What can you do as a business?
- Ask your electricity supplier about switching to renewable energy - it could save you money because renewable energy is exempt from the climate change levy;
- Use energy efficient office equipment and fit energy efficient light bulbs where you can, it will save you money;
- Run awareness campaigns to encourage staff to switch off lights, computers and other electrical equipment - have a look at the Big Green Bundle for some ideas on how to do this;
- If you are a large organisation visit the Carbon Trust website for advice and support;
- If you are a local SME contact Severn Wye Energy Agency to find out what support is available; and
- Consider ways to reduce fleet mileage and transport costs and encourage employees to use their cars less.
As a business, it is also important to consider how climate change will affect your operations. Are there parts of your business which are vulnerable to a changing climate? Do you have a business continuity plan in place to ensure you can continue to run the business during adverse weather conditions? The Environment Agency can help you through its 'Climate Ready' advice and information service for businesses.
Businesses can also take advantage of the:
- Feed-In Tariff scheme, which pays businesses and householders for producing their own electricity using renewable schemes such as photovoltaics and wind and also for putting any surplus electricity back into the grid.
- Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which pays participants of the scheme who generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings.