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START2ACT programme for startups and young SMEs

Free energy efficiency consulting and mentoring for startups and young SMEs

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START2ACT is an energy efficiency support programme to help young SMEs and startups to identify and implement low cost energy saving measures, to save money on your energy bills and reduce your environmental impact. START2ACT has been designed to improve how small businesses manage energy now and in the future, so that you can lay the groundwork for long-term sustainable growth.

Online resources

Want to start by learning more about energy efficiency online? START2ACT offers the following freely-available interactive online resources:

Work packages:
Support your business to identify and implement low cost and no cost measures to reduce energy consumption.


Knowledge Base: 
View a repository of low and no cost energy efficiency opportunities and download tools and templates to help you save energy at work and at home.  Visit the START2ACT Knowledge Base


eLearning Course:
For those new to energy efficiency, you can learn about a wide variety of energy efficiency topics in the START2ACT eLearning Course. Join, pause and restart anytime you want and receive an eLearning certificate. Launch START2ACT eLearning Course


If you have a question about energy or resource reduction, post it on the START2ACT forum and receive a response from an energy expert. View the Forum

Any questions?

If you have any questions about START2ACT or the services offered through this programme, please email or submit an enquiry using the online sign up form. Alternatively, please call 020 3944 0472 to speak to a Carbon Trust Advisor.



Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the START2ACT programme aims to support young SMEs and startups to save energy and cut costs at their workplace. To achieve this, we are offering free-of-charge mentoring and training activities in nine European countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the UK. The Carbon Trust is the implementation partner for the UK.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 696069.

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