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Go Green

Employers- there’s lots going on to help you to be greener and leaner! And with energy prices rising higher it makes sense to reduce energy usage and waste.

Below is the latest Leicester and Leicestershire Green Skills July 2024 newsletter where you can see the latest on green skills support around the region.

Support to make your small business greener

The UK Government has set a target to be Net Zero by 2050 and that means big emission reductions for everyone – at home and at work.  There is a website – the UK Business Climate Hub – dedicated to providing help to SMEs who want to go green here.

We’re keen to support you in reducing your carbon emissions and this page carries regular updates on our projects plus any grants or schemes offered to Leicestershire businesses from other organisations.

There is some useful information on offsetting your carbon emissions here before you start to reduce them over time.

You can find out more about greener travel options from Choose How You Move here.

Smart Manufacturing Data Hub

The Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH) supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to become more competitive by harnessing the power of data.

One of the services of the Hub is to help improve energy usage and sustainability. Energy efficiency is an extremely important factor when taking into consideration how efficient your manufacturing process is. Power monitoring and analysis can help you to to optimise operations, lower energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. Download this leaflet for details on support from the SMDH.

Sustainable travel solutions

GO Travel Solutions is a specialist sustainable transport consultancy serving workplaces, communities and transport operators.

With decades of combined experience in the transport sector, GO Travel Solutions have been helping workplaces and communities to reduce emissions and embrace the opportunities that travelling more sustainably bring.

GO Travel Solutions are the coordinators of sustainable travel incentive packages – SmartGO, The Workplace Travel Package, and LocalGO, The Communities Travel Package. For more info on GO Travel Solutions, visit www.go-travel-solutions.com

Webinar: How to implement an electric vehicle salary sacrifice scheme

Webinar: Inspiring a cycle commute culture with cycle to work schemes

For more details use this link

Zellar - sustainability platform for small businesses

More than 70 local companies have taken up the opportunity to use a brand new digital platform to monitor and reduce their carbon emissions in a pioneering green initiative.

The world’s first sustainability as a service platform, called Zellar, enables a business to identify its carbon impact and then provides a bespoke plan to reduce it. We still have a very limited number of free licences available for you to apply for now.

Find out more about Zellar and apply now

What green support is on offer?


Get money for an electric car or van

Your business can apply for up to £4,500 towards the cost of an electric car and up to £8,000 towards the cost of an electric van. Find out more at www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants.


Cost and carbon savings from Zerocarbonbusiness.uk

A web-based resource to give businesses free, trustworthy and impartial information on how to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Visit www.zerocarbonbusiness.uk for details.


Carbon Trust's SME carbon footprint calculator

Designed to help SMEs measure their corporate emission footprint following GHG Protocol Guidance, including direct emissions from fuel and processes and those emissions from purchased electricity for the assets they operate. Visit The Carbon Trust


Workplace Charging Scheme

A voucher-based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints. Workplace Charging Scheme


Choose how you move (Leicester City)

The Active Travel Team supports city businesses, who recognise the health, environmental and financial benefits of encouraging their staff to make commute and in-work journeys by active and sustainable transport. Help includes a grant of up to £5000 per year to encourage staff to travel actively to work by walking and cycling, or to make your business travel more sustainable. Visit Travel Grants

Other support