Helping your business to get greener


Helping your business to get greener

This page was last updated on September 22, 2023
More and more businesses are doing their bit to combat climate change by being more sustainable – and seeing the financial benefits.

The role of business in addressing climate change will be a big talking point at COP 28 in November. For UK businesses that want to do their bit to protect the environment, there are already a range of financial incentives in place to encourage just that.

A green roadmap will be different for every business and probably won’t be achieved overnight, but even small steps can make a big difference. Here are five ways you could make your business more sustainable:

Energy efficiency

You may be able to access grants to make improvements to your premises, such as installing LEDs. If you’re a tenant, talk to your landlord and discuss what they’re changes willing to make.

Reviewing consumption

Significant reductions can be achieved simply by turning off lights, computers and equipment when not in use or turning down heating and keeping your equipment maintained and efficient. Hold meetings online to cut travel emissions and investigate whether your waste can be recycled.

Sustainable suppliers

Shop around to see if you can source locally or switch to a provider with stronger green credentials.


Consider grouping multiple orders together or offering bulk deliveries and choose couriers committed to reducing climate change.

Sustainability champion

Appoint someone in your business to drive green initiatives, such as the cycle-to-work scheme. The cap on the value of bicycles and electric bicycles purchased through the scheme has now been removed.

It can be daunting to try to do all this yourself, but there’s plenty of guidance available online via organisations such as the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors and the CBI. The potential benefits make doing your research well worthwhile.

For example, it’s reckoned a medium-sized business could reduce its water consumption by 3.9 million litres per year by using the right washroom technology.

Green incentives

Businesses can claim 100% first-year tax relief on the cost of energy-efficient technology and equipment without eating into their annual investment allowance.

Many may be able to reduce the climate change levy they pay on electricity, gas and solid fuel by signing a climate change agreement (CCA). This can bring a discount of up to 90% on electricity bills and 65% on all other fuels – provided you improve your energy efficiency and cut energy use.

Other taxes and schemes to promote greener operations include:

For more on green taxes and reliefs, go to the Environmental taxes, reliefs and schemes for businesses page on the gov.uk site.

If you’re planning to minimise the environmental impact of your business, do talk with one of the Shipleys team to discuss the latest incentives and allowances.

Specific advice should be obtained before taking action, or refraining from taking action, in relation to this summary. If you would like advice or further information, please speak to your usual Shipleys contact.

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