While COP26 has now finished, the targets to achieve net zero in Scotland by 2045 and the UK by 2050 remain. All businesses, no matter what their size or sector, are going to have to take action to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable. This might seem a bit daunting, but there is a lot of help out there.
Find Business Support website
The Scottish Government Find Business Support website provides all the current support and resources available to Scottish businesses from public sector bodies. Here, you’ll find details of grant and loan funding schemes as well as free training and guides. The content of the page is updated constantly so that you are getting the latest information. Check out the site to find details of the latest support from Scottish Enterprise, Business Gateway and the Energy Saving Trust amongst others.
Business Gateway Falkirk offers access to low carbon and resource efficiency advice from sustainability experts for businesses in the area. This includes:
- Energy efficiency and renewable reviews
- Resource efficiency reviews, including packaging, waste and water minimisation
- Carbon accounting, footprint analysis, monitoring and reporting including ESOS, Carbon Disclosure Project and Carbon Trust schemes
- Net Zero Planning
- Environmental Improvement Programmes (ISO 14001)
- Sustainability cost benefit analysis and payback
- Funding opportunities
Find out more information about the Expert Help scheme in Falkirk. Businesses in Stirling and Clackmannanshire should contact their own Gateway offices to see what support they can provide.
Training for SMEs
Business Gateway has created webinars to help businesses in Scotland become more sustainable. Their ‘Go green to grow your business’ webinars are held regularly. Find a date that suits you on the webinar listings page on the Business Gateway website.
Networking and consultancy
Our partner, The Net Zero Scotland Community, helps Scottish businesses achieve net zero. The Community is a partnership between the Scottish Business Network and CBN Expert a leading carbon measurement software provider. Membership of the community is free to Scottish businesses and includes:
- Information and insights to equip you in starting and progressing your Net Zero plans.
- A Net Zero Business Accelerator program providing SMEs with an “on-ramp” to their Net Zero future.
- Access to an easy to use, low-cost carbon measurement, tracking and reporting dashboard.
- A network of experts who can provide specialist sustainability support.
- Membership of a community aligned with the United Nations Race to Zero initiative.
To find out more about the help they can provide on your net zero journey and for details of how to join, visit their website.
Public Sector procurement
Sustainability has been a feature of public sector tendering in Scotland and the UK for a while. However, given the increased focus on tackling climate change, this is likely to become even more important. The Supplier Development programme in Scotland is preparing businesses for an expected significant change to future procurement requirements related to Scotland’s 2045 net zero target.
Earlier this year, the UK Government published a new social value model for its procurement policy. It includes fighting climate change as criteria in assessing the social value of any procurement bid. The Cabinet Office has also stated that firms must commit to the UK target of net zero by 2050 before they can bid for major government contracts.
To keep up to date with the latest public sector procurement criteria and for details of the latest Meet the Buyer events, visit the Supplier Development Programme website.