The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

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Energy efficiency support, energy assessments and funding for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland, and Wales

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is the energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £5,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase.

Find out more about how the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund can help you:

  • Energy opportunity assessment
  • Implementation advice & equipment procurement support
  • Workshops
  • Energy Efficiency Webinars and Guides
  • A financial contribution towards your energy saving equipment
  • Case studies
  • How to find out more and make an application
  • FAQs

Energy opportunity assessment

The Carbon Trust are offering energy opportunity assessments to small and medium sized businesses to help them identify energy saving opportunities, and to develop a robust business case for the purchase of the appropriate equipment (for further details on who can apply see our FAQs). Carbon Trust may provide this support remotely via telephone and email, or on-site.

These services are paid for by the Green Business Fund for a limited period.

Following an energy saving opportunity assessment, for those businesses wanting to improve their energy management practices, further support may be available through our Virtual Energy Manager to help implement a range of energy management activities from:

    implementing an energy policy to
  • identifying the best ways to engage employees.

The Virtual Energy Manager is targeted at SMEs with an energy spend of over £50,000 and will be delivered remotely through a series of support modules delivered by a Carbon Trust expert.

Implementation advice

Implementation advice and equipment procurement support to help you find reputable suppliers who will install appropriately specified equipment for your business needs. Designed to support businesses with a specific energy saving project in mind (e.g. lighting), your organisation can receive up to 5 days of support from a Carbon Trust consultant – at no cost to your business. This is available for companies with up to 1,000 employees in England, Scotland or Wales.

Specific help available includes:

  • A feasibility check
  • Writing performance specifications appropriate for your business
  • endering support, including supplier identification and assessment of tenders.

We will help you to find suppliers who can provide detailed quotes and who have been proven to deliver energy-saving projects in the past.

Implementation advice can also act as a gateway for your business to receive up to £5,000 capital contribution or up to 15% of the purchase cost of the energy saving equipment.


A series of workshops are planned to help small businesses work out how best to identify the energy saving opportunities available to them. Our advisers will be running these workshops with small groups of local businesses (aimed at companies with fewer than 50 employees) to show them how to make the most of this opportunity.

These services are paid for by the Green Business Fund for a limited period.

Energy Efficiency Webinars

Do you already know that you need to upgrade your lighting or you would like to learn more about how to improve the efficiency of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems? The Green Business Fund will be running a series of technical webinars covering a range of topics. Delivered by a Carbon Trust Technical expert, these will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Register your interest in attending these webinars below.

Upcoming webinars:

Energy Efficiency Guides

Download our series of free and impartial publications for advice on reducing your organisation’s carbon footprint, giving advice on energy efficient technology, renewable energy technologies, and sector-based advice. The development of these publications has been funded through the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund:

A financial contribution towards your energy saving equipment

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is offering a capital contribution of up to 15% of the project cost (up to a max of £5,000) to small and medium sized businesses, who could benefit from financial support when buying energy saving equipment.

This could mean up to £5,000 towards a new lighting system for your warehouse, heating and air conditioning equipment for your offices or a controls system for your factory – to help you rise to the challenge of becoming a greener business.

This support is available for a limited period on a first come, first served basis for small and medium sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales. The minimum total size of the project must be £5,000, and applicants should be contracting the entire project directly with a Green Business Directory supplier or a BESA Supplier, to ensure that your supplier is properly accredited.

Applicants for a Green Business Fund capital contribution must be in receipt of a capital contribution offer prior to contracting a supplier to install the equipment – we cannot retrospectively fund energy efficiency projects that have already been contracted – this is to ensure that the project selected has been assessed by the Carbon Trust as optimal for your business.

Businesses in Wales can take advantage of both the Green Business Fund and the Wales interest free energy efficiency loans scheme. SMEs in Scotland can also apply for the Resource Efficient Scotland interest free SME loan.

For more information view Carbon Trust

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