Net Zero for SMEs:
a series of expert led events

Part of the Cambridge City Council

Are you an SME wanting to get started on your net zero ambitions but unsure where to begin?

Do you want to decarbonise your operations but need guidance on where to best direct your time and resources?

Would you like guidance on what net zero exactly means?


With the UK Government’s target to reach net zero by 2050, there is an increasing drive for SMEs to action a net zero plan and to start decarbonising their operations. So how do you get started and navigate this new landscape, and where best should you direct your potentially limited time and/or resources?

These two hour long expert-led sessions cover the fundamentals of a carbon reduction framework, exploring the  actions that SMEs can take to get started planning a pathway to net zero, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and management.  

We recommend watching both, session two builds on the knowledge gained from session one, however each session is designed to stand alone. 


An Introduction to Net Zero and Understanding Your Carbon Emissions

This video covers the fundamentals of decarbonisation, helping you to understand the key concepts and where to begin. It will cover what net zero actually means, the benefits to SMEs of decarbonising, detail how to understand and measure carbon emissions and how to communicate your net zero targets and ambitions.

This session is run by Anne Miller, an expert in innovation focusing on accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy. She is Director of The Creativity Partnership, on a board level panel at the Carbon Trust, and Chair of Carbon Neutral Cambridge.


Setting your Pathway to Net Zero with Low Carbon Technologies

This session lays out how SMEs can chart an initial pathway to net zero, exploring how to prioritise actions that work with your businesses needs and capacity and the importance of measuring and reviewing data, covering

  • Building fabric and how it affects energy efficient actions and decisions
  • Energy management and efficiency, looking at how to work with what you have, including hints and tips to ensure systems are operated efficiently 
  • An overview of different low carbon systems, how they work and their limitations, and how they might work with your building efficiency. Technologies looked at will include lighting, heating systems, and renewables such as solar PV and battery storage.  

This session is hosted by David Knight, a Senior Environmental Consultant at PECT, who leads on their energy consultancy services and has developed a range of carbon management tools. 

This series of events is a project of the Cambridge Climate Change Charter, working to build a community of climate leaders in Cambridge by giving individuals, households, businesses and organisations the opportunity to understand their carbon emissions and how to reduce them, providing a platform to make a pledge to take positive action.