Local shops, cafes and offices are getting a helping hand to go green as Metro Mayor Dan Norris has launched a new push – backed by £1 million of funding – to help them improve the energy efficiency of their premises and activities. Green Business Grants of up to £15,000 are now available.
Whether it is insulating walls and roofs, adding solar film to windows so you can switch off the air con in summer, changing to LED lighting or investing in more energy efficient machinery – these grants can help.
Picnic Coffee, in Bath, has previously benefitted from a £4,000 Combined Authority grant – which helped them buy a new less energy intensive espresso machine and cut the cafe’s energy use by a quarter.
Mr Norris said: “I’m working to ensure that the West of England Combined Authority which I lead has a relentless focus on green. That is vital if we are going to meet our hugely ambitious net zero targets.
"Every little helps – whether it is lagging the loft or this coffee shop getting a far more energy-efficient espresso machine. There is £1 million on offer to save carbon and cut bills so please do apply.”
The Green Business Grants are available to local enterprises with fewer than 250 workers who are based in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.
The energy efficient changes will see local firms cut costs by on average £1,700 each year and cut their greenhouse gas emissions by seven tonnes.
Green Business Grants are funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the West of England Combined Authority's Recovery Fund.