Going greener

How can my Sandwell business do more to protect the environment?

We all have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the world. In business, the goal is sustainability: carrying out our work without negatively affecting the environment for future generations. Here we’ve gathered resources to help your Sandwell business play its part in conserving energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and helping to prevent human-made climate change.

Become more energy efficient

As well as helping the environment, making your business more energy efficient can have a positive impact on your profits and ensure you are viewed more favourably by potential clients (read our page on social value).

Below are details of schemes to help you:

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The Carbon Trust
This organisation provides energy-efficiency support, energy assessments and funding for SMEs in England, Scotland and Wales. Visit the Carbon Trust’s resources page for tools, guides and reports to help your business achieve its sustainability goals.

EnTRESS (Environmental Technologies and Resources Efficiency Support Services)
EnTRESS uses academic research to support Black Country SMEs with adopting environmental technologies and resource efficiency processes.  Learn more at the University of Wolverhampton website.

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund
Launched in spring 2020, this government fund supports businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future. Read about the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund at the government website.

Low Carbon SMEs
Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Low Carbon SMEs project gives free advice and grant support for Black Country small and medium sized enterprises on a range of energy efficiency challenges. Visit www.smelowcarbon.co.uk for information.

Contact Sandwell Council

Sandwell Council’s main website has an Earth Day page with suggestions for residents and businesses to help improve air pollution. For further support, you can contact the air quality and climate change team via climate_change@sandwell.gov.uk.

Buy products and services locally

If your business can source the goods and services you need locally, this will lower your carbon footprint, help sustain jobs, and retain and recycle money in our region.

Read our #MadeInSandwell profiles to learn about dozens of talented and diverse businesses in our borough who might just have what you’re looking for.

Make sure you’re recycling . . .

Sandwell businesses can save money on their waste disposal by recycling business waste. Take a look at Sandwell Council’s page on business recycling and waste collections.

Volunteer to tackle litter

The award-winning Litter Watch, based in Tipton, offers excellent corporate volunteering opportunities, so you can build rapport within your team while giving something back to local communities.

Leave your car at home

Will you be affected by the Clean Air Zone for Birmingham, which comes into play on 1 June 2021? Take a look at the #BrumBreathes website for the latest information.

Plant trees

The government’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund provides 50 per cent of published standard costs for the planting and establishment of trees in urban and peri-urban areas. The application window is open until Sunday 25 July.

Attend these events

The Carbon Trust Net Zero Energy Transition Week
The Carbon Trust
Starting Tuesday 20 May

You’ll find more listed by GreenBiz – a media and events company seeking to accelerate a clean economy.

Share your ideas

Do you have sustainability or green tips for Sandwell businesses? Perhaps you’re holding an environment-focused event that you’d like our business community to know about? Contact the Think Sandwell team today so we can share it for the benefit of others (and the earth).

Page last reviewed in May 2021.

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