Climate Change


One of the major challenges facing local businesses is to maintain viability and profitability during the economic downturn. Electricity, gas and water costs are all becoming more significant for businesses - especially as energy bills are anticipated to increase significantly in the coming years.

We aim to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency and become more sustainable as a means of helping the Borough tackle climate change and reduce operational costs.

A 3 year programme is in place to support SMEs in Southend to reduce their operating costs through resource efficiency. The European funded Low Carbon Business Programme provides fully funded green business support, business audits and grants of up to 40% of the cost of implementation of measures identified to reduce costs and at the same time cut carbon.

Some 100 businesses in Southend have already benefited from this support, 4 in 10 of them having successfully applied for grants from the programme to change the way they work and reduce their costs. Case studies of what some of these businesses have done and the difference it's made together with information about the programme can be found at the Low Carbon Business website.

Alternatively visit the Carbon Trust for specialist support and advice on how your business could save energy money and cut your carbon footprint.

Page last updated: 16/10/2018