The Scottish Government’s energy efficiency support and advice service for Scotland’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will continue as Business Energy Scotland from 1 April 2022.
The new service will be managed by Energy Saving Trust and become part of the suite of energy advice and support already delivered via Home Energy Scotland (the domestic energy advice service) and Local Energy Scotland (providing support to community organisations).
The Scottish Government’s Heat in Buildings Strategy announced the new service in October 2021 as part of action to align the delivery of public schemes and help reach the nation’s ambitious net zero targets.
In order to reach those targets, more action is needed from businesses and industry to reduce emissions and introduce more sustainable practices. Business Energy Scotland will encourage and support SMEs to make positive changes to their premises and adopt new technology that reduces dependency on fossil fuels, such as heat pumps.
Using a mix of specialist one-to-one telephone support and a range of online tools and resources, the service offers free and impartial advice and support to SMEs to reduce their energy use and costs, as well as cut carbon. Financial support is also available through the Scottish Government’s SME loan and cashback scheme, which offers up to £100,000 to support the implementation of carbon-saving measures such as renewable heating and insulation, with up to £20,000 cashback available in some instances.
Mike Thornton, chief executive of Energy Saving Trust said:
“Supporting SMEs to save energy, money and carbon is a key part of Scotland’s transition to net zero and is particularly important at a time when energy prices are continuing to rise. Business Energy Scotland will continue to deliver this much needed help for the sector and we at Energy Saving Trust look forward to delivering the best possible service to smaller business throughout Scotland.”
Business Energy Scotland will provide a substantial free advice and support package to Scottish SMEs to help improve energy efficiency and decarbonise heating in their premises. The two main offers of support are:
- An initial ‘energy opportunities’ assessment to identify where and how savings can be made.
- A comprehensive report including a potential site visit to highlight possible improvements and sources of funding.
Until 1 April, SMEs can contact the Energy Efficiency Business Support service for advice and information at https://energy.zerowastescotland.org.uk/
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