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The Net Zero Essentials programme is designed for SME leaders interested in connecting with peers, academic expertise and industry partners to address the opportunities and challenges posed by the Net Zero Carbon agenda.

This programme includes two full-day workshops. You’ll participate in a range of practical and interactive challenges to develop the tools and techniques to explore low carbon innovation and solutions for your business on its journey towards net zero.

To gain the most from this programme you will be asked to fill in some basic carbon related data, which you will continue to use throughout. By using your own data, you will learn how to count carbon, understand areas where you can reduce carbon easily, and also identify areas to innovate to reduce carbon.

There is real incentive for SMEs to dedicate time to think about eco-innovation within their business. The potential benefits include more efficient processes, cost-saving ideas and a competitive advantage through innovation development. You will draw knowledge from the strong expertise within Lancaster University, and learn the tools and techniques to take a fresh view of business practices.

Key benefits:

  • Identify and understand ‘quick wins’ for your business,
  • Calculate Carbon Footprint
  • Identify areas to innovate in your business
  • Design an action plan to accelerate you net zero journey

Who is it for?

This programme is fully funded and available to businesses who are eligible under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) criteria, as follows:

  • Based in North West
  • Employ between 2 and 250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Annual turnover of less than €50 million (or the equivalent in GBP)
  • Received less than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the last 3 years

Find out more

The Net Zero Essentials programme is designed and delivered by Lancaster University as part of the Eco-I NW project in partnership with Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company. Find out more and register interest here