Net Zero

Give your business a greener future

As communities across the world continue to grapple with the environmental challenges brought about by climate change, more and more small businesses in Oxfordshire are looking to join the global drive towards net zero emissions.

But what does this mean, and why is it so important? Put simply, achieving net zero means that a business has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions to the point where they are balanced by the amount removed from the atmosphere. This is an important goal not just for the environment, but also for businesses’ bottom lines and long-term viability.

To achieve net zero, however, can seem like a daunting task for SMEs. That’s why, working with partners, we have developed a toolkit of support and resources to help you on your net zero journey. Whatever size of business you are, sector you are in, and stage of your journey you are at.

Net zero and your business

Some of the ways that thinking about net zero can help your business

Net zero jargon

A simple guide to some of the common terms you might hear used

Calculate your baseline

Understand where you can make a meaningful impact in saving energy and carbon, including quick win actions, and how to measure your progress

Net zero toolkit

The Business Climate Hub is the UK partner in the SME Climate Hub, the global initiative which empowers SMEs to act on climate change. It provides tools and practical advice to support businesses at any stage of their climate action journey

Funding & Grants

A guide to funding available, locally, and nationally

Net zero resources

A list of support and useful resources available locally in Oxfordshire and beyond

Climate change adaptation

How your business can be more resilient to changes in the weather


Net Zero Heros

Inspiring stories of some of the brilliant Oxfordshire businesses already acting on net zero

Taking positive action for the planet.

There are many ways for businesses to achieve Net Zero, and the most effective approach will vary depending on the sector and size of the organisation. However, common actions that businesses can take to reduce their emissions include improving energy efficiency, switching to low-carbon energy sources and where possible, investing in clean technologies.

Here are some common questions businesses might be asking themselves about Net Zero:

What do we mean by Net Zero?

Net Zero is a UK government policy which sets the target for all businesses to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. The policy was first announced in October 2018, and provides a framework for organisations to reduce their emissions.

Further reading can be found on IEA’s website here.

What are the business benefits of Net Zero?

A future with where buildings, communities and cities have zero emissions is ultimately a brighter future for the environment and for businesses.

Net Zero buildings, services and products are more energy efficient thanks to using renewable energy sources, which saves money on utility costs and helps reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

There are also the emotional and societal benefits that come with this transition, where businesses can become icons of sustainability and climate change mitigation in their local community, region and beyond.

What are the challenges of achieving Net Zero?

One of the challenges businesses face in achieving Net Zero is reducing energy consumption. In order to achieve Net Zero, it’s important to reduce energy demand through efficient design and use.

Businesses can also invest in green infrastructure such as solar panels and wind turbines. Another challenge businesses face is obtaining renewable energy sources, which can be expensive. However, there are a number of subsidies and incentives available to help businesses make the switch to renewables.

Take a look at Ofgem’s website for a comprehensive guide.

Need further support?

If you have any questions on net zero for your business or for fully funded information and advice, contact oxfordshirenetzero@oxfordshirelep.com or call 0345 241 1196.