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Carbon Trust Carbon Trust

The unsecured Carbon Trust loan that can pay for itself

Save up to 80% of commercial electricity bills with LED Commercial Lighting. Interest Free Carbon Trust Loans available now ( In Wales and Northern Ireland) . The rest of the UK loans are available from 6% Interest. Financial packages may vary according to your circumstances. Our loans have a straightforward application process and can be repaid over a period of up to four years, and as the scheme is designed for energy savings to cover repayments, the loan will effectively pay for itself.

“I’m not your normal green campaigner. First and foremost I’m a businessman… I’m for practical incentives that help businesses survive, though. And interest-free loans of between £3,000 and £400,000 to replace businesses old machines – it’s what I call a no-brainer – an open goal.”

Theo Paphitis

In today’s tough times, cutting costs is critical. Sounds like common sense, but the clever trick is reducing cost and improving your business.

So here’s the good news. The Big Business Refit lets you do exactly that. Thanks to the Carbon Trust, small and medium-sized businesses can cut costs, go green and be more profitable by making the switch to more energy-efficient equipment – and it won’t cost you a thing!

Watch your energy bills drop and your business efficiency rise thanks to your new kit. Pay the loan back from the savings you make, then pump the continuing savings back into the business. It’s not just good for your balance sheet – it improves staff working conditions and is great for your reputation. The Government has ear-marked £100 million for the scheme – it’s ‘first come, first served’. So, be quick.

England and Scotland –
All Small or Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) OR any business that do not qualify for participation in the Carbon Reduction Commitment

Wales and Northern Ireland
any sized enterprise

As a guideline, the Carbon Reduction Commitment typically includes businesses with an annual electricity spend greater than £500,000.

Why Save Carbon?

Reducing the amount of carbon you emit is one of the fastest, most effective ways to save your business money. And it will also help you combat climate change by reducing your carbon footprint.

You don’t need to make major alterations to see the difference. The right combination of small changes, many costing nothing, can reduce your energy bill by thousands of pounds. Emitting less carbon will also improve your reputation as a socially responsible business, and could help you attract customers, employees and investors.

Stay ahead of government regulation

With climate change so high on the political agenda, we are likely to see more initiatives like the Climate Change Levy and the Emissions Trading Scheme, as well as tighter building regulations.

Being prepared for these changes now will save you time and money when they are introduced. Plus, if you start saving energy straight away, you will immediately reduce the levy on your energy bill.

To be able to qualify for an interest free loan, your organization must fulfill these criteria:

  • Private sector
  • Trading for at least 12 months
  • Acceptable credit rating
  • Based in UK

The EU definition of an SME is an organization with:

  • Less than 250 full time equivalent employees
  • Less than €50m Turnover (approximately £43m) and/or less than €43m assets (approximately £37m)
  • No controlling interest of more than 25% by a non-SME

Key Facts

Under the Kyoto/Burden Sharing Agreement, the UK is required to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% by 2008-12 versus 1990 base year.

The Climate Change Act 2008 goes beyond this to set a legally binding target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990-2050.

It also established the independent Climate Change Committee to advise on setting 5-year Carbon Budgets.

An interim target has been set of a 34% reduction from 1990-2020 and will increase to 42% if a significant international agreement is secured.