Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme
in affiliation with Business Energy Advice Service
Support to help your business make significant decarbonisation and money saving changes.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is seeking to support businesses in the West Midlands to reduce their environmental impact and to reduce the rising energy costs these companies are experiencing.
The Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme aims to provide information and expert advice and support to businesses enabling them to make significant decarbonization and money saving changes to their business. This Programme is part of the wider West Midlands Business Support activity funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).
The Government has committed to a legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050. Smaller businesses are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Research from the British Business Bank found that, whilst awareness of net zero is growing (at nearly 60%), only around half of smaller businesses say decarbonisation or reducing environmental impacts is a near-term priority, with 76% of small businesses having yet to identify their emissions impact, implement decarbonization strategies, capabilities and actions and identify opportunities associated with a growing net zero economy.
The Programme’s objectives are to:
- support decarbonisation and improving the natural environment whilst growing the local economy
- deliver effective decarbonisation in line with the Government legally binding climate target
- provide immediate support to businesses so that they can deliver on net zero and in so doing enhancing their competitiveness and sustainability
The Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme in affiliation with Business Energy Advice Service aims to support sole traders, micro-businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large businesses. It also includes social enterprises where these engage in economic activity which have been trading across all sectors to respond to climate change and to support the growth of the local low-carbon sector.
The programme is offering the following services to eligible businesses:
- Information and Advice (1-2-1 advice, webinars, workshops, peer networks, etc.) supporting businesses to understand how they can get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, support with new regulations, having an impact on investment and energy challenges with less uncertainty to enable them to take larger/longer-term investment decisions.
- Energy Audits/free diagnostic tools/on-site carbon reduction surveys supporting businesses to quantify and benchmark their emissions (audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and operations), identify cost-effective energy-saving measures, set validated emissions targets, embed low-carbon strategy within the company.
- Knowledge Transfer activities (a more technical Research and Development (R&D) support aimed at carbon accounting and sustainability software).
Free diagnostic tools/on-site carbon reduction surveys supporting businesses to quantify and benchmark their emissions (audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and operations), identify cost-effective energy saving measures, set validated emissions targets, embed low carbon strategy within the company.
Information and Advice
1-2-1 advice, webinars, workshops, peer networks, etc.) supporting businesses to understand how they can get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, support with new regulations, having an impact on investment and energy challenges with less uncertainty to enable them to take larger/longer-term investment decisions.
Details of the workshops to follow.
Knowledge Transfer activities
R&D support and sustainability software. Some businesses taking part in DNZ, following an energy efficiency audit, may be offered additional support for low carbon knowledge transfer and technical research and development support for emerging technologies, products, services and processes for carbon reduction. Circa 10 days of support will be provided for each business via a blended model of face-to-face and online delivery, depending on the specific needs of the business.
This support will include the provision of tools and methodologies and training to support businesses to measure their carbon footprint and develop plans to reduce their footprint through carbon reduction activities and the development of net zero product roadmaps.
There is £4.5million in Net Zero grants which is funded through the UKSPF programme. Businesses can get a grant of up to £100,000 in funding and up to 50% aid intensity.
If your business has had an energy efficiency assessment either through Decarbonisation/Net Zero or from an accredited audit company over the last 2 years, please contact your local authority and you will be able to apply for a grant.
See more about grants available within the West Midlands Region here