Climate change and energy advice for farms and rural businesses

Businesses in the Cotswolds AONB can now access a specialist advice service to help them reduce their carbon footprint and costs. The Cotswolds Conservation Board, with support from the National Grid, is helping to promote and deliver a wide range of resource management and renewable energy activities.

How does the service work?

Our Climate Change Advisor will visit your business and work with you to:

  • Improve awareness and understanding of resource management and renewable energy business opportunities
  • Assess your energy/ resource use, and undertake a carbon audit action plan
  • Provide intensive 1-1 support to reduce your business risks, costs, carbon emissions and environmental impact
  • Up to date advice on the latest funding initiatives and investment opportunities
  • Business action planning, project management, grant funding and bid writing

Click here to view a presentation on climate change and farming.

What benefits will this service bring to my company?

The carbon audit and action plan is specifically tailored to your business. If implemented effectively it could help you:

  • Reduce your energy use through low cost measures which will save you money
  • Improve your energy efficiency by investing in improvements with a defined payback
  • Improve your business practices to become more resource efficient - reducing energy, waste, water, and carbon emissions
  • Invest in renewable energy generation and bio-fuel projects to cut carbon emissions
  • Become more climate resilient and help meet your customer and supply chain requirements

Case studies

Click here to view a case study on Daylesford Organic Farm which has recently completed a programme of micro-renewable energy investment.

Click here to view a case study on how Great Larkhill Farm at Long Newton is leading the way in renewable energy.

Click here to view a small scale biomass case study at Old Farm, Dorn, Moreton-in-Marsh.

Click here to view a case study on wood-fuel at Dowdeswell Forestry.


James Lloyd is an experienced business advisor and has assisted over 100 economic development projects funded through the rural renaissance and Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grant programmes.  He is qualified in housing and development having studied at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and also holds a (PRINCE 2) qualification.

This role, funded by National Grid, is helping businesses and community organisations in the Cotswolds to effectively plan and adapt to climate change by undertaking a range of practical actions and demonstration activities that reduce their costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact James on: 01451 862033or e-mail: to arrange a free business consultation

For details of potential grant aid funding which can have climate change energy efficiency ‘mitigation’ and land management ‘adaptation’ benefits, go to: or


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