Achieving this commitment will require a fundamental transformation of every part of the economy. Some of these changes will be visible, such as more renewable energy and electric vehicles, but most will happen behind the scenes in the way organisations, businesses and individuals operate and manage their relationships.
In 2019, the UK became the first major nation to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.
Businesses of all sizes have a vital role to play; they will face new responsibilities and risks, but also new opportunities to grow and benefit from greener and more efficient ways of working. Whatever size your business or industry you’re in, your involvement could make a real difference – to your business, to your customers, to your community, to the planet – and to your energy bills!
To support Businesses with these changes the UK Government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups from across the UK to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet. Together they have launched the Together for our Planet ‘Business Climate Leaders’ campaign. This is a new drive to encourage 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.
As SMEs are responsible for nearly half the UK’s business-related emissions, it is essential that they are fully engaged and helped to reduce their environmental impact. A dedicated website for SMEs has also been set-up (https://smeclimatehub.org/), which aims to provide a “one-stop-shop” to help SMEs make a climate commitment and provide access best-in-class tools, resources and support.
Top reasons to cut carbon emissions:
Grow your business
It can be hard to think as far as 2030 when we’re all building back from coronavirus. But cutting emissions can mean saving money and give you a competitive advantage today. By signing up to the campaign, you will be able to display a logo to show your commitment, attracting the growing number of customers for whom climate change really matters.
Future-proof your business
The UK is already changing. For example, by 2030 you won’t be able to buy new petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK, while zero-emission vehicles could support 40,000 jobs. Getting ahead of other countries like this will create new opportunities here in the UK.
Be part of the solution
We all want to create a better planet, but it can be hard to know where to start. Through this commitment, join other businesses, get tips, make a plan, and be confident that you are really making a difference.
2021 is the time. This November the UK government is hosting COP26, a major conference in Glasgow where world leaders will get together to commit to urgent action to tackle the climate emergency. All eyes will be on the UK to agree the most ambitious plans to fight climate change the world has ever seen. The Marches LEP and Growth Hub will keep you up-to-date with all of the latest news and developments around COP26 and what it means for our region.