In November 2020, the Prime Minister appointed Andrew Griffith MP as the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion to support the country’s business community to make credible plans to net zero by 2050 or earlier.
Net zero refers to achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. There are two different routes to achieving net zero, which work in tandem: reducing existing emissions and actively removing greenhouse gases.
In his role Mr Griffith works closely with Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng and COP26 President Alok Sharma to encourage as many UK businesses as possible to commit to net zero targets, harnessing the potential of British firms as they launch new products, attract new investment and create new jobs.
As well as recruiting the UK’s biggest companies to join the Race to Zero, the Government has also launched a new campaign to encourage small businesses across the country to join the fight against climate change and go greener.
Our National Vice Chair for Policy and Advocacy Martin McTague sits on this taskforce and we will be working to support as many small business as possible to take up this challenge. Further information on all the events, information and guidance needed will be on our website.
Getting greener will look different for every business, but there’s steps you can take whether you are starting our or further along the road to zero emissions, here are some ideas to get you started:
• Switch to LED Bulbs
• Adjust heating and cooling system timings, temperatures and rooms
• Install a smart meter
• Introduce a cycle to work scheme
• Talk to your supply chain
• Insulate your buildings
• Electrify your work vehicles and or install charging points
• Install your own renewable electricity or heating.
Further information can be found at www.fsb.org.uk or by visiting https://together-for-our-planet.ukcop26.org/