Green business Guides

Green Business Guides
We have tailor-made Green Business Guides to help inform more sustainable practices. Get the latest, up-to-date advice from the Climate Action team on: Carbon Reduction, Green Investment, Sustainable Procurement, Grants, Funding and Education.

Carbon Reduction

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK wide, mandatory scheme, which covers 10 per cent of UK emissions. Launched in April 2010, it was recently simplified under consultation. Responses to the consultation have been met with concerns by business groups, who still doubt the schemes’ ability to create effective change.

Cutting CO2 emissions and costs with carbon footprinting

Are you spending too much on energy? Do you dread tax increases on fuel? Are you concerned about government emissions regulation? By measuring your company’s carbon footprint you can take action to limit your exposure to rising fuel prices, reduce your energy bills and learn what you need to do to comply with environmental legislation.

Understanding Carbon Offsetting
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Carbon offsetting is one way for businesses to try to reduce their CO2 emissions, while at the same time enhancing their business image amongst an increasingly environmentally aware customer base. However, there are still significant pitfalls in the offsetting industry and businesses should be aware that offsetting will not provide a quick fix for the emissions problem.

The UK Green Investment Bank

Various groups have called for a green investment bank to drive the UK green economy forward and help meet the country’s climate change targets. The government is finalising the Green Investment Bank and expects to open its doors in 2012. Climate Action looks at how the bank will work and what it will mean for your business.

What are the benefits of Green Venture Capital Trusts?

There are now many ways to invest venture capital into renewable energy companies – one of the fastest growing and most profitable is the green Venture Capital Trust. This form of socially responsible investing not only provides a reliable stream of return, but is also currently benefitting from changes in governmental legislation.

Should businesses risk investing in green exchange-traded funds?

Private investors now have many funds through which to practice socially responsible investing. A green exchange-traded fund is an emerging vehicle for investment which, despite certain limitations, offers a range of financial incentives in return for private investment.