Free energy efficiency consulting programme

The Carbon Trust has launched the  START2ACT  programme offering free energy saving consultations for young SMEs and start ups* in the UK.

The programme can help your business:

  • to identify and implement low cost energy saving measures,
  • to save money on your energy bills, and
  • reduce your environmental impact.

START2ACT has been designed to improve how you manage energy now and in the future, so that you can lay the groundwork for long term sustainable growth.

A Carbon Trust expert will visit your business three times over the course of a year, to identify energy saving opportunities and to work with you to improve your energy management processes. The format of these visits will be flexible to allow you to ask questions and solve any problems that you face when implementing energy saving projects.

If you are interested in taking part but your business does not have a fixed site or premises, you can receive remote advice from a Carbon Trust expert over the phone. This could include advice on green marketing, greening products and services and minimising the footprint of your business as it grows, as well as answering any specific questions that you may have.

How can I sign up?

If you would like to benefit from this free support, please email  or register your interest here. Visit the Carbon Trust website to read more about START2ACT and other support programmes.


*Young SMEs and startups are defined as businesses that have been operating for under five years. Exceptions can be made in some cases, if you have any questions about your eligibility please contact



Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the START2ACT programme aims to support young SMEs and startups to save energy and cut costs at their workplace. To achieve this, we are offering free-of-charge mentoring and consulting activities in nine European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the UK. The Carbon Trust is the implementation partner for the UK.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 696069.  


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