How do we finance the changes to net zero?

John Christensen, who chairs the Tax Justice Network,  gave a great talk on equitable options to finance the necessary changes to hit carbon net zero. You can read it on

there is a two part newsletter giving more details about these ideas , including methods of sustainable cost reporting (SCORE) of greenhouse gas  emissions.

Grants of up to £5,000 now available to SMEs for energy efficiency projects

Low Carbon Workspaces is a grant scheme in Berkshire helping small and medium sized enterprises to make energy efficiency improvements  or reduce their carbon emissions. Maximum grants of up to £5,000 are available to cover up to a third of the cost of energy efficiency projects.

The programme is operated by a specialist agency which will help appraise the project quoted cost and offer a green diagnostic to help identify other energy efficiency upgrades that could be made and how the scheme may be able to offer partial funding, subject to a successful application. Applications go to a Grant Panel who usually provide their decision within 3 or 4 days, although the operators stress that grants cannot be paid out retrospectively so it’s essential to follow the application process before undertaking any work or appointing suppliers.

You can find full details at:


Reading Business CAN

Over 50 organisations gathered on 2nd October 2019 to contribute to the development of the Reading Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2020-25 and to launch the Reading Business Climate Action Network which will provide information, support and resources to help businesses respond appropriately to the challenges posted by climate change.

If you work for a business in or around Reading and would like to become part of the Reading Business Climate Action Network please join our Linked In Group.

You can find a copy of the slides from the event below.