Reducing carbon emissions, supporting business growth and creating green jobs are key priorities for the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA). Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) make up 98.5% of firms in the North of Tyne region. They are essential to delivering a just transition to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to their role in generating employment, economic prosperity, innovation and social cohesion, especially in ‘left behind’ regions and because in aggregate they contribute a large proportion of the UK’s emissions.

Along with the need to reduce emissions, SMEs are also facing the challenges of significant increases in energy bills and a cost-of-living crisis. SMEs are currently adopting energy efficiency measures to achieve significant cost reductions, whilst also doing their bit to tackle climate change. However, advice and support is required to enable SMEs to make the changes required to reduce their emissions and energy costs.

NTCA wants to support SMEs in their net zero journey through a programme of business, financial, legal and commercial advice which will reduce carbon emissions and utility costs. This programme will aim to remove barriers, enabling businesses to play their part in tackling climate change and save money, to grow their businesses and ensure jobs are both safeguarded and created. It will learn lessons from previous business decarbonisation support programmes and build on the momentum already generated by these programmes.

NTCA has allocated £0.8m of funding to this call which forms part of our wider green growth strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and seize the opportunities that a transition to low carbon economy provides.  This call for proposals invites expression of interest (EOI) submissions from organisations that could deliver a Business Decarbonisation Support Programme primarily aimed at, but not exclusively for, SMEs.

Download the Call Definition document here.