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Carbon Surveys

A Carbon Survey can support small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to understand their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting Decarbonisation Report sets out potential improvements that could help reduce emissions and energy bills.

You can see an example Decarbonisation Report here - example report

Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants are funded from the European Regional Development Fund and West of England Recovery Fund.

Why should I get a Carbon Survey?

A Carbon Survey can help businesses to:

  • understand their current energy use and carbon emissions, and pinpoint carbon hotspots in business activities
  • identify practical ways to reduce emissions and energy bills, including actions that could require low or no investment to implement
  • discover and find out more about new and emerging technologies in their industry
  • set priorities and budgets for future improvements
  • access sources of funding, including Green Business Grants.

Businesses applying for a Carbon Survey will be asked to provide 12 months’ energy data such as bills or meter readings. During the survey, the Technical Advisor will assess building fabric, heating and lighting systems and business equipment.  Surveys can be carried out on-site or virtually depending on business preferences or local restrictions. 

Energy Data Guidance

Am I eligible?

A free Carbon Survey & Decarbonisation Report is available to small & medium sized enterprises with business premises in the West of England, namely Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire local authority areas.  Use this postcode checker to find your local council.

The survey is available to economic enterprises that sell goods or services for profit; with fewer than 250 employees AND a turnover of equal to or less than €50m OR a balance sheet of equal to or less than €43m. 


How do I apply?

To apply for a Carbon Survey please fill in the form below.

Application Form


Get set for Green Business Grants

A Carbon Survey is essential in applying for a Green Business Grant. These Grants are currently closed to new applications but will re-open later in the year. Green Business Grants help small & medium sized enterprises make energy saving improvements to their buildings and business operations. The grants of up to £15,000 pay for 50%-80% of eligible capital costs, depending on the business’ size, location and project. 


Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants help deliver the West of England Combined Authority’s West of England Climate Emergency Action Plan.  They also support delivery of the West of England Recovery Plan to achieve a green recovery from COVID-19.


Carbon Surveys and Green Business Grants are part of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund (LCCF).  This is managed by the Combined Authority and funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (£2.1m) and the West of England Recovery Fund (£1.9m). The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  This is confirmed funding and will be unaffected by the EU transition. 


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