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With a target of 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and a challenging interim target of 42% reduction by 2020, Scotland’s Climate Change Bill is widely recognised as world leading in its ambition.

This represents both a real opportunity and a major challenge for businesses. Green Business Fife is here to provide support and help.

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The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2020

This year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards will be a fully virtual event format. Scottish Renewables stated "We have got lots of really exciting ideas already and many more in development to make sure that SGEA is still the best night of the year for the renewables industry in Scotland. Given the number of nominations we have had for awards, there is plenty to be celebrating and we still intend that this will be a phenomenal showcase of the very best that our industry brings to the health, wealth and wellbeing of Scotland."

£197k National Lottery boost to help tackle climate change in Fife

Greener Kirkcaldy has received £197,289 of National Lottery funding announced yesterdat [17 August], to lead a local partnership taking action on climate change in Fife.

The ‘Climate Action Fife’ project will bring together cross-sector partners, including Fife Council, Fife College and Fife Communities Climate Action Network, to work with Greener Kircaldy. The project will build capacity in local communities to take action on climate change, engage people from all backgrounds and sectors, pilot a range of activities to tackle carbon emissions, as well as develop ambitious longer-term plans.

BEIS request for H2 Production Market Intelligence

The UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has requested input for an important piece of market intelligence work that BEIS is undertaking. This will improve their understanding of the potential hydrogen production project pipeline in the UK across the 2020s. If you are able to assist BEIS they would be grateful if you could submit relevant information by Wednesday 1st July.

H100 Fife is SGN’s pioneering plan for a world-first green hydrogen heating network.

Central heating is responsible for up to a third of the UK’s greenhouse gas output: a challenge that must be solved if we are to meet the legally-binding net zero targets set by the UK Government and Scottish Government. Switching carbon-emitting natural gas for hydrogen, which doesn't produce carbon when it burns, is one of the ways that we can keep homes and businesses warm and safe while making ground in the fight against the climate emergency.

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

The Scottish Government's Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund is designed to support newly self-employed individuals who have not been able to access support through other schemes.

The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund offers non-repayable hardship relief grant payments of £2,000.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible you must meet all of the criteria below

  • Became self-employed on/after 6th April 2019 (did not submit a tax return including income from self-employment for 2018-19)​
  • Over 50% of individual income is from self-employment
  • Trading profits below £50,000 in financial year 2019-20​
  • Can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and intend to continue trading in the tax year 2020-21​
  • Have lost business due to coronavirus and experience personal financial hardship as a result​
  • Ineligible for other COVID-19 related business support (including the Business Interruption Loan Schemes, Corporate Finance Fund, Job Retention Schemes, Future Fund, R&D Focussed SMEs Fund, HMRC Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, Non-Domestic Rates relief, Small Business Grant or other business support)​
  • Do not receive working age benefit payments (Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support) or have applied for but not yet started receiving Universal Credit
  • If you are in receipt of Universal Credit or have received an advance from Universal Credit you are not eligible. If you have applied for Universal Credit but are not yet in receipt you will be eligible if you meet all other criteria
  • Trade as self-employed, not as a limited company or partnership ​
  • Have taken steps to limit costs and expenditure (including through schemes such as VAT deferral and seeking a mortgage payment holiday) ​
  • Do not have access to sufficient savings or other sources of income to meet basic needs ​

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The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2020 £197k National Lottery boost to help tackle climate change in Fife BEIS request for H2 Production Market Intelligence H100 Fife is SGN’s pioneering plan for a world-first green hydrogen heating network. Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

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