Improving the energy efficiency of your properties

We have ambitious plans to make Coventry a net zero city by 2030.
Net zero means having a balance between the amount of greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere and those we take out.
We have already committed to reducing the environmental impact of our own buildings, operations and transport.
However, to achieve our net zero goal and help prevent the severe effects of climate change we all need to lower our greenhouse gas emissions.

The benefits of going green    

As one of the more than 12,000 businesses in Coventry, we ask you to join us in making our city an even better place to live and work. No matter how small your business, your actions can make a big difference to the future of our city.
As a green business, that doesn’t negatively impact the environment, you can:

  • help protect the planet for future generations
  • enjoy incredible opportunities for business growth in the new green economy
  • save you money on energy costs

Save costs and increase resilience

Businesses are facing increasingly higher utility bills due to volatility in the energy market.
The Climate Change Levy has also imposed an additional cost on SMEs that rely on non-renewable energy sources such as gas.

Attract new customers

Improve your business reputation and competitiveness. Consumers are becoming more selective and, more than ever before, are looking for products that are "green", supplied by businesses that can prove they are actively taking steps to reduce their environmental impact’. A recent survey of customer views found that 65 percent of people plan to be more mindful of their purchases and their environmental impact.

You can help protect yourself from rising energy prices by reducing how much energy you use.

This might include.

  • installing insulation
  • draught proofing
  • extra window glazing
  • switching to less carbon intensive heating
  • installing LED lighting
  • generating renewable electricity

Download Energy Self Audits. 

Other ways of cutting your carbon impact, which may be easier than you think, include:

  • removing all unnecessary packaging from your products
  • limiting business travel
  • sourcing goods and services locally 

For more information, including ideas for small changes your business can make straight away, visit our practical energy and Net Zero small business resource page.

Also, the greener your business, the more competitive you will be when tendering for contracts. Environment and social governance (ESG) questions are included in most tenders, and contractors will want to see evidence of how you intend to minimise your impact on the environment, as part of a successful tender submission. As well as opening your business up to new opportunities, having strong green credentials as part of your branding will help attract the best talent and can improve staff morale and productivity.