Net-Zero Hub

Welcome to Ayrshire Chambers Net-Zero Hub.

 

This hub will be updated regularly, with current guidance, funds, events and further information to help your business and employees reduce you businesses Carbon Footprint, lower your environmental impact and become Net-Zero.

 

Delivering Scotland’s circular economy: a consultation on proposals for a Circular Economy Bill

Consultation closes on 22nd August 2022  |  Submit your feedback on the Bill here 

 

FUNDS

Used Electric Vehicle Loan for Businesses [OPEN

In September 2020, the Low Carbon Transport Loan was extended to cover used electric vehicles. This means that Scottish businesses of all sizes can now receive financial support towards the purchase of a used electric vehicle. 

The Used Electric Vehicle Loan can be used for the purchase of a used electric car, van, motorcycle or moped by businesses that currently actively operate in Scotland. To view guidance, click here.

 

Circular Textiles Fund [OPEN, closes 29th July 2022]

Zero Waste Scotland is administering a new £2million fund, backed by Scottish Government to help reduce the environmental impact of textiles. The fund aims to support the development of circular supply chains in Scotland and help businesses achieve net zero.

The Circular Textiles Fund can help businesses in Scotland to implement innovative circular projects to drive Scotland's circular economy, in which resources are valued and kept in circulation for as long as possible. To view guidance, click here.

 

Hydrogen Innovation Scheme [OPENDeadline for submission of all expressions of interest is 13 August 2022 at 17:00]

The £10 million Hydrogen Innovation Scheme will provide capital support over the next four years . This aims to unlock additional private investment in the technology, and enable new companies to enter the sector.

The new funding aims to drive innovation within the hydrogen sector and accelerate its production and storage has been launched. To find out more, click here.

 

Switched on Taxis Loan [OPEN]

Interest-free loans of up to £150,000 are available to help owners and operators of hackney cabs (purpose-built taxis) or private hire taxis to replace their current vehicle with an eligible ultra-low emission vehicle.

The maximum amount of loan support available to purchase one electric car is £30,000, or £35,000 for one electric van. The vehicle must cost £50,000 or less. To see guidance, click here.

 

Electric Vehicle Charge Point Tourism Recovery Fund [OPEN8th September 2022 (or when funds are depleted)]

Businesses can apply for funding to assist in the installation of an electric vehicle charge point on their premises. The funding will cover 75% of the total cost of the charge point and installation (including applicable VAT), up to a maximum of £15,000.

There is enough funding to cover around 100 charge points. To view guidance, please click here.

 

Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Strategic Research Programme (SRP) [OPENING SOON]

Projects which aim to boost food security in Scotland and address the biodiversity and climate crises will benefit from a major Scottish Government funding programme.

At The Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced major investment of more than £200 million through the 2022 to 2027 Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Strategic Research Programme (SRP).

 

Sustainable Tourism Certification Scheme discounted membership [OPEN, applications close in March 2023]

Micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the tourism sector in Scotland could be eligible for a £500 discount on fees that join the EarthCheck, Green Key and Green Tourism certification schemes.

To receive the discount, you will need to join one of the 3 certification schemes by March 2023. To apply, and see guidance, please click here.

 

Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund [OPEN, funding will be available from 19th May 2022 until 31st March 2026]

The Low Carbon Manufacturing Challenge Fund is for any company with a manufacturing base in Scotland that wishes to pursue business growth by developing low carbon products, processes or services. The minimum grant value is £150,000 for eligible costs.

To view guidance, click here.

 

Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Challenge Fund [OPEN, no closing date announced yet]

This challenge supports companies to carry out research and development (R&D) to develop technology that will lead to new commercial uses for CO2 and create jobs as part of the journey to a low carbon economy. The funding will support projects at the appropriate level of technology readiness to develop and test technology in CO2 utilisation projects. To view guidance, click here.

 

Business Energy Scotland: SME Loan Scheme [OPEN]

Loans up to £100k are available to help you pay for energy and carbon-saving upgrades in your business. You could also receive a cashback grant of up to £20k. 

An SME loan can be used to finance the installation of energy efficient systems, equipment or building fabric, including: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades; renewable heat technologies such as installing an air source heat pump; improving insulation, draught-proofing, double or secondary glazing; installing LED lighting; installing solar panels, wind turbines and wood-burning stoves.

To view guidance, click here.

 

North Ayrshire Council - Green Jobs Fund [OPEN]

The Green Jobs Fund (GJF) helps businesses, community groups and potential investors explore renewable energy generation and circular economy schemes that can create local, fair, green jobs. North Ayrshire's Business Team will respond to your enquiry within 5 working days. To view guidance, click here.

  

Warmer Homes Scotland [OPEN]

The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme offers funding and support to households struggling to stay warm and keep on top of energy bills.

Warmer Homes Scotland is designed to help people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving improvements. The Scottish Government is offering assistance to homeowners and private sector tenants struggling to heat their home, who have lived in their property for at least twelve months, and who meet the eligibility criteria. To view guidance, click here.

 

Home Energy Scotland Loan [OPEN]

Up to 40% cashback for some eligible energy efficiency measures and 75% for certain renewable heating systems (based on total costs and capped at a maximum value) is now available. Cashback is subject to availability while funds last or until the end of the financial year – whichever is sooner. Funds are reserved for customers when their loan is offered. To view guidance, click here.

 

Social Enterprise Net Zero Transition Fund [OPEN, no closing date announced yet]

The fund will support projects that reduce your organisation's carbon footprint, including activities such as: reduce energy consumption; improve energy efficiency; develop or help move to renewable energy sources; help transition to sustainable transport options and more. To view guidelines, click here.

 

Scottish Government Heat Network Fund [OPEN, applications reviewed quarterly]

£300 million will be made available, over the next parliamentary session, to support the development and rollout of zero emission heat networks across Scotland. This fair and open fund aims to stimulate commercial interest, investment and maximise Scotland’s vast potential in the low carbon sector, whilst contributing to the positive progress on reducing Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Scotland’s Heat Network Fund is open to all public and private sector applicants. To see guidance, click here.

 

EVENTS

30th JuneCould you heat your business for less with heat pumps? - Business Energy Scotland (online)

7th July - Circular Economy Consultation LIVE Webinars - email livingcircular@zerowastescotland.org.uk

13th July - Small Business Research Initiative MRV for land based greenhouse gas removal, Phase 1 (online)

 

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