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Decarbonising your business

Running a sustainable business

The most successful businesses plan for sustainable, long-term success. Understanding the competitive environment and ensuring that a business is financially sound are important parts of this, however business owners and managers are increasingly coming to realise that they also need to take into account the social and environmental impacts of their business.

The benefits of sustainable business

Adopting a sustainable approach to business also offers a wide range of specific business benefits. Reducing waste and emissions doesn't just benefit the environment, it also reduces costs. Improved processes can help cut purchases of raw materials and the costs of disposing of waste. A sustainable approach can also help a business to qualify for reductions in environmental taxes, such as the climate change levy. Being sustainable can also improve the reputation of a business and the products and services it offers. Many individual consumers prefer to buy from responsible businesses, while business customers may choose sustainable suppliers as part of their own commitment to sustainable development.

A good reputation can also help a business attract and retain employees, and improve its standing with the local community. By reducing the riskiness of a business and showing that it is well managed, a sustainable approach can also make it easier to attract investors and to work with regulators.

One such programme is Sustainable Routes where you can obtain advice on a travel efficiency plan.

Steps to Environmental Management (STEM) is a free scheme to help businesses improve their environmental performance. Benefits are improving your green reputation, assistance in meeting legal requirements, identifying and saving on inefficiencies as well gaining British and International Standard awards. Contact Low Carbon Kent to obtain your assessment forms.

Grants and funding to decarbonise your business

LoCASE (Low Carbon Across the South East)

The LOCASE fund has reopened.

  • Funding available for carbon reduction and increase in sustainability.
  • Funding available for businesses within the environmental and sustainability sector
  • Grants between £1000-£10,000
  • Funding 40% of your project

Net zero grants

Thanks to funding from UK Government, Kent Invicta Chamber are offering SME businesses in Canterbury, Gravesham, Swale and Thanet grants of up to £2,000 to improve their businesses sustainability and energy use.

To qualify, you must take part in a Net Zero Audit of your business provided for free by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

Access the Expression of Interest for the Audit.

Net zero pathway to change workshops

Thanks to UK Government funding the University of Kent are offering free workshops with opportunities for qualifying businesses in Canterbury, Gravesham, Swale and Thanet to receive up to £5k to access University expertise to achieve their net zero goals.

To qualify for the grant, attendance to one of the workshops at Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Rd, Canterbury CT2 7FG is mandatory.

Register at the Net Zero Pathway to Change Workshops page.