East Devon Carbon Action Programme

Free green support for businesses and community organisations in East Devon

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The East Devon Carbon Action programme (EDCAP) has been designed to provide free support for businesses and community organisations of all sizes across East Devon to measure and reduce their carbon impact, bring in more environmentally-friendly practices and move towards becoming net zero.

Our Carbon Coordinators are experts in identifying where the net zero opportunities lie in your organisation so you can start making a difference - to the environment, to your local community, and to your team. 

We're working in partnership with digital agency and social enterprise, Cosmic, and environmental consultants, Carbon Sense. Whether you are a business or a community organisation, you can access practical advice and guidance delivered through:

  • Tailored one-to-one sustainability and digital support sessions with our experienced Carbon Coordinators to develop individual carbon action plans.
  • Our self-learning platform with video resources, how-to guides, and quizzes to help you on your net zero journey.
  • Specialist support to measure emissions through a bespoke carbon survey and develop a full Carbon Action Plan.
  • Carbon Calculation Workshops offering practical sessions working with free carbon measurement tools and software to monitor and share carbon reduction progress.

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    Businesses and community organisations

    Flexible support tailored to your organisation

    How does it work if we own our premises?
    We can provide specialist support that includes an on-site diagnostic with one of our Carbon Coordinators. This will provide valuable insights into the sources of your emissions and potential areas for reduction and improvement.

    What if we don't own our premises?
    The majority of businesses and community organisations rent or lease their premises. You can still make an impact with one-to-one guidance on where changes can be made, carbon calculation workshops, a tailored and practical carbon action plan, and access to our self-learning platform.

    Can my community organisation apply?
    Community organisations covered by the East Devon Carbon Action Programme include charities, community interest companies (CICs), social enterprises (that do not engage in economic activity), voluntary organisations, religious institutions, local authorities, education providers and other public sector bodies with legal status.

    Is there a limit on business size?
    We're encouraging businesses of all shapes and sizes to measure and reduce their carbon impact. From sole traders to businesses with hundreds of employees, everyone needs to start working on a future-facing business model that grows alongside their environmental and social considerations - and we can help guide you on what that looks like. 

    We know business owners are time-poor and volunteers all too often lack resources, which is why getting the carbon audit and creating your action plan has been designed to be a streamlined process. We'll help you every step of the way to make it easy, so you can concentrate on managing the day-to-day.

    Access the Carbon Action Fund

    By going through EDCAP or our other green business support programme, Prosper, you will be able to apply for the Carbon Action Fund.

    Businesses and community organisations will be able to apply to the Carbon Action Fund for decarbonisation equipment recommended as part of a carbon action plan. Get a head start and contact us about getting your carbon action plan in place, so you can be ready for when funding applications open from Autumn 2024.

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    Look out for our events this Summer

    13th June - Launch event
    Hosted at Exeter Science Park, you'll have the chance to hear inspirational speaker Peter LeFort, and talk to exhibitors showcasing carbon reduction equipment, technology and solutions. You'll also have access to workshops and information about the up-coming Carbon Action Fund. Plus, lots of great networking opportunities.

    Summer roadshows across East Devon
    Held at local venues throughout East Devon, our inspiring roadshows will feature motivational speakers, networking opportunities, showcase companies and topical workshops.

    There is no cost to you - the programme is fully funded by East Devon District Council. So, if you're keen to reduce your carbon emissions and develop your organisation in a way that is fit for the future, we're here to help.

    Find out more by having an initial chat with us. Simply use the form, and we'll get in touch. 
    East Devon Carbon Action Programme launch event on 13 June 2024


    This support is available completely free to anyone located within the East Devon District Council boundary. If you're unsure, you can check by inputting your postcode into the Council Checker.

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    The East Devon Carbon Action Programme is funded by East Devon District Council. It is being delivered by Business Information Point, Cosmic and Carbon Sense.

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