Sustainability for businesses

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.

Net Zero

Target Zero - Milton Keynes City Council is recognising local businesses who are committed to the goal of reaching Net Zero by 2030. If your business has a Net Zero target for 2030 and would like to receive our MK Net Zero 2030 Business Accreditation, please take a look at our Target Zero webpage.

The Crown Commercial Service run weekly training sessions to support businesses and organisations to develop carbon reduction plans. You can read more about the training and sign up here: New live supplier carbon reduction plan training - CCS (

Interested in encouraging more sustainable ways of travelling to work? Check out our Get Around - help for businesses page. 

Check out the UK Business Climate Hub for advice on your Net Zero journey.

The Energy Saving Trust can also provide insight, advice, training and consultancy services to businesses on home energy efficiency, low carbon transport, and renewable energy generation.


Green business funding


Carbon Offset Fund

The Carbon Offset Fund (COF) can provide up to 50% match funding to support works for not for profit and community run companies that provide long term carbon emissions reductions in Milton Keynes (MK).

Please check our COF webpage for more information on how to apply.

Workplace Charging Scheme

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

Ready for Net Zero - Cranfield University

24 fully funded scholarships are available to green businesses to cover the full course fees for Cranfield’s highly regarded Ready for Net Zero Growth programme and a follow on carbon audit 12 months after completion of the programme to assess their progress against their plan.

Check if you are eligible on Cranfield University's webpage.

Sustainability Team contact information