Sustainable business

Find out how to reduce the carbon footprint of your business, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Businesses that reduce their impact on the environment often find they save money too. Resource efficiency is about looking at the resources a business consumes and finding ways to reduce them. That could be energy, water, packaging, the production of waste.

Case studies

To see these practices in action, you can read our case studies on:

Sustainability initiatives

There are a number of local and national initiatives that help businesses improve their environmental performance and the details of some of them are included here.

The University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform helps you get low carbon products and services to market faster and accelerate your business's journey to net zero.

It’s the lead delivery hub of Clean Growth UK, a national network that connects businesses with university expertise and facilities for low carbon growth and innovation.

Through the network, you can access:

  • Net Zero 360, the UK’s most comprehensive net zero business accelerator. It includes a free 3-part workshop series, a free carbon calculator, and access to funding and innovation support to help you reduce your footprint faster.
  • Innovation, commercialisation, and funding support to help you develop and commercialise low carbon products and services.

The Sustainable Business Network hosts regular networking events for businesses either looking to improve their resource efficiency or seeking new customers for their environmental product or services.

WRAP is a national programme helping businesses and individuals reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.

The Carbon Trust is a national organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

The Environment Agency is the government regulator responsible for protecting and improving the environment and promoting sustainable development. Maintain the public registers for waste carriers.

Grants are available through the Community Solar Accelerator for small or medium sized enterprise (SMEs) to install solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. 

This initiative, delivered by Brighton Energy Co-op, supports businesses in our regions to shift towards a low carbon economy and reduce their carbon emissions.

The Business and IP Centre is based in Jubilee Library and supports entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses. Find The Business and IP Centre's latest events on Eventbrite.

Brighton Chamber Net Zero Champions offer helpful advice, ideas and stories from the chamber and a group of local businesses.

Low Carbon Leaders is a network of low carbon businesses taking radical action.

Greater Brighton Net Zero combines lobbying power, expertise, and knowledge to become a carbon neutral region.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership has resources for businesses, including how to tackle food waste and how to reduce plastic use.

The Living Coast has resources to help businesses make the most of our heritage in a sustainable way and attract customers to the region.

Plus X Brighton’s Better World Collective can help you connect and collaborate to solve your sustainable material innovation challenges.

More information about sustainability in Brighton and Hove

We have more information about sustainability on the following pages: