Speakers at the last breakfast I attended were brilliant, thanks very much.
Harriet Bartley, Work This Way, Arundel

Network Update – December 2015

This month: Paris success? Hospitality, renewables and travel events; Rural grants; Environmental Healthchecks; Solar misery; Rent-free workshops. Have a great Christmas!

AA_12122015_184276Paris Success?

It was all smiles at the end of the Untied Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris a 195 countries agreed to tackle global warming; specifically to keep temperature rises below 2ºC (and aspire to make that only 1.5ºC).

Rich countries have promised $100 billion funding per year to help poorer countries decarbonise, although no liabilities for any actual impacts from climate change. Is it enough? The Conversation thinks we are still going to need a lot of public willpower.

Event: Sustainable Travel 26th January, Crawley

More locally, join us in Crawley to explore sustainable travel and how businesses can reduce emissions and costs and improve employee well-being. We’ll hear about (and be able to test drive!) the latest electric cars, vans and bicycles, a well as travel planning and eco-driver training. 09:00 to 11:00, free to attend. This is a Green Growth Platform Event. Details and bookings.

Sustainable Hospitality 19th January, South Lodge Hotel

Exclusively for businesses in the hospitality, tourism and events sectors such as hotels, conference venues and tourist attractions, this seminar will explore the benefits of improving resource efficiency and embedding sustainability into day-to-day operations. Includes a case study from South Lodge Hotel. 09:30 to 12:00, free. This is a Green Growth Platform Event. Details.

What’s on at night?

The graph shows the average number of kWh of electricity used per hour each month during the day rate period (dark blue) and night rate period (light blue) at a Sussex business.

Day & Night Rate UsageOver 20% of their electricity usage was between 24:00 and 07:00 when the office and warehouse were unoccupied. Storage heaters may explain a pattern like this, however this business used combined heat-pump / air conditioning units to provide heating and cooling. These were found left switched on overnight set to different temperatures, causing heating and cooling to continuously cut in and out. If you would like a spreadsheet to analyse your energy usage please contact us.

Free Environmental Healthchecks

Funded by the Green Growth Platform, the Sustainable Business Network is pleased to be able to offer small and medium sized businesses in Sussex a free Environmental Healthcheck. Following a visit to site the business will receive a concise report including an assessment of energy and water efficiency and waste management practices and suggestions for resource and cost saving measures. Full details and how to apply.

Grants for Rural Businesses

A new round of LEADER funding is now open for application. Grants of between £2,500 and £50,000 to cover typically 40% total project costs are available to rural businesses looking to expand, diversify and create jobs. Such as new equipment, building improvements or marketing activities can be funded. Central Sussex and Coastal Sussex & South Down programmes. Rural Wealden & Rother Programme.

And finally…

More misery for the solar industryVAT rulingMinimum pricing extension
EU rules that VAT must be charged at 20% rather than 5% on domestic solar panels, plus prolongs Chinese-made panel minimum pricing (by commencing a review).

Rent-free desk, studio and workspace available in BrightonFull details
Innovative start-ups that will be designing and making physical products can apply.

Third warmest November in Southern England since 1910 – Met Office stats
By plotting mean monthly temperatures against energy usage for heating you can more accurately monitor the success of efficiency improvements or identify areas for focus.

Brighton ‘Boris Bikes’ a step closer – Press release
Following a £1.16 million grant from the Coast 2 Capital LEP. There will be 430 bikes and 50 docking stations.

Lewes Climate Action Forum

We’ve joined up with 3VA in Eastbourne to help start a new forum for action on climate change in the Lewes District Area. Check out for more details

Utilise Plus Case Study: Park Cameras

Based in Burgess Hill, Park Cameras sells photography equipment, as well as offering printing services and photography courses. In early 2019, Park Cameras received a Utilise Plus grant from the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC to install energy-saving LED lights. This followed a fully-funded Utilise Plus energy audit they received in late 2018. Funded by the […]


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