Become a green business

Information and useful links on the various schemes and grants available to help make your Gedling business green. 


Calculating your business Carbon Emission (Carbon Footprint)

This is an important first step to calculate the impact your business has on the environment – The Carbon Trust have a free carbon footprint calculator available on their website.


Accelerating Reduction in Carbon Grant Programme -Free energy Efficiency Audits and Low carbon Grants

Businesses across Greater Nottingham are taking steps to improve their energy efficiency - can you afford not to?

The Accelerating Reduction in Carbon Grant Programme (ARC) supports small or medium sized businesses who want to save money on energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

Our carbon reduction grants can provide financial support to invest in measures that lead to cost and carbon savings for your business. Businesses have already used our grants to implement projects such as:

  • LED lighting and heating upgrades
  • installation of energy efficient cooling systems, and
  • Insulation and production of renewable energy.

We can offer eligible business grants of up to £16,000 to fund 35% of the cost of installing carbon reduction measures.

To help you identify the best steps to take to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs we have an energy adviser who can provide a free carbon reduction audit. The adviser can also provide technical advice to help you make the right decisions.

The programme is open to businesses with fewer than 250 employees located in Greater Nottingham.

Additional information is available on the Accelerating Reduction in Carbon Grant Programme (ARC) webpage.

For more information, call David Kelly ARC Project Manager on 0115 876 4271 or email

Useful links and resources 

UK Business Climate Hub

The UK Business Climate Hub is an official UK Government site offering practical steps on cutting emissions, including:

Find out more on the UK Business Climate Hub website

Energy for Business scheme

The University of Nottingham’s Energy for Business scheme provide funded support, product research and development and capital funding for SMEs.

Businesses may be able to access funded support through the Energy for Business. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, this low-carbon innovation project offers:

  • Specialist consultancy from world-class academics
  • Events and workshops
  • Student placements and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • A capital grant for business growth
  • Access to outstanding facilities and expertise

To find out more, go to the Energy for Business website. 

The Sustainability in Enterprise project

The Sustainability in Enterprise project, operated by Nottingham Trent University, aims to drive sustainable growth in SMEs through a focus on the three key areas of business performance: process, premises and design.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the scheme is set up to help businesses fully understand their current carbon emissions and identify effective carbon reduction measures.

Financial support is available to help SMEs take action. Free, practical support is also available from specialists in sustainable business operations, building management, product design and employee engagement.

To find out more, go to the Sustainability in Enterprise project website. 

Business Green

Business Green provides companies with the latest news and best-practice advice on how to become more sustainable.

Visit the Business Green website to find out more 

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help businesses cut their carbon emissions and save energy. Their resources include:

.Find out more on the Carbon Trust website .

The Workplace Charging Scheme

The Workplace Charging Scheme is a government operated voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge points.

You can use these vouchers to get a discount on buying and installing electric vehicle charge points at your workplace.

You can get a discount on up to 20 sockets (a charge point may have more than one socket). You can get up to £500 off each socket.

To find out more, and apply, visit the Workplace Charging Scheme webpage. 

Environmental reporting guidelines

The government has published Environmental reporting guidelines to help companies comply with Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting regulations, as well as voluntary reporting on a range of environmental matters.

Find out more and view the supporting documents on the Environmental reporting guidelines webpage.

Business waste and environmental impact

The governments online resources for businesses include the waste and environmental impact section which provides advice and tools to help you comply with legislation and regulation.

Find out more on the Business waste and environmental impact webpage.

The East Midlands Chamber Sustainability and Energy Summit

The East Midlands Chamber Sustainability and Energy Summit shares the latest developments and opportunities relating to sustainability and energy supply, security, storage and creation.

Find out more on the The East Midlands Chamber Sustainability and Energy Summit website.

The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is a public body responsible for improving and protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development.

Find out more on The Environment Agency website.


WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is an independent not-for-profit company to help the circular economy. 

WRAP is a climate action NGO working around the globe to tackle the causes of the climate crisis and give the planet a sustainable future. Established in the UK in 2000 and now working in 40+ countries.  

Find out more on the WRAP website.