Let’s Talk Business: SMEs offered chance to go greener as council aims for net-zero goal

26th Jan

Hull businesses are being offered an exciting opportunity to become more energy-efficient thanks to a council-led scheme.

The Hull Business Energy Efficiency Scheme (HBEES) is a Hull City Council-led scheme that offers a host of measures that will assist businesses to reduce their energy costs, while also reducing their contribution to greenhouse gases. HBEES is part-funded by the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme.

The city council wants to see Hull at the forefront of the drive to reduce carbon emissions and the impact of climate change. With the UK on a path to an 80% reduction in its carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, Hull is embracing a low-carbon economy to ensure this wider future prosperity.

Phil Hall, from the council’s economic development and regeneration team, said: “Hull City Council is delighted to offer this specialist support to local businesses that will not only help them become more energy-efficient and reduce their costs, but also contribute towards the City Plan’s aim of being a carbon-neutral city by 2030.”

Specialist support provided by the council will include the installation of new technologies – such as heating and LED lighting systems, solar panels and even personal wind turbines – access to expertise and advice, as well as opportunities for grant funding to invest in energy-saving equipment.

HBEES is aimed at SMEs across the city. So if you’re a small or medium-sized enterprise with fewer than 250 employees within construction, manufacturing, food, retail or other tertiary sectors, then you may be eligible for the scheme.

Once registered you will have an energy assessment visit and report at zero cost to you. The report will outline the potential improvements that can be made, showing how any investments that businesses make now, will benefit not only each individual business, and help them save money – as well as facilitating Hull’s future as a greener city.

Following the initial assessment, any improvements that business owners choose to implement can be part-funded by HBEES, with the scheme potentially offering grants of up to £10,000.

  • Businesses interested in the scheme can find out more and contact the HBEES team by visiting hullbees.co.uk. You can also follow HBEES across social media for the latest updates: @hbeesuk
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