Making no-cost and low-cost changes could reduce your organisation’s energy costs by 20% with investments in energy efficiency capable of saving industry in the city c£13.8m a year. Investing in low-carbon not only has a clear business case but it also reduces your organisation’s carbon footprint, helps support the planet and boosts your organisations green credentials.

In this section you can find guidance on building a business case for your project, as well as information on the financing and funding options available.

Use the templates below to help build your business case.


Financial Appraisal Templates

Financial Appraisal Templates: If your project is straightforward or requires low investment, Payback Period is a simple method to judge how viable energy efficiency measures are. For high value projects, consider whether a business case is needed – the remaining appraisal templates can be used.


Low Carbon Business Case

The templates and guides below provide support in creating a low-carbon business case.

Business Case Template: this can be used to let management and senior decision makers within your organisation decide whether a low-carbon project is worthwhile, or you can use it to develop a business case to attract investment for you project.

Making the Business Case for a Carbon Reduction Project: this guide can be used to help make your business case


Project Finance Options and Guidance

Start2Act – Fund Your Project: Start2Act’s green finance for SMEs guide provides information on financing options including grants and loans, as well as renewable incentives such as RHI and FiTs to help support your business case.

Need more information about other forms of project financing? See the links below:

Explore Your Finance Options

The Business Finance Guide

Getting a Grant for Your Business  


Funding Opportunities and Low-Carbon Support Database: the Commission has complied a database of funding ideas and opportunities for financing low-carbon projects. Add your own funding ideas and help other organisations in Leeds take advantage of transitioning to the low-carbon economy.