Business and climate change

The Council continues its journey to carbon neutral.

Carbon emissions

We want to encourage businesses in Darlington to reduce their energy emissions.  Check back here from time to time for any updates.

The Energy Savings Trust [external link] can offer advice to any business wanting to reduce emissions and become more sustainable. 

Non-executive directors can join Chapter Zero [external link].

This is a free network to engage and share experiences with other businesses.

Free materials are also available to download from the Chapter Zero website.

Preparing for severe weather

We also want to help businesses be more resilient, so we have produced a Business Resilience Manual.

It sets out questions to ask, lists tools and gives useful contacts.

Business Resilience Manual [pdf document].

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting regulations

Find out which businesses need to report carbon emissions.

Environmental reporting guidelines [external link].


If you are a small or medium sized enterprise (SME), check out the SME Climate Hub [external link].

You can find similar businesses, who are making a commitment to tackle climate change.

And check out the UK Business Climate Hub [external link].

If you are looking for help on saving energy, have a look at the SME Energy Efficiency Scheme [external link]

You can also check this guide on reducing your carbon footprint [external link].

Climate Action North has developed a Business Action Toolkit to assist small businesses to identify risks, build resilience and take action to reach net zero.

Other news

We also support the recently created Northeast of England Climate Coalition.

This is England's first regional climate coalition.

It is open to organisations from all sectors.

For more information, please see the NEECCo website [external link].

Specific information on climate change can be hard to find if you are a

  • voluntary
  • community
  • social enterprise organisation

Read our sustainability blog pages for information about what Going Green Together can offer.

Invest in Darlington has a has advice and guidance for business concerned with rising energy costs. Invest in Darlington - Cost of living business support [external link].

Visit the Going Green website [external link].

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