Sustainable business

Businesses have a major role to play in helping protect and enhance the environment.

Carbon Trust studies have shown that businesses that use energy and resources more efficiently are generally more profitable.  Not only that but firms with a low carbon footprint are more popular with consumers and employees alike. 

There is a wealth of information and support for businesses and other organisations on the web:

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust provides a range of free information and guidance for businesses in the UK. If your combined energy bill is over £50,000 you could qualify for a free energy audit.

Energy Saving Trust

Visit the Business pages of the Energy Saving Trust website for information about saving energy in your organisation.

Environmental Information Exchange

The Oxford Brookes Environmental Information Exchange supports the environmental efforts of South East businesses and organisations.

UK Climate Impacts Programme

The UK Climate Impacts Programme, based at Oxford University, gives advice to Trade Associations and Professional Bodies, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Voluntary Organisations on preparing for climate changes such as increased flooding and heat waves.

Oxfordshire County Council

Visit the Commercial Waste pages of the Oxfordshire County Council website for more information on reducing, reusing and recycling and to download a free Commercial Waste Reduction Pack.

Commercial recycling and waste service

Oxford Direct Services offers a collections service for glass, paper, plastics, tins and cardboard from local businesses and traders for recycling. Visit their Commercial Recycling and Waste page for information on prices and contact details.


Visit the Environment pages of the GOV.UK website for information about sustainable consumption and production, environmental reporting and management systems, new technologies and resource productivity.

Low Carbon Oxford

Visit the Low Carbon Oxford website to find out how organisations from the public and private sector as well as community groups are working together to reduce the overall carbon footprint of Oxford.