Businesses in the UK can now access governmental advice to reduce energy emissions and costs through the UK Business Climate Hub.
The UK Business Climate Hub, launched by the Energy Department on Monday, will focus on helping Britain’s 5.5 million SMEs. It is a one-stop-shop of information and is a collaboration between the UK government, businesses and business groups across the UK.
Here’s what we know so far about the new initiative.
What does the UK Business Climate Hub do?
The hub will provide UK businesses with information on lowering energy costs and emissions. In particular, the hub will give advice on environmental government schemes, including:
- schemes to pay less for electric vehicles
- schemes to get a low-carbon heat pump
- getting business grants, green loans and financing for retrofitting your office or business sites
- generating and selling green energy to the grid
- getting environmental product labels and certifications
- reducing waste
The website will also include a free carbon calculator and recommendations for green suppliers, as well as advice on reducing emissions from freight and logistics.
Who is the UK Business Climate Hub for?
The support is particularly aimed at the 5.5 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the UK.
With government data showing business and industry account for around 25% of UK emissions, the need for emissions reduction is more urgent than ever.
Almost all (90%) of SMEs want to tackle climate change but find it difficult to know where to start to find the right solutions to reduce their carbon footprint, according to research quoted by the Energy Department.
The government said it felt confident that “going green can help the economy”, as 85% of consumers said they were more likely to buy from businesses with a reputation for sustainability.
“More and more businesses are recognising the business benefits of reaching net zero and we’re determined to empower them to do so,” Minister of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Graham Stuart, said.
“In addition to helping small firms become more energy and resource efficient, the hub also has the opportunity to empower small firms to take ambitious steps towards net zero, ultimately ensuring that they also benefit from the economic opportunities created in a net zero economy,” National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, Martin McTague, said.
What solutions are currently available?
There are several solutions that can address your climate impact and reduce your energy bills.
At ClearVUE.Business, we’ve seen first-hand that the first step is to know the scale of your emissions.
You cannot manage what you cannot measure.
Tools like our energy managing technology ClearVUE.Zero provide data on emissions in-real-time. The solution is scalable, meaning you can measure the emissions of several sites on both a macro and micro level.