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‘East Sussex Zero’ – Our Campaign for Net Zero

Welcome to the Business East Sussex Net Zero Campaign, ‘East Sussex Zero’.

Net Zero is becoming increasingly important to businesses, and with COP26 in Glasgow taking place in November this is the perfect time to start thinking about this issue and how businesses in East Sussex can get involved. Through this campaign, we are going to be highlighting the importance of Net Zero to local businesses and signposting to useful tools and resources, as well as free support programmes that can help businesses get closer to Net Zero.

Continue reading below for more information on why Net Zero is important to local businesses, information on business support, tools and resources, and information on what some of our partners are doing on Net Zero.

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Why is this important?

1. Consumers are increasingly making spending choices based on climate impact and sustainability

Consumers are increasingly making spending choices based on climate impact and sustainability – Research funded by Innovate UK show 74% of people think that climate change is a global emergency, and in 2019 BCG found that 75% of consumers view sustainability as extremely or very important when purchasing fashion. Research from around the world agrees that sustainability and climate impact are becoming greater factors for consumers when deciding what product or service they purchase.

Large companies recognise this and are leading the way in showcasing their green credentials to consumers. Examples include Amazons $2 billion climate pledge and Apples commitment to 100% carbon neutrality by 2030.

2. Low carbon credentials are becoming increasingly important in Supply Chan opportunities

Green credentials are becoming increasingly important in Supply Chan opportunities – As larger companies face increasing legislative pressure and react to consumer trends they are seeking to make their supply chains greener to reduce their own carbon footprint.

Net Zero and sustainability requirements are increasingly mandated in private and public procurement. For example, through their ‘climate Change Procurement Principles’, BT take energy consumption and environmental impact into account when making decisions on suppliers and require that any replacement supplier has lower energy consumption and environmental impact than their predecessor.

3. Green Innovations, adaptations, and new technologies offer increasing efficiency and profitability to businesses

Green Innovations, adaptations, and new technologies offer increasing efficiency and profitability to businesses –  While further innovations and new technologies are needed to help businesses and society reach Net Zero, there are increasingly affordable technologies and adaptations available today that can reduce your businesses carbon footprint, while also delivering financial savings and productivity increases.

Investments such as insulating your premises or producing your own energy from solar or wind, are investments that can deliver long term savings in heating and energy bills. Similarly, using electric vehicles in your businesses can considerably reduce your running costs, with electric vehicles running for as little as 1p per mile, compared to 7-8p per mile for the most efficient petrol and diesel vehicles. You can also take advantage of government subsidies which include plug-in grants when purchasing the vehicle , and the Workplace Charging Scheme which provides grants for installing charging points.

Start Now! – Calculate the carbon footprint of your business

Start now by calculating the carbon footprint of your business with  the SME Carbon Footprint Calculator from The Carbon Trust. You will need details of your:

  • Petrol / Diesel fuel consumption in litres
  • Electricity consumption in kWh
  • Natural Gas consumption in kWh or m3

What Can you do?


Energy Audits

A LoCASE energy audit can help you find out where your business is using energy, and how your business can save money and be greener.

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Grants of up to £5k and £10k are available to support businesses with projects to cut their emissions.

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SME Climate Hub


The SME Climate Hub has a range of useful tools and resources to help you reduce your emissions and future proof your business.

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Planet Mark


Planet Mark accredited businesses make a 12% cut in absolute carbon emissions per year.

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Carbon Calculator


Calculate your businesses corporate carbon emissions and reduce your carbon footprint.

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Clean Growth UK


Access university equipment and expertise to develop new products and grow your green business. Free and subsidised business support is also available, and access to regional grants


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SEBB Grants


SEBB provides grants of up to £10k to support business. Grants have to be for growth projects, but these can be projects which cut emissions too, such as electric vehicles.

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Electric Vehicle Charge Point


Apply for Workplace Charging Scheme vouchers to get a discount on buying and installing electric vehicle charge points at your workplace.

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Our Partners and Net Zero

Green Growth Platform

The University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

The South East Hub of Clean Growth UK, an award-winning green business-innovation network on a mission to help create robust, future-proof businesses that minimise their impact on the planet.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

Join Sussex Chamber for their ‘Green Sustainability & Climate Challenge Conference’ on 2nd November 2021.

Federation of Small Businesses

Explore the Small Business Sustainability Hub on the FSB website. Find out how FSB can help your business grow while shrinking its carbon footprint.