Funding and promotional assistance is available from numerous organisations when it comes to saving energy.

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust has a range of products, tools and programmes to support organisations, developed over 15 years of experience in the fields of domestic energy efficiency, cleaner transport, low carbon energy and water efficiency. Whether companies want to verify their own energy saving claims, train their staff to offer advice, or evaluate their own work on climate change, The Trust’s independent, trusted expertise can help.

Energy Intelligence Services

Energy Intelligence Services can provide companies with robust evidence, whether they are planning a carbon reduction strategy, developing new energy saving products, communicating with or educating their customers or employees. Find out more

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon are a not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help business and the public sector boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Their green growth strategies are aimed at helping business to develop and implement sustainable business strategies, delivering competitive advantage and economic return.

Borrow £3,000 to £100,000 at 0% interest

0% business loans of £3,000 – £100,000 are available from the Carbon Trust to help organisations finance and invest in energy saving projects. Lyco can help you apply for a loan – just call our Low Energy Advice Team to book an appointment on 01908 651 100.

Why a 0% business loan makes business sense:

  • You can borrow between £3,000 and £100,000 interest free to purchase energy saving equipment
  • Anticipated energy savings offset the loan repayments. So new equipment should pay for itself and you should continue to make savings year on year
  • The loans are government funded and unsecured
  • A straightforward and fast application process with no arrangement fees
  • You’ll receive a conditional offer within 24 hours of your application being processed
  • Loans can be repaid over a period of up to 4 years
  • You can track the progress of your application online
Enhanced Capital Allowances

The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme is a key part of the Government’s programme to manage climate change. It provides businesses with enhanced tax relief for investments in equipment that meets published energy-saving criteria.Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) enable a business to claim 100% first-year capital allowances on their spending on qualifying plant and machinery, which includes energy-saving lighting programmes. There are three schemes for ECAs:

  • Energy-saving plant and machinery
  • Low carbon dioxide emission cars and natural gas and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure
  • Water conservation plant and machinery

Businesses can write off the whole of the capital cost of their investment in these technologies against their taxable profits of the period during which they make the investment.

This can deliver a helpful cash flow boost and a shortened payback period.

The ECA website covers equipment that qualifies for the allowance and provides background information about the scheme and its benefits, lists the eligible products and gives the performance criteria for each technology. It also explains how to claim ECAs.

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme

Formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment , The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory scheme to improve energy efficiency and therefore cut CO2 emissions in large public and private sector organisations. These organisations are responsible for around 10% of the UK’s CO2 emissions.

The scheme features a range of reputational, behavioural and financial drivers which aim to encourage organisations to develop energy management strategies that promote a better understanding of energy usage.

Organisations are eligible for CRC if they (and their subsidiaries) have at least one half-hourly electricity meter (HHM) settled on the half-hourly market. Organisations that consumed more than 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year of half hourly metered electricity during 2008 qualify for full participation and register with the Environment Agency, who is the administrator for the scheme.

Organisations that do not meet the 6000MWh threshold will have to make an information disclosure of their half hourly electricity consumption during 2008. Participants include supermarkets, water companies, banks, local authorities and all central Government Departments. Qualifying organisations will have to comply legally with the scheme or face financial and other penalties.

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