Greener Working

West Lancashire Borough Council encourages local businesses and service providers to set their own targets for becoming carbon neutral. There are a range of initiatives on offer to support West Lancashire based businesses save money and reduce their carbon footprint.


Disruption, Innovation, Transformation. Climate Change: It’s now or never

  • When: Wednesday 20 October 10am - 12pm
  • Where: Online (external link)
  • Cost: Free (Registration required)

At this 2-hour online event you will first hear from keynote speaker Duncan Pollard, former VP for Sustainability at Nestle and Director of Conservation Practice & Policy at WWF. An expert in the complexity and inter-connectedness of today's sustainability system challenges, Duncan can advise on how to integrate, engage, and operationalise sustainable practice in business. Following this, you are invited to participate in a themed breakout session to discuss shared challenges, opportunities and to hear about successful business case studies.

Select your breakout session:

  • Circular Economy, hosted by University of Central Lancashire and Manchester Metropolitan University. Discuss how energy can be part of the circular solution to meet future needs and limit climate change impact.
  • Nature based solutions, hosted by Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria. Through short case studies and an interactive discussion, this breakout session will cover the use of natural resources in different areas such as packaging and land management.
  • Built Environment, hosted by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. This breakout session will cover the potential for 3D printing as a sustainability disrupter in the built environment sector, through presentation of novel research and an interactive discussion.


This event is suitable for Northwest England based small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), researchers and academics interested in the net zero carbon agenda.


Chamber Low Carbon Programme

Chamber Low Carbon programme has been extended to June 2023.

Chamber Low Carbon Programme provides remote and on site support as required to help Lancashire businesses Build Back Better as the Net Zero Carbon agenda accelerates in the post Covid-19 recovery.

This £6m. European funded programme is committed to the provision of a FREE suite of services aimed to help businesses improve energy and environmental efficiencies, introduce on site renewable energy generation and save money.

The Chamber Low Carbon Programme can also help you if you are developing a new piece of low carbon technology and want to get it into the market, see it manufactured locally or find your dream customer.

For more information visit Chamber Low Carbon (external link).


Chamber Green Rose

Chamber Low Carbon can help guide your business to implement a recognised environmental management system meeting the requirements of ISO 14001 or BS 8555 or EMAS with the Green Rose Programme.

This six-month programme, delivered by the Chamber Low Carbon Team, will provide support and guidance in the development and implementation of each organisation’s Environmental Management System.

For more information visit Chamber Green Rose (external link).


Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub

Got a great business idea with environmental benefits but don’t have the time, people, knowledge, facilities or resources to develop it? Then the Low Carbon Innovation Hub can help.

The Low Carbon Eco-Innovation Hub is a research and development programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, which aims to support small and medium sized businesses in Lancashire to innovate to create products and services which make a transition towards a low carbon economy.

For more information visit Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (external link).


Energy & Low Carbon Sector Plan

Written by business leaders and industry experts from across Lancashire’s energy and low carbon sector, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Energy & Low Carbon Sector Plan sets out an ambitious vision for the whole of Lancashire.

The Energy & Low Carbon Plan not only articulates the scale of the opportunity in front of Lancashire, it also identifies the policy and funding interventions – at both the local and regional level – needed to realise that opportunity. The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership will produce a delivery plan setting out in detail how we will implement the Energy & Low Carbon Sector Group’s recommendations. This sector plan is just the beginning and the LEP will continue to identify new ways to develop and promote the sector, ensuring activity remains relevant and responsive to emerging opportunities.

For more information and to view the Energy & Low Carbon Sector Plan in full visit Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (external link) .


The ECO I NW project

The ECO I NW project is a new £14 million pound research and development programme delivered by 6 of the region’s leading universities which aims to support businesses in the North West to create innovative low carbon technologies, products, processes and service, and to support ‘green’ economic growth.

With funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Eco-I North West will work with SMEs from any sector across the North West region to help identify ways in which they can help to reduce their carbon output through innovation and research, such as identifying manufacturing process change or material change for packaging of products for example.

Lancaster University are providing business support to SME'S throughout Lancashire and Cumbria, designing and running research and innovation projects to lower Carbon Impact and you can access this support in 3 different ways:

  • 12 Month Masters by Research

    A dedicated full time researcher to work on your project at Masters level, supported by our academics, with access to our global contacts and resources within the university.

  • Internships 140 hrs

    A dedicated programme of support delivered by an appropriate student matched to your business need funded to work on your project supported by an academic, or team of academics.

  • 3 Month Innovation Project

    Working with a specialist academic who has expertise in the area to support your business’s innovation idea. They will work collaboratively with your business for 3 months to develop opportunities and innovation that will not only help to reduce your carbon footprint but could support your company’s growth in the existing market or help enter new markets.

For more information visit Lancaster University Eco-I NW (external link)