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Net zero round up news

We’ve compiled some of the latest news and views about Net Zero to keep you right up-to-date.


Nearly two thirds of councils in England aim to be carbon neutral in 20 years before the national target. This will affect procurement planning especially around the housing and building sector with a drive towards low carbon heat sources and other low carbon goods. 

A dedicated local government day at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in October will help to determine the roles of national and local governments and funding and financing opportunities available.
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HSBC has confirmed that a £500m fund to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) improve on sustainability that was first discussed at COP26 has officially launched today (17 January).

Click here to find out more.


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a further competition window for applications to the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support businesses on the path to Net Zero.

Click here to find out more.

Location: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Value: £60m pot

Deadline: 29 Apr 2022

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SMEs, public sector organisations, and community groups developing low carbon projects across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire are invited to apply for investment through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s new Low Carbon Growth Fund. Click here to find out more.

Value: up to £1.5m

Deadline: 28th January 2022


All vehicles that have been approved as ultra-low emission vehicles by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) are eligible for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.

This includes vehicles that may no longer be eligible for the plug-in car grant, either because they exceed the category 2 or 3 price cap or they are no longer on sale in the UK.

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.


Find funding to help your business become greener. Almost £5 billion of funding is available to help UK businesses become greener as part of the government’s commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

See link for funding deadlines.

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The government is also proposing new energy efficiency schemes from 2022 to replace the closed non-domestic renewable heat incentives.  The Clean Heat Grant will provide up front capital funding for businesses that integrate green heating technologies such as heat pumps.

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