03 Jan Northants funding and resources for going green in 2024
Northamptonshire businesses, it’s time to get excited about the future! As we face the challenges of climate change, there’s a golden opportunity for you to lead the way in sustainability and reap the benefits. Here’s how you can make a real difference and boost your business in 2024.
Firstly, it’s key to know where to start. Transport, energy, buildings and waste are usually the biggest emitters, so don’t reinvent the wheel – assess where you are in these areas and then jump straight to some of the most impactful solutions below.
- TRANSPORT: Switching fleets to electric and hydrogen powered vehicles is the most immediately impactful thing you can do. Remote working and flexible travel policies can also make an instantly measurable difference, reducing emissions from commuting and boosting staff happiness and productivity. Plus, setting up a carpooling scheme is a great way to build team spirit!
- ENERGY: Switch to renewable energy. By choosing a green energy provider or by installing solar panels, you’ll not only cut carbon emissions but also reduce energy costs.
- BUILDINGS: Think energy efficiency upgrades. Simple steps like LED lighting, motion sensors and smart thermostats can significantly lower your energy use and bills. Utilise grants or loans for insulation to reap savings immediately.
- WASTE: Minimising single-use plastics, utilising sustainable materials and promoting recycling inhouse and externally can save money and appeal to environmentally conscious customers.
In addition to internal efforts, the suppliers you work with also contribute to your carbon footprint. Building a sustainable supply chain is another key strategy, so don’t underestimate your impact on existing or potential partners. By working with local, eco-friendly suppliers, you’ll reduce transportation emissions and support the local economy.
Many of these strategies are supported by the below funding options:
- NNDecarb £5,000 funding: https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/communities-assets-and-grants/nndecarb-business-grant-scheme
- Rural business grant scheme, £5,000-£15,000: https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/communities-assets-and-grants/rural-business-grant-scheme
- Voluntary, community and social enterprise £5,000 grants: https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/communities-assets-and-grants/community-funding
By leveraging this funding, you can help the planet and create a more resilient business. It’s a win-win situation!
Want to learn more? Get some climate change training for your business. We offer free one-hour sessions that you can book here: https://www.future.org.uk/courses/free-courses
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Author: Emily Fedorowycz, Green Councillor, Mayor of Kettering, and Founder of Northants Carbon Literacy