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Decarbonise your business

Decarbonise your business

Top tips on how you can help your business to reduce its carbon emissions and help the North West achieve net zero carbon.

Working with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research we have produced detailed guidelines on the immediate steps that different types of businesses can take to help tackle climate change by reducing their carbon emissions from:

  • Direct energy use associated with buildings
  • Indirect energy use in buildings
  • Emissions associated with commuting, business and customer travel.

The report recommends best practice interventions for specific business areas which are summarised below.

Warehouses and factories

Top energy uses in this sector include transport, lighting, space heating and manufacturing processes/refrigeration. Starting with the easiest solutions to implement, the following measures are recommended:

  1. Replace lighting with LEDs and fit motion sensors
  2. Replace space heaters with infrared heaters
  3. Fit solar panels and charge equipment during the day
  4. Electrify onsite transport and fit electric vehicle (EV) charge points.

Maximum potential carbon reduction: 24-34%.

Air-conditioned offices

Office energy bills are largely made up of heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC), lighting and office equipment. If you’re looking to cut your office energy bills, you could consider the following solutions:

  1. Fit solar panels (landlord)
  2. Replace lighting with LEDs and maximise natural light (landlord and business owner) 
  3. Prioritise energy efficiency when replacing monitors, appliances and IT equipment (business owner)
  4. Install electric vehicle charging points (landlord)
  5. Adopt and embed energy reduction targets and behaviours.

Maximum potential carbon reduction: 30%.

Non-food retail

In this sector, HVAC and lighting are the biggest contributors to energy bills. The following steps are recommended to tackle these areas:

  1. Replace lighting with LEDs 
  2. Lower the indoor temperature 
  3. Incentivise colleagues to use public transport/cycling
  4. Install solar panels (landlord).

Maximum potential carbon reduction: 27%.

Food retail

In the food industry, the biggest use of energy are refrigeration, HVAC and lighting. Food retailers looking to reduce their carbon footprint and their energy bills should consider the following measures:

  1. Upgrade to the most efficient refrigeration system
  2. Replace lighting with LEDs and fit motion sensors
  3. Install solar panels (roof and canopy parking)
  4. Install EV charge points
  5. Carbon literacy training for employees.

Maximum potential carbon reduction: 25%.


The most significant uses of energy in the hotel industry are heating, hot water and catering. The following measures are recommended for hotels looking to cut their energy bills:

  1. Replace lighting with LEDs and fit motion sensors
  2. Carbon literacy training for colleagues
  3. Maximise insulation and minimise drafts
  4. Replace taps and shower heads with water-efficient versions
  5. Install solar panels, solar thermal and EV charge points.

Maximum potential carbon reduction: 36%.

For more detailed guidance on cutting emissions, download the guide for your business area below, or you can download the full report or executive summary.

To find out more about electric vehicles, heat pumps and renewable generation, please see our guide to low carbon technologies.

Measures to reduce CO₂ emissions for business