ecoConnect has a network of partnerships and alliances which provide a variety of important services to green industry. Get discounts on services, find support and make essential connections.
The Aldersgate Group is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and civil society that drives action for a sustainable economy. Our mission is to trigger the change in policy required to address environmental challenges effectively and secure the maximum economic benefit in sustainable growth, jobs and competitiveness.
Cleantech Business News
Cleantech Business News (CTBN) provides news coverage across a wide range of green technologies and business sectors throughout the UK. CTBN’s quarterly publications provide a key source of information for businesses, investors and R&D departments. Their mission is to inform and connect sustainable businesses, facilitate innovation and promote sustainable business opportunities throughout the UK. ecoConnect members can subscribe to CTBN for FREE and also receive 30% discount on all advertorial/editorials within CTBN publications. To get this benefit and many more, become a member of ecoConnect.
Department of Energy & Climate Change
DECC is the Department of Energy & Climate Change. Their stated priorities are to:
Save energy with the Green Deal and support vulnerable consumers
Deliver secure energy on the way to a low carbon energy future
Drive ambitious action on climate change at home and abroad
Manage our energy legacy responsibly and cost-effectively
Green Grants Machine
Green Grants Machine is the UK’s leading environmental funding portal, providing businesses with information on the latest green funding opportunities and environmental announcements. Access to the website is free and can help to boost a business’s bottom line by supporting it in improving its environmental performance.
The LowCarbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is a public-private partnership to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels. Their activities are to promote sales and supply of low carbon vehicles and fuels, provide input and advice on Government policy and provide a forum for stakeholders to share knowledge and information
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) was established in 1847 and has over 100,000 members worldwide. It represents mechanical engineers involved in a diverse range of fields such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries. They are committed to sharing knowledge in the efficient use of technology and supporting best practice to promote sustainability.
iVeridis Greensource is a platform that connects cleantech and environmental goods and services to buyers. iVeridis profiles suppliers’ cleantech solutions globally and matches them to specific client requirements, using patented algorithms. Their supplier profiling solutions then expose client companies to new cutting-edge innovations that they may not otherwise find, serving as an innovation ‘clearing house’ for new technology. To get this benefit and many more, become a member of ecoConnect.
The London Accord is a collaboration between investment banks, research houses, academics and NGOs to produce free research on climate change for financial investors.
It is intended as a reference guide for investors (and other participants) in the climate change sector. It is the largest cooperative project in the world on investment opportunities in avoiding climate change.
Mayor of London Green Procurement Code
The Mayor of London’s Green Procurement Code is a support service for organisations committed to reducing their environmental impact through responsible purchasing. They provide practical advice and online resources to help embed green purchasing into all aspects of an organisation, including sourcing green products. The Green Procurement Code is unique in the UK and Europe. No other green procurement initiative combines a support service with an extensive survey that leads to performance benchmarking, sharing of best practice and recognition through awards for the leading participants.
Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business. Green IT, Smart-grid and Carbon Measurement and Management focused can apply for free software and support.
National Physical Laboratory
The Centre for Carbon Measurement helps to develop and performance-test low carbon technologies. We help accelerate time to market, and provide confidence in performance claims for investors and customers. The Centre is based at the National Physical Laboratory, an independent, government-owned laboratory with an international reputation in measurement for technology development and environmental monitoring. SMEs can get subsidised support for new low carbon technologies through NPL’s Technology Innovation Fund.
The REA represents British renewable energy producers and promote the use of renewable energy in the UK. The REA endeavours to achieve the right regulatory framework for renewables to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity, heat and transport needs. The Solar Trade Association is affiliated to the REA, and together the two have a combined membership of over 960 members.
UK Innovation Forum
The UK Innovation Forum (the UKIF) works to connect those with novel technologies with those who wish to commercialise it. Established with the support of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, it works with Technology Transfer Offices, British Universities, early stage businesses, open innovation directors and technology scouts.
UKSIF, UK Social Investment & Finance, is the membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services. They promote responsible investment and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment; also seeking to ensure that individual and institutional investors can reflect their values in their investments.