Net Zero

St Helens Chamber is here to support your business to develop a clear action plan to reach Net Zero and help achieve the UK’s ambitious goal.

Net Zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. In 2019, the UK made a legally binding pledge: to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050.

It is clear that as a society we need to address our contribution to global warming and do all we can to protect the future of the planet and its inhabitants.

The next decade is critical for action on climate. There has to be widespread change and businesses have a crucial role to play if we’re going to avoid extreme climate change. Businesses of all sizes will face new responsibilities and risks, but also new opportunities to grow and benefit from greener and more efficient ways of working.

What does Net Zero mean for businesses?

It is important to have a clear understanding of what Net Zero means for your business.
To deliver on the UK’s legally binding net zero 2050 target, businesses will be required to take action and do their bit for the environment.

All businesses need to find ways to reduce their energy consumption, improve their energy efficiency across all sites, and take steps to offset any emissions.

The emissions attributed to your business can be categorised in three ways:
1. The emissions produced directly by your company or by interests controlled by your company.
2. The indirect emissions produced from the generation of electricity, heat and steam that your business uses.
3. The emissions that are produced indirectly from your company activities.

The climate emergency clock is ticking – so taking the first carbon reduction steps, however small, is essential. Those who leave their Net Zero planning until 2030 or beyond will face an uphill struggle and will also miss out on the potential cost and operational savings of green innovation and the reputational benefits that going green brings.

In order to achieve this Net Zero status, a company will need to analyse its output of greenhouse gasses – whether that will be from its fleet, deliveries, production, running of an office and anything regarding the use electricity (from non-sustainable sources ) and gas.

Any action that can counter these actions will help tackle the issue and lead to a more sustainable future for the business and wider society.

Net Zero is not just good for the environment, it can have an impact on business profitability as well. Operational cost savings, greater resilience and an improved reputation among customer base and supply chain are all benefits to be found from a Net Zero future.


This November the UK government is hosting a major conference in Glasgow where world leaders will get together to commit to urgent action to tackle the climate emergency. It’s called COP26, and all eyes will be on the UK to agree the most ambitious plans to fight climate change the world has ever seen.

What is COP26

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26.

In the run up to COP26 the UK is working with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change. More than 190 world leaders are expected to arrive in Scotland. Together with tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks. Not only is it a huge task but it is also not just yet another international summit. Most experts believe COP26 has a particular urgency.

Find out more about COP26

St Helens Chamber can help your business achieve Net Zero status

Businesses of all sizes across the St Helens Borough are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs.

St Helens Chamber can support you committing to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘Net Zero’ by 2050.

Chamber Utilities

In conjunction with leading energy consultancy, Energisave, we have developed Chamber Utilities.

St Helens Chamber Members can access exclusive prices for 100% renewably sourced contracts. Chamber Utilities can also look for additional ways to add value such as multi-site management solutions, efficiency measures, LED lighting and renewable projects where appropriate.

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Liverpool City Region Capital Grant Fund

The Liverpool City Region Capital Grant Fund is aimed at small and medium sized businesses in the Liverpool City Region, operating in B2B sectors.

The Grant Fund is available to businesses that are looking to develop projects that aim to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

The Liverpool City Regional Capital Grant Fund is part of a range of support that has been brought together by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and made available through Growth Platform the Liverpool City Region Growth Company.

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Business Growth Programme

Through our Business Growth Programme St Helens businesses can take advantage of 12 hours fully-funded support from our experienced Environmental Business Consultants.

Our experienced Environmental Business Consultants are here to support your business to cut carbon emissions.

Our advice is provided at no cost to your business, is impartial, confidential and tailored to help you achieve Net Zero status. Following a detailed review of your business, we will work with you to put together an action plan to help you take the first steps to cutting carbon emissions.

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Government resources

In 2019, the UK Government and the devolved administrations committed to the Net Zero target as recommended by the Climate Change Committee.

The UK has set a world–leading net zero target, the first major economy to do so, but simply setting the target is not enough – we need to achieve it.

Support, Funding and Incentives

Find funding to help your business become greener

Almost £5 billion of funding is available to help UK businesses become greener as part of the government’s commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Funding opportunities will be awarded to businesses investing in green technologies to increase energy efficiency or reduce carbon emissions.

Find out more here


Workplace Charging Scheme application form

Form for businesses, charities and public sector organisations to apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme.

The Workplace Charging Scheme is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints.

Find out more here

Help to Reduce Carbon

Industrial decarbonisation strategy

This strategy sets out how industry can decarbonise in line with net zero while remaining competitive and without pushing emissions abroad.

The Industrial decarbonisation strategy is the first strategy published by a major economy which sets out how industry can decarbonise in line with net zero, while remaining competitive and without pushing emissions abroad.

Find out more here


Cycle to work scheme implementation guidance for employers

Employer guidance and options on setting up a cycle to work scheme covering:

  • benefits
  • eligibility
  • equipment
  • taxation
  • salary sacrifice and national insurance contributions

Find out more here



Net Zero Innovation Portfolio

The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio provides funding for low-carbon technologies and systems. Decreasing the costs of decarbonisation, the Portfolio will help enable the UK to end its contribution to climate change.

Funding is being made available for projects right across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Competitions will be launching throughout 2021, with opportunities to apply offered through the individual competition pages listed below.

The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio succeeds the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme (EIP) which ran from 2015-2021.

Future offshore wind

To support the development and demonstration of state of the art technologies and products in the future offshore wind industry.

Apply for the Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) Demonstration Programme


Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence Phase 2

To support the development of technologies that enable the coexistence of future offshore windfarms alongside UK air defence surveillance systems. This competition will be delivered through the Defence and Security Accelerator.

Energy storage and flexibility

To support flexibility services and technologies, as well as non-conventional storage at varying technology readiness levels.

Longer Duration Energy Storage Demonstration competition: cross-cutting guidance

Alternative Energy Markets, Energy Price Signals Study: contract awarded



To bring down costs and reduce barriers within the full biomass to energy value chain. This includes improving the productivity of the UK’s biomass supply, the availability of conversion technologies, and the generation processes for energy vectors such as biomethane, green hydrogen, biofuels and electricity

Apply for the Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme



To catalyse innovation and address blockers to the uptake of hydrogen technologies across the whole hydrogen value and supply chain, from production, supply, storage to end use.

Direct air capture and greenhouse gas removal (GGR)

To support the research and development of direct air capture technologies in the UK.

Direct Air Capture and other Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies competition


Advanced carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS)

To bring down the cost of capturing and sequestering CO2 and helping UK industry to understand the opportunity for developing and deploying next generation carbon capture technologies from 2025.

Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Innovation 2.0 competition: guidance and how to apply


Industrial fuel switching

To support the development and demonstration of technologies that enable industry to switch from high to low carbon fuels.

Green Distilleries Competition

Register your interest for the Industrial Fuel Switching competition

Register your interest for the Red Diesel Replacement competition


Disruptive technologies

To support energy entrepreneurs to develop the best ideas for technologies, products and processes in energy efficiency, power generation and storage.

Apply for the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund: phase 8A


Industry of Future Programme (IFP)

Industry of Future Programme (IFP)


Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA)

This programme will provide funding for the development and demonstration of technologies that could reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency, and cut carbon emissions in industry.

Register your interest for Phase 3 of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

For more information on how St Helens Chamber can help your business achieve Net Zero status call 01744 742058 or email

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