Calling all small businesses to lead the charge to net zero9 June 2021
The Together for Our Planet ‘Business Climate Leaders’ campaign encourages small and micro businesses to commit to cutting their emissions in half by 2030 and to net-zero by 2050 or sooner through the new UK Business Climate Hub.
Small businesses can use the hub to find practical tools, resources and advice to understand their emissions and develop a plan to tackle them, as well as providing ideas for steps they can take.
Steps could include installing energy-saving light bulbs, switching to electric vehicles and other cleaner forms of transport to reduce their carbon footprint, looking at environment-friendly packaging options, or introducing cycle to work schemes for employees.
The campaign will also provide small businesses with access to some of the UK’s biggest businesses – including NatWest, Google, Scottish Power and BT – and leading climate experts to support them in taking the simple and practical steps to protect the planet, and the benefits of future-proofing and growing a low carbon business. Partner support will include hosting a range of collaborative events throughout summer, creating a small business training programme on taking green actions, and using their high-profile digital channels to drive small business audiences to the climate hub.
You can do your bit locally by taking part in a Business Gateway pilot in partnership with Zellar to monitor and reduce carbon emissions. Zellar provides an online platform to do this and we are looking for 100 businesses from Leicestershire to take part in the pilot. To find out more: 100 ways to go greener – Business Gateway Growth Hub (bizgateway.org.uk)
The Business Gateway is also running a series of webinars to help small business owners reduce carbon emissions. View links below: