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Sustainability Hub

Welcome to Chamber Sustainability Hub

Introducing our NEW sustainability hub!

The Sustainability Hub has been developed to offer businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire a digital space to access all information concerning sustainability. You’ll be able to access information around energy grants, funding, energy efficiency tips, cost advice, useful links and much more.

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Read our Sustainability Quarterly Economic Report

We’ll also keep you updated on the latest sustainability topics, including how Herefordshire and Worcestershire are contributing to the governments net zero target. You can also view the latest sustainability news from across the two counties, explore our upcoming sustainability events and read the sustainability edition of the Business Direction Magazine. We encourage Members to get in contact with us if they wish to share information or advice via the Sustainability Hub.

Attend our upcoming Sustainability Forum

Read our 2023-2024 Business Manifesto

Sustainability Grants and Resources

Here you’ll find a list of grants and resources available to businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire in relation to sustainability.

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Marches Energy Grant

The Marches Energy Grant (MEG) offers free advice, energy assessments and grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures to SMEs from all sectors in Herefordshire. The funding is also available to support community buildings.

Assessments are for SMEs who wish to use their energy more efficiently, reducing costs and improving environmental credentials. Grants worth up to £20,000 are available for eligible businesses.

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EV Infrastructure Grant

The EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets is for small-to-medium-sized businesses, with no more than 249 employees. Your business must be a UK-registered company, charity or public sector organisation.

The grant covers up to 75% of the cost of installing the infrastructure needed for chargepoints to operate and for future chargepoints to be installed, as well as the cost of any chargepoints installed.

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Net Zero Hub

In 2021 The British Chambers of Commerce conducted a national Net Zero survey. In response to their findings, the British Chambers of Commerce have launched a free online hub to help businesses find out how to measure their carbon footprint, set targets and develop an overall Net Zero strategy.

The hub is packed with information on how to apply for grants, where to seek specialist advice and practical tips from firms that have already acted.

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NatWest Carbon Planner

Reducing emissions for your business is challenging and with limited resources it can be hard to decide where to focus your efforts.

Carbon Planner is free and can support you to become a more sustainable organisation, and help you to identify potential cost and carbon savings too. Use it to measure your carbon footprint by answering a few questions, get tailored actions and start building a plan to reduce your emissions.

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The UK B Corporation Movement

Our most challenging global problems cannot be solved by governments and non-profits alone. By harnessing the power of their business, B Corps commit to positively impact all stakeholders – workers, communities, customers, and our planet.

Businesses that become B Corps have seen great results: committed and motivated employees, increased customer loyalty, higher levels of innovation, and market leadership.

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Worcestershire's Decarbonisation Portal

Worcestershire County Council have partnered with Climate Essentials to offer free access to their carbon management platform for one year, alongside sessions to help get you started.

The portal will allow collation and analysis of an organisations’ energy, transport, waste, and supply chain emissions, making climate action easy. Any Worcestershire business is eligible to access the portal, however there are limited licences.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

An ISO 14001 Environmental Management System is a way of managing the aspects of your business which have a significant impact on the environment. Improving your Environmental Management System (EMS) to the level required by ISO 14001, helps to protect it from reputational damage and benefit from cost savings. It can help increase your employee engagement and improve your legal and regulatory compliance.” Get in touch with ISO Quality Services to find out more about the benefits of gaining this ISO 14001 certification. 

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Chamber Net Zero Strategy

There are many business strategies, theories and models that reference Environmental challenges, Sustainability and Net Zero ambitions. Whether Internationally, Nationally, Locally, at a business level or as an individual, these are common topics of conversation and key drivers for positive change.

Energy Efficiency Tips

Every little helps! Here are our top tips for energy efficiency. Sometimes a series of small changes can have a large impact.

Switch off standby

Turn your appliances off standby mode when you’re not using them.

Turn off lights

Turn your lights off when you’re not using them or when you leave a room.

Heating

Set thermostats correctly. Set the office to 19°C and cooling at 24°C or higher.

Educate

Ensure employees are aware of the cost of wasted heat and air conditioning costs.

Draughts

Identify sources of draughts and fit appropriate draught proofing.

Consider LEDs

Are all your lights LEDs and energy efficient? Consider making a switch.

