Carbon dioxide is the main contributor to climate change and it is important that businesses and individuals contribute towards reducing the amount that is produced. In July 2019, the council declared a climate emergency. It has set challenging targets to make council operations carbon neutral by December 2025 and to work towards making the borough net zero carbon by 2030. Find help to make your business more sustainable:
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
You will find a toolkit for local businesses of all sizes on the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council website. This will help you to understand how you can take action to become more sustainable and cut your carbon emissions.
North Hampshire Sustainable Business Network
An established network organised by local businesses, local authorities and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce that offers free half-day workshops and a website with expert information for small to medium sized businesses.
Themes covered in the workshops can help you to win more business and cut costs. Previous topics have included:
- Marketing your business as sustainable.
- Increasing tender success.
- Reducing overheads by being ‘greener’ (energy, water, procurement, waste).
- Ensure your business is legally compliant.
- Setting up an Environmental Management System and sustainability reporting.
- Winning grants and securing funding.
These events offer expert speakers, peer group networking and great venues.
To join the database to be invited to all future meetings please visit the Sustainable Business Network website.
Businesses across the EM3 region are able to bid for a share of £600,000 funding for energy efficiency audits, grants and innovation as part of a project aiming to secure a reduction in 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. More information can be found on the EMphasis3 website.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has joined forces with local authorities across the region in the Low Carbon Across the South and East programme (LoCASE) to provide a free support programme for small and medium-sized companies. This EU-funded business programme, running until June 2023, supports the shift toward a low carbon economy through financial and non-financial support.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help businesses reduce their costs and greenhouse gas emissions while improving their energy efficiency to help grow low carbon and environmentally responsible businesses in Basingstoke and Deane.
The programme aims to help businesses to become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions. In addition to promoting energy efficiencies, the scheme recognises the critical role small and medium-sized businesses play in developing new and innovative sustainable products and green solutions, boosting economic growth and creating new jobs.
Find out about the eligibility criteria and register your interest for a grant on the LoCASE website.
The Environment Centre
The Environment Centre (tEC) website is a one-stop shop for environmental information in the South of England, providing practical support for businesses, schools, community groups, public sector bodies and individuals.