link) provides specialist support to help businesses boost returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.  They can provide advice, free carbon surveys and interest free loans to help implement energy saving initiatives.


The Lancashire Business Environment Association (external link) offers a low cost membership service to organisations with affordable and professional advice, support, training and legislative updates on all environmental issues.


Environment Agency (external link) provides guidance to businesses on environmental protection, flooding, waste and water issues.


Net Regs provide free, plain English guidance on environmental regulations that could affect your business. They can advise on what you need to do to comply with environmental law and protect the environment and offer ways to save money by using your resources more efficiently.


Sustainable Water Environment in Lancashire (SWEL) (external link) offers free advice and support to businesses regarding water management. SWEL can help businesses improve sustainability through reduced water usage and can help to improve the management of flood risk. Services include staff training, site water audits, monitoring, flood risk management and sustainable drainage.


Grants and Funding

Lancashire Small-Scale Renewables Scheme (external link): a simple, accessible capital grant fund to assist businesses in Lancashire that want to install small-scale renewable energy technology.


The Rural Development Programme for England (external link): £3.9 billion funding programme to support projects that safeguard and enhance the rural environment, improve the competitiveness of the agricultural sector and foster sustainable and thriving rural businesses and rural economies across England.


Enhanced Capital Allowance (external link) enables a business to claim 100% first year tax relief on energy saving plant, technologies and machinery. The scheme allows businesses to write off the whole cost of the equipment against taxable profits in the year of purchase.


Feed-in Tariff (FIT) (external link) provides payment for every KWh of renewable electricity generated from renewable sources, significantly reducing the payback period of investment in technologies such as solar PV, wind power, hydro, mini combined heat and power plants and anaerobic digestion.


Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROCs) (external link) are for larger installations above 50KW capacity. The Renewables Obligation commits electricity companies to supply certain amount of renewable energy. A renewable energy generator receives a ROC for every MWh they produce, which they can sell to electricity companies to fulfil their obligations.


Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) (external link) from July 2011 will provide payment for every KWh of renewable heat generated from low carbon or renewable sources, significantly reducing the payback period of investment in technologies such as heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass.


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Last Updated: 5/20/2013

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