We cannot afford to wait to act against the threat of climate change. Businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.
Race to Net Zero
This year, the UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help businesses like you to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet. Whatever size your business or industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to your business, to your customers, to your community, to the planet – and to your energy bills!
That’s why the UK government has created the UK Business Climate Hub, a campaign that asks UK small businesses of up to 250 employees to join the fight against climate change by committing to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. The UK government is asking you to commit to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. Net zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it.
When you commit, you’ll get the tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you’re doing with your customers and your community.
The Business Climate Hub has lots of resources and tools to help you reduce your carbon footprint including tools on:
- Reducing Your Own Emissions
- Reducing Value Chain Emissions
- Strategy & Governance
- Influence Change
Heroes of Net Zero Competition
The UK government’s Together for Our Planet campaign is teaming up with BT, NatWest and SSE to launch the Heroes of Net Zero competition to find the UK’s best small businesses taking innovative steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The best entries will be invited to attend the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow on November 2, where the winners will be announced and receive an exclusive prize package worth £4,500:
- 21 hours consultancy with an Energy Manager and one-year free access to ‘Business Energy Intelligence’ energy management platform, worth £3,500, from SSE;
- Six hours of bespoke mentoring with a NatWest Enterprise Manager from its Climate Accelerator programme, helping winning businesses gain climate friendly skills in accessing new markets to attracting talent, and;
- Up to £1,000 in vouchers to access a brand-new digital advertising support package from BT to grow your business
To take part in the Heroes of Net Zero competition, entrants must tell us in 200 words the exciting measures they have taken on the journey to net-zero. Reaching net-zero means the amount of greenhouse gases your business produces is no more than the amount taken away, eliminating all negative impact on the planet. Submissions can be made via an online form at the competition website.
The competition is open for entries from Thursday 9 September until October 6, with judging happening during the week of October 11.
The competition is open to businesses across the United Kingdom with fewer than 50 employees, the competition will be split into two categories:
- Micro businesses – 1-9 employees
- Small businesses – 10-50 employees
In order to enter the competition, businesses must first make a commitment at the UK Business Climate Hub to achieve net zero by 2050, in line with the Government’s own climate commitment.
The shortlist and winners in each category will be selected by judges Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s Business Net Zero Champion, James Close from NatWest Group, Gabrielle Giner from BT, and Marta Smart from SSE.
There are lots of other programmes and organisations that can help you achieve net zero and reduce your carbon footprint.
Some of these include:
- Eco-I NW-Offering access to the equipment, expertise and research of six North West Universities to develop low carbon products, processes and services.
- Planet Mark- Offering sustainability certifications for businesses, real estate and for products.
For more support in understanding the ways to go net zero and support available then contact the Growth Hub.