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.

See the Heart of the South West LEP Make it Net Zero Information Hub for further resources, support and local business success stories.

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
  • 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
  • BITC Circular Procurement Toolkit | To help businesses increase their green credentials | Click here for BITC Toolkit
  • 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

    • Green Heat Network Fund
    • Devon and Somerset
    • Next generation of heat network projects in England can bid for funding as government’s £288 million green energy scheme opens. Projects where a central energy source provides heat to multiple properties and businesses can play a key role in cutting carbon emissions.
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    • Make It Net Zero Programme
    • Devon
    • Access valuable advice, guidance, and resources to support you at every stage of your net zero journey through the Make it Net Zero programme for the Heart of the South West LEP area.
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    • 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.
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    • 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
    • Countryside Stewardship
    • Devon and Somerset
    • Financial incentives for land managers to look after their environment.
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icon-events-60pxEvents and workshops

    • Carbon Net Zero Workshop - Delivering Net Zero and Beyond
    • 19 May 2022
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