Business Climate Challenge x Bankside

  • Date Wednesday, 10 February 2021

We’re excited to announce the launch of new energy project that we’re running with the Mayor of London from April 2021. We’re looking to recruit 20 Bankside businesses to join this pioneering initiative.

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Is your business keen to be more energy efficient and reduce emissions?

We have partnered with the Mayor of London on the Business Climate Challenge, offering 20 Bankside businesses the opportunity to reduce your office building’s energy consumption by 10%.

Emissions from heating and powering commercial and industrial buildings currently make up 36% of London’s carbon footprint. This pioneering initiative is a first for London and gives our neighbourhood the opportunity to become a catalyst for change.

With funding from the Mayor of London, the selected 20 businesses will receive customised expert advice and support over the next year to improve the environmental performance, health and value of your business’ building. In return you’ll be contributing to London’s target of becoming a zero carbon city by 2030.

The recruitment process will take place in March and the project will commence in April 2021.

If you’d like to be one of the participating businesses, download the Expression of Interest form below and return this to us by Friday 12 March.

Useful resources

Download our Business Climate Challenge guide

Download the project’s FAQ guide

Download the Expression of Interest form

If you couldn’t attend our business briefing with the project partners on 25 February, download the presentations from the Greater London Authority, Bloomberg Associates and Turner & Townsend here or view a recording of the briefing here.

What does the Business Climate Challenge involve?

Your business will need to commit to reducing your building energy consumption by 10%.

You will work with technical experts over the course of the programme to set targets for your building and get bespoke technical support, coaching and quarterly training.

You will be part of a network with other Bankside businesses working towards meaningful energy reduction targets.

Buildings will undergo an energy efficiency audit and receive a Display Energy Certificate (DEC). Audits of office buildings will review lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling, taking into account challenges offices face during the pandemic.

The results of the audit will be used to develop a route map towards net-zero emissions and inform the process for other buildings with similar characteristics.

Better Bankside will supply promotional materials and support so businesses can communicate their involvement in the Business Climate Challenge externally.

Who’s eligible to participate?

The Business Climate Challenge is targeted at medium sized (under 250 employees), office-based businesses.

Participants can be building owners, building management companies or building occupiers that have responsibility for, or a good relationship with building management.

Multiple organisations within a building can participate as a partnership. All participants should have the ability to make decisions to upgrade their building’s infrastructure.

The project is tailored to private sector businesses, however if you’re a public sector, charity or non-profit organisation we’d still love to hear from you and help make recommendations.

Businesses who do not meet all criteria but are still interested are invited to register their interest with Better Bankside

If you’d like to discuss the project with Better Bankside or are unsure if you meet the criteria, please contact Amandeep Kellay, and Josephine Clarke,