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Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme

The Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme will help businesses to reduce their energy consumption and to access funding to support this activity.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is seeking to support businesses in the West Midlands to reduce their environmental impact and to reduce the rising energy costs these companies are experiencing.

The Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme aims to provide information and expert advice and support to businesses enabling them to make significant decarbonization and money saving changes to their business.

The Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme, in affiliation with Business Energy Advice Service, aims to support sole traders, micro-businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large businesses.

It also includes social enterprises where these engage in economic activity which have been trading across all sectors to respond to climate change and to support the growth of the local low-carbon sector.  

This Programme is part of the wider West Midlands Business Support activity funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

The Programme’s Objectives are to: 

  • Support decarbonisation and improving the natural environment whilst growing the local economy
  • Deliver effective decarbonisation in line with the Government legally binding climate target
  • Provide immediate support to businesses so that they can deliver on net zero and in so doing enhancing their competitiveness and sustainability 

The Programme is Offering the Following Services to Eligible Businesses:

  • Information and Advice: 1-2-1 advice, webinars, workshops, peer networks, supporting businesses to understand how they can get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, support with new regulations, having an impact on investment and energy challenges with less uncertainty to enable them to take larger/longer-term investment decisions.
  • Energy Audits/free diagnostic tools/on-site carbon reduction surveys: supporting businesses to quantify and benchmark their emissions (audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and operations), identify cost-effective energy-saving measures, set validated emissions targets, embed low-carbon strategy within the company.
  • Knowledge Transfer Activities: a more technical Research and Development (R&D) support aimed at carbon accounting and sustainability software.
  • Grants: businesses can get a grant of up to £100,000 in funding and up to 50% aid intensity. If your business has had an energy efficiency assessment either through Decarbonisation/Net Zero or from an accredited audit company over the last 2 years, please contact your local authority and you will be able to apply for a grant.

Support to help your business make significant decarbonisation and money saving changes.

Register for a FREE business energy assessment.

If you have any questions regarding the programme, please contact decarb@aston.ac.uk or call 0345 646 1352.

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