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Network Update – March 2016

Welcome to March’s money focussed Network Update. This month: Innovation, exporting and investment events; CRC to be scrapped; Water charges; Les routes pv solaires; Balcombe crowd-funding; Trading standards guidance; RHI consultation… and more!

The environmental merry go-round! Latest changes…

Biomass BoilerYesterday we learnt that the Carbon Reduction Commitment (a tax on larger organisations) is to be scrapped following the 2018-19 compliance year. Instead there will be an increase to Climate Change Levy rates (paid on most non-domestic energy supplies) in 2019 – greater than the annual increases seen each April.


Feed-in-Tariffs
change from April, this time just in-line with inflation. The new deployment cap kicked in during February however, limiting stand-alone solar, anaerobic digestion and wind payments.

The government is proposing changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive; reducing small biomass tariffs and removing solar thermal tariffs. Respond to their consultation.

And lastly, from next month producers or holders of hazardous waste no longer have to register their site.

Upcoming Green Growth Platform events…

Exporting Green – Brighton, 22nd March

Explore the risks and rewards of trading internationally. For both organisations new to exporting and those already selling overseas, but considering expanding into new markets or looking to improve their exporting processes. Case study and UKTI expert speakers. 09:30 to 11:30, free. Details.

Raising Green Investment – Crawley, 23rd March

With a focus on loan and equity crowd-funding, investment schemes and tax incentives, an essential seminar for businesses looking to raise finance to develop environmental or low-carbon products or fund a large project. 09:00 to 12:00, free. Details.

SaundersEnergyLow Carbon Innovation Showcase – Shoreham, 20th April

A free seminar exploring the process of innovation and bringing a new product or service to market. Hear from local business case studies Saunders Energy and Building Sustainability, plus an expert speaker on R&D Tax Credits. 09:00 to 12:00. More details.

The Sustainable Business Network runs the Green Growth Platform events programme on behalf of the University of Brighton.

2016-17 water charges announced

Southern Water customers should see little change to their bill after 1st April. Per cubic meter, water supply charges are rising 1.5 p to £1.251 and wastewater charges dropping 2.8 p to £2.248. Annual standing charges, which vary according to usage, remain near £90 for volumes up to 999 m3 supplied to premises with a 15 or 20 mm water meter.

South East Water customers in Sussex and Kent, who use less than 2,500 m3 will see water supply charges increase by 6.87 p to £1.5959 /m3. From 1st April, billing and customer services for Portsmouth Water’s non-household customers is to be provided by Castle Water. From 1st July, water supply charges increase by 1.6 p to £0.71 /m3.

All could change in 2017 with the introduction of competition into the non-domestic water market!

Free Environmental Healthchecks

Funded through the Green Growth Platform, the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC is pleased to be able to offer Sussex based small and medium sized businesses a free Environmental Healthcheck of their premises.

Green Growth PlatformThe visit will provide an assessment of energy and water efficiency and waste generation on site and suggest measures for resource and cost savings. It can cover all environmental issues or focus on those most significant to your organisation. Find out more.

In short…

Balcombe bounces back! Investment opportunity
Villagers looking to raise £110,000 to install solar PV on two schools. Can you help?

First Year Allowances for low carbon cars extended to 2021 – Gov.uk
Announced in budget. Full purchase cost can be deducted from profits before tax.

France to pave 1,000 km of road with solar panels – Article
1 km can light 5,000 homes. Cost to be covered by increased tax on petrol.

ISO 14004:2016 published – ISO website
Provides guidance on implementing an Environmental Management System, consistent with ISO 14001.

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2016 – Details & applications
€500,000 top prize to turn your sustainable business plan into reality.

Free, impartial trading standards guidance – BusinessCompanion
Covering laws on single use carrier bags, energy performance certificates, packaging essential requirements and err… keeping a pet pig!

Big Lemon CIC bond issue raises £250,000 for two electric buses – Website
The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC was pleased to make a small investment.

Supporting Local Growth 2019

Our Utilise Plus Energy Efficiency Programme was chosen to feature alongside many other great low-carbon projects in the ‘Clean Growth’ section of the ‘Supporting Local Growth 2019’ report produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). The document is a great summary of exciting projects that have been delivered with ERDF funding. […]
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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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