Green Positive Environmental Action Scheme (PEA)

We are committed to reducing carbon emissions and helping businesses to go green. Through involvement with the EU Covenant of Mayors, we have a target to reduce emissions by 20% by the year 2020.

The Green PEA scheme has been specifically designed to enable businesses to contribute towards this target. It is a voluntary certification scheme designed to encourage Poole-based organisations to think about their carbon emissions and then undertake activities in line with expert recommendations.

How it works

The Green PEA scheme is an innovative certification scheme with an emphasis on companies taking a proactive approach to reduction of their carbon emissions.

In summary companies will receive an initial cost analysis on their energy usage to provide a benchmark. This will also include recommendations for improvements. Companies can then work through a number of levels within the scheme achieving milestones and accreditations.

At all levels of the scheme there is an expectation of company buy-in, at all management levels. Companies need to commit to achieving their targets within a flexible designated timeframe, as agreed between all parties.

Help and support is available at all times from us and many associated experts in the field of green energy conservation.

Levels of certification


Companies receive an energy usage survey with recommendations and milestones. A letter of support from the senior management team is expected.

Target timescale: Survey conducted within 3 months, letter of support expected within a further 1 month.


Requirements: achieve at least 2 recommendations from benchmark study.

Target timescale: 6 months (depending upon type of business)


Requirements: achieve at least 5 recommendations or demonstrate qualified level of staff engagement. Target timescale: 9 months


Requirements: demonstrate 10% saving in direct carbon emissions. Eligible for grant support.

Target timescale: 12-18 months


Requirements: demonstrate 20% saving in direct carbon emissions and introduction of at least one renewable technology.

Target timescale: 2 years

Participating companies

Participating companies will receive appropriate framed certificates endorsed by Borough of Poole, PR via Borough of Poole and Poole Chamber and will be entered into the annual Green PEA awards.

The Green PEA awards recognises companies that have made the most progress in the course of one year towards their targets, and are supported by Borough of Poole and the Mayor’s office.

An annual awards ceremony will be held, offering PR and community opportunities.

Page last updated: 25 April 2019
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