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Breakfast Briefings

Small business, big impact: Enabling non-domestic energy customers to decarbonise their demand

Energy UK has been working with other industry stakeholders around an energy efficiency week, commencing 29 January. The week will cover themes from behaviour tips on energy efficiency and how to get smart about it to how low-carbon tech and flexibility can help boost energy efficiency.

Thursday 1 February will cover non-domestic support, where this expert panel will consider what is needed to help SMEs as the backbone of the British economy, lead the way to Net Zero carbon emissions and gain resilience in the face of high energy bills.

Small businesses have been facing higher than average energy bills throughout 2022 and 2023. As financial support provided by the Government’s Energy Bill Relief Scheme is withdrawn, and against the backdrop of higher energy bills projected for the rest of this decade, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) need greater policy support from the UK Government to invest in energy-saving and money-saving energy efficiency measures and low-carbon technologies.

This breakfast briefing follows the publication of Energy UK’s report ‘Small Business, Big Impact’ which explores the barriers to SMEs decarbonising their demand, and sets out seven recommendations for UK Government to address these gaps in support across the four themes of finance, regulation, reporting and market enablers.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Charles Wood, Deputy Director, Policy, Energy UK (Chair)
  • Heather Buchanan, Chief Executive & Co-Founder, Bankers for Net Zero
  • Filippo Pollara, Senior Public Affairs Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses
  • James Rees, Lead on SME Energy Efficiency, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

If you would like any further information regarding energy efficiency week, please contact