Government launches UK Business Climate Hub to help 5.5m SMEs reduce emissions

The government has launched a UK Business Climate Hub to help 5.5 million small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to save on energy bills while reducing emissions.

Research shows that 90% of SMEs are keen to tackle climate change but find it difficult to know how or where to start to find the right solutions to reduce their carbon footprint.

To support SMEs, the online UK Business Climate Hub includes a free carbon calculator and a suite of new tools to help businesses measure, track and report on their emissions and save money by using less energy.

It offers advice on sourcing products from green suppliers and reducing emissions from freight and logistics to the most cost-effective ways of installing solar panels and electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

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Minister for energy security and net zero Graham Stuart said the UK Business Climate Hub is a “one-stop-shop for businesses to find practical advice to reduce their carbon footprint and save on their energy bills.”

“Whether it’s fitting a low-carbon heat pump, generating energy with solar panels, or reducing the emissions from shipping goods, the new support will ensure businesses can drive towards net zero,” he added.

The new UK Business Climate Hub is endorsed by CEOs from leading companies including Co-op, HSBC, Siemens and Cemex that have developed a new business roadmap framework to help empower businesses to work with others in their sector to create tailored action plans for their own industry to decarbonise.

Federation of Small Businesses national chair Martin McTague welcomes the Hub as it will help small firms become “more energy and resource efficient.”

“SMEs recognise their role in net zero but many still find it challenging to access the relevant support and resources to play their part,” he added.


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