For the latest low carbon business events, news and funding opportunities for Summer 2021…


East Midlands Chamber – Sustainability Summit (In partnership with the University of Derby)

Thursday, 23 September 2021
9:30am – 12:00 noon

This year’s summit will be delivered as a partnership between the University of Derby and the East Midlands Chamber. The purpose of the sustainability summit is to build on the continued activity to support the transition to a low carbon economy and path towards Net Zero.

For more information and the opportunity to register, visit this link

UoD Ensite Process & Value Stream Mapping 

Tuesday, 1 June 2021 
10.00 – 11.30 Online 

This workshop takes a closer look at process and operating system design, introducing you to the tools and techniques that will help you create a more efficient, cost effective business. 

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UoD Enscite Sustainable Supply Chains 

Tuesday, 8 June 2021 
10.00 – 11.30 Online 

Businesses are under increasing pressure to create a supply chain that is considered sustainable for the environment, for society and for the economy. This workshop will highlight several key areas that organisations need to consider in the development of a sustainable supply chain strategy. 

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East Midlands Chamber – Sustainable Procurement 

EMC with UoN are delivering a series of procurement events aimed at helping SMEs to access supply chain of larger organisations – which feature environmental accreditations and sustainability. 

For more information and registration, visit this link

COP 26 Festival 

Edie is hosting an entire festival of sustainability events between May and October 2021. The 

COP26 Festival aims to inform and inspire businesses to seize the opportunities presented by the crucial UN climate talks which are being held in Glasgow this November.  

Sessions will address: sustainable investment, energy, transport, nature-based solutions and climate adaptation. 

For more information on this event, visit this link

ASCEND – Derby City Council Programme

Derby City Council have put a programme together which is designed to assist the most promising Derby businesses to prepare and implement their growth plans, and where it is appropriate, support them in securing investment. The project scheduled to launch in January 2021. For more information on this, visit:

ASCEND | Derby City Council


One third of the UK’s biggest businesses signed up to ‘Race to Zero’ ahead of COP26, which is designed to accelerate the adoption of net-zero targets ahead of COP26.

For the full article, visit this link

Renewed Industrial strategy to spur decarbonisation and create green jobs

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed the creation of a new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy that aims to create the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector while supporting the public sector to decarbonise in alignment with the net-zero target set for 2050. 

Aiming to also support the manufacturing and construction sectors, the new measures set out plans to support 80,000 UK jobs over the next 30 years whilst cutting emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years. Longer-term, the Government believes a 90% cut in emissions will be delivered by 2050 compared to 2018 levels. 

For the full article, visit this link

The changing landscape of UK renewable energy 

MCS has captured and been monitoring the uptake of small-scale renewable energy technology over the last 14 years. In their new landmark report ‘Renewing Britain: The changing landscape of home-grown energy 2008 – 2021‘  they have analysed this data to highlight: 

  • Disparity of areas adopting domestic green energy has created rural ‘forests’ and urban ‘deserts’ 
  • It would take over 250 years for small-scale renewables to reach every household at current rates 
  • The 10 local authorities with the lowest rates are all London boroughs 

Best-practice guide for businesses tackling single-use plastics 

Edie has published a new report that outlines the steps businesses can and should take to identify, reduce, replace and eliminate single-use plastics from their operations, supply chains and products and services as part of efforts to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The report outlines existing case studies from businesses alongside practical steps on how to turn the tide on single-use plastics. It provides an update on the impact that the pandemic has caused and whether it has limited corporate efforts to remove single-use plastics from facilities, operations, products and services and supply chains. 

For the full article, visit this link

Biodiversity & Business 

What is the relationship between biodiversity and business? What are the operational challenges and opportunities surrounding biodiversity? And what steps can be taken to reverse nature loss and restore natural habitats? Published by edie and the Woodland Trust, this free guide answers all of those key questions and more. 

For the full article, visit this link

Decarbonising Rail Campaign Launched 

The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the voice of the UK rail supply community, has announced its new RailDecarb21 campaign today, calling on the Government to redouble its efforts to decarbonise the rail network, ahead of COP26 later this year. 

RIA launches RailDecarb21 – calling on Government to decarbonise rail ahead of COP26 | RailBusinessDaily


Given the current economic state of the country, we are pleased to highlight some of the brilliant funding opportunities that are available to SMEs. With climate change being at the forefront of the government and business minds, there is a huge drive to get businesses working in a more sustainable way. For more information on the funding opportunities, visit:


The Low Carbon Business Network team have worked hard to get as much information on useful resources schemes that are available to SMEs or that relate to energy saving, climate change, electric vehicles or similar topics. The Resources page on the Low Carbon Business Network is fully updated and available here:

LCBN SURVEY 2021 – We want to hear from you!

In our Spring newsletter last year, we sent an invite to our LCBN members to participate in a 4-minute survey, and we are offering the same opportunity this year! If you could spare 4 minutes of your time, we would love to hear more on how the Low Carbon Business Network has benefitted your business over the last 12 months, and what more we can do to support you.

To complete our survey, please visit this link


If your business has future events, business support webinars, or you have been made aware of something interesting which relates to the environment, sustainability, low carbon schemes or funding opportunities, we would love to hear from you. Email us on and we are happy to promote these through our social media.


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