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Climate Springboard

A partnership between ECCI, the University of Edinburgh and Royal Bank of Scotland designed to support SMEs to take action to succeed in a net zero economy.

The programme supports SMEs to become leaders in the zero carbon transition, enabling businesses to respond to the climate emergency and realise the opportunities provided by the net zero transition.

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Why take part in Climate Springboard?

In partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute is offering a unique programme, free of charge, to Royal Bank customers.

The programme comprises participative learning workshops where like-minded businesses can learn and share experiences and solutions. It is designed to give SMEs the knowledge, tools and confidence to take meaningful action. Businesses will learn from experts in the net zero economy, share experiences and learn from each other.

Get the lowdown

Hear from some of the businesses who have taken part in the programme in our short explainer video below and follow the links further down to find out how the programme is relevant to your business, what you'll get out of it and how other businesses have benefitted.

Just under 50 businesses have benefited from this training. They include charities, hotels, laundrettes, schools, lawyers and manufacturers. With turnovers ranging from £2m to nearly £25m, and everything between 5 to 250 employees. Each has found the course helpful and has subsequently taken action.

This course is designed for businesses who want to learn more about their emissions and to start reducing them – you don’t need to be a climate expert to join! Resources on climate change basics and the Net Zero transition will also be provided for those who need them.

Net zero

This programme will ensure small businesses make their vital contribution to Scotland’s national target for net zero emissions by 2045, and are ready to succeed in the future net zero economy.

Funding from Royal Bank is being delivered through its 300 Fund - a multi-million pound initiative created to support projects in Scotland making a positive difference in areas such as climate change, financial capability and enterprise.

It will see £1m a year invested in activities across Scotland until 2027, the year the bank celebrates its 300th anniversary.

Climate Springboard Factsheet