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Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund

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Please note that this page contains information and links most relevant for people living in Scotland.

Energy Saving Trust can help micro businesses within a 20km radius of the planned low emission zones in Scotland to retrofit their non-compliant vehicles.

In 2022, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee will introduce new low emission zones to improve air quality.

For more information, please visit our dedicated low emission zone webpage.

About the Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund

The Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund provides eligible micro businesses, who operate within one of Scotland’s four proposed low emission zones, with support to retrofit their existing non-compliant vehicles with Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) approved solutions that meet the minimum proposed standards of the low emission zones.

Grants are available to cover up to 80% of the cost of a retrofit solution, subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Up to £5,000 per light commercial vehicle and wheelchair accessible taxi installing retrofit exhaust after-treatment systems.
  • Up to £10,000 per wheelchair accessible taxi installing re-powering technology.
  • Up to £16,000 per heavy goods vehicle or refuse collection vehicle.

For more information about the fund, please view our Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund leaflet and process flow diagram.

Eligibility criteria

The retrofit solution applied for must be CVRAS-approved. Please review available CVRAS-approved solutions for different makes and models of vehicle, and download our eligibility criteria and terms and conditions document.

If there is currently no available retrofit solution for your vehicle but you are still interested in the fund, please email LEZFund@est.org.uk with the subject line ‘Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund – retrofit solutions’ and tell us the make and model of your vehicle.

Energy Saving Trust cannot guarantee if or when a suitable solution will be made available for your vehicle.

To apply, you will need to meet our eligibility criteria and have contacted one of the CVRAS-approved suppliers to secure a quote for the work. You will need to submit this quote along with an application form to Energy Saving Trust, who will assess your application and issue a grant offer letter.

Please do not commission or pay for any work prior to receiving this formal grant offer, as this will render your application ineligible.

How to apply

To apply please review the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions document and complete the Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund online application form.

Completed applications are assessed on a first come, first served basis, subject to funds remaining.

You MUST NOT retrofit your vehicle until you have received a grant offer letter from Energy Saving Trust confirming your eligibility, otherwise you will not be eligible for funding.

If you need to speak to us urgently about your application, please call us on 0808 196 6868.

Terms and conditions

Energy Saving Trust is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This fund is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund, you may be interested in the Low Emission Zone Support Fund for businesses.

Energy Saving Trust also offers free, impartial sustainable transport advice for organisations across Scotland. If you would like to receive bespoke transport advice, please fill in our business transport online form.

Last updated: 10 May 2022