Green Business Impact Programme

Businesses across the country are joining the green movement to gain economic benefits and protect the environment. The UK government is committed to transforming all sectors of the UK economy to meet the Net Zero target by 2050, meaning companies emit no more carbon than they absorb. 

The Green Business Impact Programme is a fully-funded support programme to help businesses become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon emissions. 

Simple steps like switching to LED lighting, improving insulation, reducing waste, or changing transport can make a big difference to your business and the environment.  

Who is this programme for?

The programme is open to small and medium-sized enterprises, including charities, limited companies and sole traders, with commercial premises in Cambridge, Huntingdonshire, or South Cambridgeshire. 

Why participate?

A team of sustainability experts will work with local SMEs to help measure their current environmental impact, understand which activities to prioritise to significantly reduce their carbon footprint, and adopt eco-friendly, sustainable practices. 

Participation in the programme is completely free and comes with a grant opportunity of up to £5,000 (or more) to invest in energy-efficient equipment.  

Potential benefits and savings from going green. Source: Ecologi Climate Commitments Report 2023 

Interested but want some more information?

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a substantial impact on your business, save money and preserve the environment. Join us on this exciting journey toward a more sustainable and prosperous future. 

Leave us your details using the form below and we will be in touch to talk you through the programme and how we can help you and your business.

We also have some FAQs you can browse at the bottom of this page.

Key Facts

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A net zero roadmap is a strategic plan that outlines the steps and actions your business needs to take in order to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. The roadmap will be tailored specifically to your business, taking into account your unique circumstances, challenges, and goals. It will also provide a clear path to reducing your carbon footprint, improving energy efficiency, and embracing sustainable practices, all while aligning with your business’s objectives. Our experts will work closely with you to develop your net zero plan.

Completing a net zero roadmap is a strategic investment that aligns your business with environmental goals. Here are several reasons why you should consider completing a net zero roadmap: 

  • Environmental responsibility: Reducing your carbon emissions and working towards a net-zero carbon footprint demonstrates your commitment to combat climate change and protect the planet for future generations. 
  • Competitive advantage: Businesses that embrace sustainability and achieve net-zero emissions often enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Consumers and investors increasingly favor environmentally conscious companies, which can lead to increased brand loyalty and financial benefits. 
  • Cost savings: Implementing sustainable practices can lead to significant cost savings in the long run. Energy-efficient technologies and operational improvements can reduce utility expenses, making your business more financially efficient. 
  • Regulatory compliance: Governments and regulatory bodies are imposing stricter environmental regulations. Developing a net zero roadmap helps your business stay compliant with evolving environmental laws and regulations, reducing the risk of non-compliance penalties. 
  • Efficiency: The process of creating a roadmap encourages innovation within your business.  
  • Resilience: Sustainability initiatives can make your business more resilient to climate-related risks and disruptions. This resilience ensures that your operations remain stable in the face of challenges such as extreme weather events or supply chain disruptions. 
  • Stakeholder expectations: Customers, investors, and employees increasingly expect businesses to take action on sustainability. Completing a net zero roadmap demonstrates your commitment to meeting these expectations and aligning with the values of your stakeholders. 
  • Long-term viability: Sustainable practices are not just about short-term gains; they contribute to the long-term viability and success of your business. By reducing your environmental impact, you ensure your business remains relevant and adaptable in a changing world. 
  • Access to grants and incentives: Some sustainability initiatives, supported by your net zero roadmap, may make your business eligible for grants, incentives, and subsidies, further enhancing your financial prospects.

Yes, you are welcome to apply even if you don’t have full-time staff

The exact duration of the programme varies depending on the scale of your business and the kind of impact you want.

The programme offers two pathways:

If you are early in your green journey, you can get 2-4 hours of free support with sustainability experts to assess some energy emissions, identify actions to reduce energy usage, and apply for a grant of about £1000 to invest in green adaptations.

If you are looking for a comprehensive sustainability plan, then you can receive about 12 hours of free support to calculate carbon footprint, identify actions to reduce energy emissions, and develop a 5-year Net Zero roadmap. On completion of the programme, you can apply for a grant of about £5000 to invest in energy-efficient adaptations.

In both cases, the timings are kept flexible to suit your schedule. 

The Green Business Programme is jointly delivered by two organisations: 

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is responsible for the technical elements of the programme. They will provide expertise and guidance on sustainability practices, help you develop the net zero roadmap.

Allia is responsible for managing the grant aspect of the programme. They oversee the distribution of capital grants, helping eligible businesses secure funding for carbon-reducing technology, equipment, or sustainable enhancements. 

Yes, the programme is completely free-of-charge.

If you’re having any difficulties filling the application form, please register your interest using the form and our team will get in touch to advise you on the process.   

 Rest assured, any information you share about your organisation in the application form or during the programme will be treated with strict confidentiality. It will only be accessed by the project team on a need-to-know basis, in full compliance with GDPR practices.

The grant is for businesses and charities who participate in the Green Business Impact Programme. It is meant to help them implement their Net Zero plans.

The grant can be spent on anything that’s included in your Net Zero plan. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Building fabric improvements (insulation) 
  • Energy management systems 
  • Renewable energy technology (e.g. solar photovoltaic panels) 
  • Heat pumps 
  • Low energy lighting (e.g. LED) 
  • Improvements to the efficiency of heating/cooling system 
  • Energy efficiency and water-saving measures;  
  • Resource efficiency measures  
  • Sustainable transport measures (e.g. electric vehicles; electric vehicle charging points; or electric bicycles) to reduce reliance on petrol/diesel-run company vehicles. 

The exact amount will depend on your project expenses, and is typically up to £5000. If the total cost of your project is more than the grant amount, then you are expected to bear the remaining costs.

In exceptional cases, the grant funding may go higher than £5000 but only if the grant assessment committee feels there is considerable potential for carbon saving.

Participants of Green Business Impact Programme apply through the application link shared with them towards the end of the programme. The application submitted is reviewed by the Grants Review Committee for final approval.

The approval of the grant application is subject to provision of all required documents and necessary checks, like the anti-money laundering, financial health, and subsidy control checks.

We are dedicated to supporting founders and business owners amplify their impact. It’s what we do. Whether it be a local social entrepreneur or the next tech for good solution. Every venture’s work we support, goes towards our sponsors objectives of supporting a specific community or issue. Our partners are keen to see you make a difference in the world and have dedicated their resources to building out the various Allia programmes.

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