UK small businesses call for improved energy incentives

Small businesses need to be more involved if the UK is to hit its climate targets. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) believe small and independent firms are key to […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Small businesses need to be more involved if the UK is to hit its climate targets.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) believe small and independent firms are key to closing the carbon gap – the government just needs to offer them improved incentives and reduce barriers to going green.

Its new report suggests the UK Government needs to produce a new carbon plan that features specific strategies in crucial areas for small businesses, for instance energy efficiency and micro-generation.

Around 60% of small businesses said security of supply was their biggest concern, with 86% saying the UK was too reliant on foreign energy. By enabling them to more easily and cost-effectively manage and create their own energy, the government can help alleviate these concerns and move towards a greener economy.

Currently only 12% of small businesses generate their own energy, primarily using solar panels, while 58% of small firms have made changes to improve the energy efficiency of their business.

FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “The government should produce urgently an updated carbon plan, looking specifically at small businesses as an audience.

“Many small businesses are willing and capable of becoming more energy efficient and even generating energy. With the right support, they can play a critical role in helping the UK reach its green targets and shore up supply.”