Equipment

Encourage staff to turn off monitors and computers at the plug when they leave.

Using laptops

Switch from desktop computers to laptops, as laptops use less energy.

Reduce travel

Encourage employees to car share for journeys and use virtual meetings.

Air Conditioning

Ensure air conditioning is turned off in meeting rooms when people leave.

Sustainability Topics

Explore a range of different sustainable topics, gathering top tips and information.

 

United Nations - Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Find out more.

Low Carbon Heat Sources
The world’s best low-carbon heating solutions explained by Ovo Energy

It might come as a surprise to learn that as much as 15% of the UK’s total carbon emissions come from the energy we use to heat our homes. That’s because – apart from when we’re sweltering in a summer heatwave – most of the energy used by a typical household is for heating.

The good news is that low-carbon heating can make a big dent in that figure. What’s low-carbon heating, you might ask? Here’s your chance to find out about the latest heating technologies to help reduce the impact of your carbon footprint on our planet. Read full article here.

A guide to energy efficiency in the workplace

Did you know that the average small and medium sized enterprise (SME) could reduce energy bills by 18-25% by installing energy efficiency measures and implementing behavioural change?

With energy bills and operating costs on the rise, introducing energy efficiency equipment and workspaces can save your business money on energy bills.

Here, we explore key areas that will benefit from energy efficiency improvements, including heating, lighting and equipment.

Read full article here.
Solar Panels for Business: Benefits and Costs

Solar PV panels enable thousands of households across the UK to generate their own free electricity, lower their energy bills, earn income by selling electricity to the grid, and reduce their impact on the environment, but it’s not just homeowners who can benefit from solar panels.

If you own a business and your premises are suitable (i.e. your roof can accommodate solar panels), installing solar could be a great move for your future. Here we explore the benefits and costs of solar panels for business in the UK.

Read full article here.
How to reduce business waste

Making your office eco-friendlier by recycling your business waste doesn’t just polish your ‘green’ business credentials – it saves you money! This article provides helpful tips on how to reduce business waste.

Read full article here.
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Finding a Pathway to Sustainability

In this era of sustainability, it is easy for companies to fall into the trap of thinking about their operations in terms of energy consumption and emissions. Yet, these are just two pieces of a much larger puzzle. Sustainable business is about looking beyond the costs and benefits, taking into account social factors and economic impacts on society as well as the environment. It also requires companies to take advantage of new technologies that can offer invaluable data points on how to improve their environmental performance over time.

Data holds the key to sustainability

Data is a key part of the sustainability picture. It can be used to measure, monitor, understand, and predict sustainability. It’s important to know what data you’ll need before you begin collecting it so that you don’t waste time or money on something that won’t work for what you’re trying to accomplish. 

With the demand for energy growing, many companies are looking to reduce their energy consumption. Energy monitoring is a key tool that can help achieve this goal.

We use big data and analytics to help you monitor your production assets, facilities, and environments. We provide a solution that helps you identify opportunities to improve your energy efficiency while also providing insights into how you can reduce carbon emissions.

What Level of Detail Can be Captured?

Our solution allows you to seamlessly track your entire facility, from high-level building usage down to asset level monitoring, you’ll be able to:

– See which areas are being used most often, so you can make informed decisions about where to place your resources

– Identify when assets are being used less than they could be and take steps to increase usage (and revenue)

– Cut costs by finding out what areas are being underutilised and reallocating resources accordingly

– Create reports that include real-time data on building and asset usage

Whether you’re a facility manager, operations director, finance director, or just interested in insights, we’ve got you covered. The solution is built for efficiency and scalability—it scales with your business, so it can grow with you.

Is there any National or Regional Funding to Help?

Multiple schemes offer grant funding. A recently onboarded client was able to get £10,000 to cover the cost of implementing our monitoring solution. There’s more information on the Chamber Sustainability Hub about the various schemes available.

For more information visit Caption Data or Contact us at solutions@captiondata.com

Herefordshire Green Network

The Herefordshire Green Network is a not for profit organisation that brings together local groups and individuals who are committed to a thriving Herefordshire and are working together to address the climate & ecological crises.

Energy Systems Catapult

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth on the way to Net Zero.

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