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Business sustainability

Sustainability drives competitiveness. Protecting environmental resources and cutting carbon is good for business, boosting your credentials with customers, suppliers, staff and investors. Explore the benefits of sustainable business practices. Learn how our sustainability specialists can help you work more efficiently, build resilience, and seize low carbon opportunities.

What is sustainability?

Business sustainability can help future-proof your business in the face of climate and nature challenges. It can also help you take advantage of the significant business opportunities related to these challenges.

Adapting to a net zero world brings change — but also opportunities. Cutting carbon and adopting sustainable business practices not only reduce business costs but also drive innovation, competitiveness and new ways of working.

Practical support for your business

Developing sustainable business practices will minimise the environmental impacts of your business, protect your business from risks and help you build business resilience. 

Our sustainability specialists can provide a tailored plan to help you: 

  • Improve the efficiency of your premises, products or processes
  • Cut costs
  • Investigate renewable energy options
  • Respond to future challenges
  • Take advantage of climate change and net zero opportunities

Find out more about our sustainability support 

Get into hydrogen

We offer hydrogen expert support to companies that want to grow by moving into the emerging hydrogen sector. Our industry specialists can offer support for your business, no matter its size or type.

We can help you to:

  • Understand if your company's capabilities can be transferred to the hydrogen sector to expand your market
  • Understand the potential benefits of turning to hydrogen, such as the ability to maintain or increase your turnover, workforce, and facilities

Get in touch if you're looking to grow and diversify your company in the low carbon energy field.

Find out more about hydrogen expert support 

Be part of Scotland's green energy boom

The green energy sector in Scotland is growing fast.

Using our skills, creativity, and knowledge, we can help you expand into the four areas crucial to Scottish supply chain growth:

  • Offshore wind
  • Green heat
  • Low emissions heavy duty vehicles
  • Hydrogen

Get to grips with the energy transition and learn how to maximise its potential for your business.

Learn more about the energy transition opportunity in Scotland 

Green recovery toolkit

Learn about sustainability support and funding from our partners.

One-to-one support

Get free one-to-one support opens in a new window from Business Energy Scotland and advice on how to make changes, including: 

  • A free energy assessment - to identify where and how you can make savings
  • A comprehensive report showing key actions you can take and where you can get further support

Green office guide

Read a green office guide opens in a new window from Business Energy Scotland with ideas to help you create a more sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-efficient office.

Other guides and tools

Find a range of guides and tools opens in a new window from Business Energy Scotland designed to support businesses. 

Case studies

Be inspired by what other have done. Read energy efficiency case studies opens in a new window from Business Energy Scotland.

More support services

Explore net zero guidance, support, consultancy and training opens in a new window available to Scottish businesses on the FindBusinessSupport website.

SME Loan Fund 

Find guidance and apply for the SME Loan Fund opens in a new window on the Business Energy Scotland website. This is a fund from the Scottish Government which can be used to install energy efficient measures such as lighting and heating upgrades, double glazing, insulation and much more.

Circular Economy Investment Fund

Read guidance and apply for the Circular Economy Investment Fund opens in a new window on the Zero Waste Scotland website. Grant funding for SMEs with innovative ideas for projects which have the ability to deliver carbon savings and create jobs. 

Food and drink business support

Get tailored, free food and drink business support from Zero Waste Scotland opens in a new window . This is available for hospitality, manufacturing and retail businesses who want to reduce their food waste. Support is also available for the public sector to reduce food waste.

More funding opportunities

Browse net zero funding available to Scottish businesses opens in a new window on the FindBusinessSupport website.

Sign up to our newsletter opens in a new window to stay informed about future grant support and funding opportunities.

Find NetRegs environmental guidance for business opens in a new window on the NetRegs website.

SEPA, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has created NetRegs, providing environmental guidance for businesses in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The dedicated website provides free advice, guidance and online tools about environmental regulations and how to comply with them.

Get practical advice for businesses and professionals opens in a new window from NatureScot — Scotland's nature agency — on a range of topics from planning and development to land and sea management. 

Race to Zero

There's never been greater awareness of the need to reduce emissions for the good of the planet, or a better time to start.

The UN’s Race To Zero is a global campaign bringing together businesses, cities, regions and investors to help create a healthy, resilient and zero-carbon recovery. More than 3000 businesses across the globe have already signed up to the initiative.

Find out how to get involved opens in a new window on the UN Climate Change website.

Got a question?

Our specialists are on hand to answer your questions and get you started on your sustainability journey.

Submit an enquiry

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