ARCHIVE: Support for businesses to improve environmental performance

Available funding for businesses

Funding for businesses for carbon reduction, innovation, apprenticeships etc (PDF 50 KB).

The organisations listed below provide advice and support to businesses seeking to improve their performance in areas such as using energy, water and other resources more efficiently, controlling pollution and reducing waste. There are also sites for example providing information on new technologies and identifying useful sources of finance for businesses seeking funding.

Resource efficiency - general

Business Link
Business Link is the official government website providing businesses of all sizes with free advice and support service, which is available online and through local advisers.  The service covers among other things: finance and grants; environment & efficiency; exploiting ideas; employment & skills; health, safety and premises; information technology and e-commerce; and tendering for public sector contracts.  There is also advice covering specific business sectors, e.g. construction, farming, food and drink, manufacturing and transport and logistics.

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
From 1 April 2010 WRAP became the one stop shop in England providing a single source of expertise for government sponsored material and water resource efficiency guidance and support for businesses, local authorities and consumers.

Energy and climate change

Energy Saving Trust's energy saving products
Database of energy saving recommended products 

Energy Technology List
Provides information on energy efficient products and technologies that attract 100% first year capital allowances.

The Carbon Trust
Developing low carbon technologies and helping businesses cut carbon emissions and capture the commercial potential of new technologies.

Carbon Disclosure Project
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organisation formed in 2000 providing primary climate change data to the global market place. CDP holds the world’s largest database of corporate climate change information obtained from responses to annual questionnaires issued on behalf of institutional investors, purchasing organisations and government bodies. The project has played a crucial role in encouraging companies to take the first steps in measuring and managing their carbon emissions providing technical advice, resources and tools. This includes those supplying the public sector - see Carbon Disclosure Project Public Procurement Programme - 2009 report on the AEA group website. CDP with Government support have produced a video about the programme, CDP Public Procurement 2009, which is on their website. Information on carbon reduction initiatives and legislation relevant to public sector procurement is given on our Government sustainability requirements page.

Hospitable Climates
Energy advisory programme managed by the Institute of Hospitality to reduce carbon emissions and their impact on climate change. Participating businesses receive a free service through a series of Energy Measures fact files offering guidance on how to improve their energy efficiency.


Water saving devices and the most efficient

Water Technology List
Provides information on water efficient technologies that attract enhanced capital allowances


Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
Creating efficient markets for recycled materials and products. Supporting companies wishing to collect, reprocess or use a range of recyclates.

London Remade
Not for profit business working in partnership to develop and improve waste management, recycling and green procurement in London, e.g. specialising in recycling schemes, waste minimisation, green purchasing, monitoring and evaluation and waste infrastructure and technology.


Energy Saving Trust - transport advice programme
practical solutions to help reduce costs and improve the environmental performance of car and van fleets. For fleets over 50 vehicles a free comprehensive review of transport operations is available through their panel of independent fleet consultants. Smaller fleets can benefit from their wide range of publications and telephone advice

Vehicle Certification Agency’s New Car Fuel Consumption and CO2 database
Enables buyers to identify cars that offer lower fuel consumption (or use alternative fuel types) and the excise duty payable and/or the relevant Company Car tax percentage bracket, based on CO2 levels.

Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving' (SAFED) programme
Department for Transport-backed programmes for drivers of HGVs vehicles (above 7.5 tonnes) and Light Commercial Vehicles (between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes), comprising a one full day off-the-job training course with practical assessments and theory papers based around accident prevention and saving fuel.


Technology Strategy Board - driving innovation
The Board stimulates technology-enabled innovation in the areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity and also promotes, supports and invests in technology research, development and commercialisation.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) programme
The SBRI is administered by the Technology Strategy Board to help early stage, high-technology Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) gain greater access to Research and Development (R&D) opportunities. The opportunities are offered through competitive R&D contracts with the aim of helping businesses to engage with a specific Government department need and to prove their technology or idea. Successful companies gain a lead customer for development and receive a contract for the full cost of demonstrating the feasibility of their technology, leading to subsequent prototype development. This provides a route to market and establishes credibility for further investment.

Government Buying Standards (previously known as "Quick Wins)

Government Buying Standards

The Government Buying Standards are designed to make it easier for government buyers to buy sustainably by providing mandatory and best practice standards for about 50 different products.  The web site provides a wealth of guidance on buying sustainably including links to sites identifying products that meet the standards.


Sustainability at Work
The web site provides guidance, tools, links and case studies to help small businesses integrate sustainability into their decision making. It also provides a framework to enable organisations to report on their performance in a more consistent manner

Procuring sustainable products
Guidance on how the Government operates a sustainable procurement policy, can also be used as a useful guide for business.

The CR Academy
Business in the Community’s online Corporate Responsibility Academy offers a signposting service to help practitioners find learning resources to improve their skills, knowledge and ability to integrate responsible and sustainable practices into their organisation’s operations. The site will also hold a competency map and self assessment tool designed to help practitioners identify their strengths and development needs.

Market Transformation Programme (MTP)
Developing policy strategies for improving resource efficiency of traded goods and services and keeping business up to date with product policy.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Technology Programme
Research and development into waste minimisation and energy efficiency.

Action Sustainability
Social enterprise set up to lead and inspire sustainable procurement, e.g. providing  training, awareness raising, benchmarking tools online, lists of suppliers of sustainable products and services, matchmaking of buyers and suppliers and consultancy services.

Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse
Promoting remanufacturing and reuse through research of, building the case for, and encouraging appropriate re-use and remanufacturing of so-called End-of-Life products. Services include: purchasing specifications for remanufactured products; directory of remanufacturers by product and sector; links to relevant trade bodies and purchasing portals and educating tomorrow’s business leaders.

Environment Agency
Web site provides general advice and guidance to organisations on the integration of sustainable procurement actions, e.g. providing: a process guide and tool kit for staff to understand how to integrate environmental and ethical issues into day to day procurement activities and commodity advice, including  environmental briefing guidance for 35 key commodities and the identification of risks and information on potential procurement actions to manage these risks

National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)
Helps procurement professionals to obtain sustainable goods and technologies by signposting them to businesses that use alternative, sustainable technologies in areas such as manufacturing, waste, construction and energy generation (e.g. anaerobic digestion) and businesses that remanufacture new products, construct highways and buildings using recovered materials. There is a dedicated industrial symbiosis of practitioners with knowledge of different industrial and commercial sectors and the expertise in finding innovative solutions to business waste.

Greater London Authority’s responsible procurement web site

Provides support for businesses, including : The Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code - a free support service for London based organisations committed to reducing their environmental impacts through responsible purchasing. The GLA’s Responsible Procurement Progress Report, ‘Delivering Value for London’ (published on 28 October 2009) describes the progress it has made in procuring responsibly and includes a series of case studies providing practical examples.

Supply chain assurance tool
WRAP tool for audits of sustainable supply chain practice.  It is designed for people with some expertise in sustainable procurement and some experience in assurance techniques. It requires a high knowledge of your operation and organisation and can be used to support interviews or workshops where a wide variety of people would contribute. The tool is based on self-assessment and requires a degree of judgement to score each question. Used in a well facilitated workshop, it should take about two hours to complete.

Page last modified: 29 November 2010
Page published: 2 October 2009

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