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What are Green Business Grants? European Regional Development Fund

Green Business Grants help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make energy-saving improvements to their buildings and business operations. The grants of up to £15,000 pay for 50%-80% of eligible capital costs, depending on the business’ size, location, and project. Grants are currently closed to new applications, but will re-open in the Autumn of 2021. A Carbon Survey is essential in applying for a Green Business Grant.

Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants help deliver the West of England Combined Authority’s West of England Climate Emergency Action Plan. They also support the West of England Recovery Plan to achieve a green recovery following COVID-19.

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What is a Carbon Survey?

Carbon Surveys are free and can help SMEs understand their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. A Decarbonisation Report follows the survey and details recommendations for reducing emissions and energy bills. Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants are funded by the European Regional Development Fund and West of England Recovery Fund.

Apply for a free carbon survey today.

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Why are they useful?

A Carbon Survey can help businesses to:

  • understand their current energy use and carbon emissions
  • pinpoint carbon ‘hotspots’ in business activities
  • identify practical ways to reduce emissions and energy bills (including changes that require low or no investment)
  • find out more about new and emerging technologies in their industry
  • set priorities and budgets for future improvements
  • access sources of funding, including Green Business Grants.
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Who can apply?

A free Carbon Survey and Decarbonisation Report is available to SMEs with business premises in the West of England. This includes Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire local authority areas.

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How can I apply?

Businesses applying for a Carbon Survey will be asked to provide 12 months’ worth of energy data such as bills or meter readings. During the survey, a Technical Advisor will assess the building’s fabric, heating and lighting systems, and business equipment. Surveys can take place on-site or virtually, depending on business preferences or local restrictions. This sample Decarbonisation Report shows the type of information provided after a survey. Apply now.

How are Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants funded?

Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants are part of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund (LCCF). This is managed by the Combined Authority and funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (£2.1m) and the West of England Recovery Fund (£1.9m).

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. This is confirmed funding and will be unaffected by the EU transition.

To date, over 150 businesses have received a Carbon Survey and Decarbonisation Report, identifying an average saving of 17.4 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and £3,775 in energy bills per business per year.