Net Zero Advice for Businesses
Cutting the amount of energy used by your business will reduce costs, boost profits and help provide funds for reinvestment within your business.
There is a great deal of advice available from different organisations, including:
Energy Saving Trust
Saving Energy Advice Service
The Carbon Trust has produced a free guide aimed at school premises or business managers. It contains an overview of opportunities to reduce energy costs in business premises and provides links to more detailed technical information from the Carbon Trust.
Making the transition to active travel can be daunting for many people. Fortunately, there are a wide range of resources available to help make it easier to get on your bike, or out for a walk. The Travel Devon Toolkit has advice on how your workplace can make it easier for you to travel to work sustainably.
If you'd like to explore lift sharing for your organisation, there's an existing network available for Devon at Carshare Devon https://liftshare.com/uk/community/devon
Untill 2024, the Government is also offering grants for workplace EV chargers, more information is available here https://www.find-government-grants.service.gov.uk/grants/workplace-charging-scheme#summary
Join the SME Climate Hub
The SME Climate Hub is here to help small businesses deliver on their climate goals and has partnered with Oxford University to support small businesses in reducing their carbon emissions. The tools and resources can help all SMEs take concrete steps towards climate action. More tools are available for SMEs that have joined the SME Climate Hub. After making the commitment, SMEs gain access to a personalized user profile, equipped with free tools and resources tailored to support their net zero journey. With additional tools for climate education, measurement and reporting, SMEs can make strategic and impactful emissions reductions, track their progress, and demonstrate climate leadership.
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Examples of what we have done as an organisation so far
At West Devon Borough Council, we have reduced our energy usage by installing solar panels on the roof of our headquarters at Follaton House. We have also introduced agile working for staff, which cuts down on mileage and commuting, and we have installed free-to-use electric vehicle charging points for our staff to use.