Introduction

Environmental considerations have become increasingly important for businesses, from ensuring your business complies with relevant legislation, through to improving your environmental performance more generally to reduce environmental impact and unnecessary energy and waste costs.

Further information

Environmental considerations for a business can cover a wide ranging topics depending on the type of business that you run or are planning to start up, from waste disposal through to applicable licenses or permits you might need.

Ensuring your business adopts good environmental and sustainable practices – going beyond simply ensuring you comply with relevant legislation – can bring many business benefits, such as :

  • Reduced costs & increased profitability – For example, reducing water, energy and raw materials usage can save money.  Recycling equipment and materials could make you money and save on disposal costs.
  • Increased competitiveness – going further than your competitors to embed environmental responsibility can set you apart from your competitors.
  • Long term sustainability and enhanced reputation – taking steps to reduce your environmental impact can increase customer loyalty, employee engagement and even create new investment or market opportunities.

Useful Links

  • UK Business Climate Hub | Tools and resources to support small businesses in reducing their carbon emissions and to provide climate solutions. You can join thousands of businesses by making a SME Climate Commitment | Click here for UK Business Climate Hub
  • Gov.UK website | Guidance on waste and environmental impact for businesses | Click here for Gov.UK waste & environmental impact guidance
  • The Carbon Trust | Set up by Government to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organisations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.  It offers advice, footprint measurement and certification | Click here for the Carbon Trust
  • Environmental Taxes, reliefs and schemes for businesses | You may get reliefs or be exempt from some taxes, e.g. if: you’re a small business that doesn’t use much energy or you buy energy-efficient technology for your business | Click here for green taxes overview
  • WRAP | Provides sources of funding, advice and tools to help businesses reap the benefits of reducing waste, developing sustainable products and using resources in an efficient way | Click here for WRAP.org.uk
  • ISO 14001 | The international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).  It provides a framework that a business can follow to set up an effective environmental management system | Click here for ISO 14001
  • South West Energy Hub | helps public sector and not-for-profit organisations establish green energy projects | Click here for SW Energy Hub
  • Travel Devon Toolkit | Businesses can access free tools, guidance and templates to help promote sustainable travel at your workplace
  • Green Street Planet Friendly Guide | Retail Sector Council resources including a Planet Friendly Guide containing practical actions. | Click here for Green Street Planet Friendly Guide

Business support services specific to environmental considerations are detailed at the bottom of this page.

To find out how the Growth Hub can help your business, contact our team today on 03456 047 047 or use our online form

business-support-icon-60px-01Business support programmes

    • Make It Net Zero Programme
    • Devon and Somerset
    • If you are an SME manufacturer based in the South West of England, this funded support programme from SWMAS will offer your business valuable advice and guidance at every stage of your net zero journey.
    • Read more
    • Net Zero Innovation Fund (Devon)
    • Devon
    • The Devon Net Zero Innovation fund is in place to enable collaborations between Devon enterprises and University of Plymouth academic researchers. The aim is to help Devon enterprises to develop new products or services for the low carbon sector, with funding of up to £7,500 per enterprise.
    • Read more
    • Low Carbon Devon
    • Devon
    • The Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon project, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will harness the University’s expertise and experience in sustainability to benefit the county’s employers. Through a range of coordinated activities, it will make the existing knowledge base easier to access for relevant businesses, embed graduate talent in the local economy and apply specialist research and development capacity to local low carbon and growth needs.
    • Read more
    • Future Farming Resilience
    • Devon and Somerset
    • Free, tailored one to one advice, webinars and business skills development workshops to help farmers and land managers navigate the changes brought about by the Agricultural Transition.
    • Read more
    • Carbon Reduction Business Grants (Somerset)
    • Somerset
    • Grants of between £500 and £1000 are available to any Somerset businesses wishing to introduce and implement carbon reduction measures to their business. The grant must be ‘match funded’ by the business applying for the grant on a 50:50 basis.
    • Read more
    • Countryside Stewardship
    • Devon and Somerset
    • Financial incentives for land managers to look after their environment.
    • Read more

icon-events-60pxEvents and workshops

    • Take Action: Green Wall Practitioner Help Guide
    • 05 October 2021
    • Are you interested in diversifying your business and expanding into the ever growing Green Wall sector?
    • Read more
    • How can we really reach net-zero in Devon?
    • 07 October 2021
    • What needs to happen, why it's not happening yet, and how your organisation or business can take action.
    • Read more

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