A business opportunity like no other

This year, businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

The UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help you join them today.

No matter how small your business or what 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!

Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. We’re 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, we’ll get in touch with 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. And in the following months we’ll keep you up to date with the latest ideas and incentives to help you meet your commitment.

2021 is the time. This November the UK government is hosting a major conference in Glasgow where world leaders will get together to commit to urgent action to tackle the climate emergency. It’s called COP26, and all eyes will be on the UK to agree the most ambitious plans to fight climate change the world has ever seen.

And you can be part of it. Become one of thousands of small business climate leaders across the UK this year and commit today.

“We’re committing to net zero by 2030 and have already taken action – our packaging has always been recyclable and compostable and as we’ve grown we’ve put more initiatives in place, for example a recycling system which saves thousands of litres of water every time we distil. Any small thing you can do can help, not printing paper when you don’t need to, turning the lights off, it’s all going to help the planet and help us to reach our goals.”

Zoe and Andrew Arnold-Bennett, Founders of Shed 1 Distillery

“This is a crucial time in our global fight against climate change and we encourage all business owners to factor sustainability into their choices. A great place to start is packaging. Reduce the need for new materials and switch to reusable, recyclable or compostable options and look at offsetting your shipping. We hope to pave the way for more emerging conscious brands and inspire others to think in a more sustainable way.”

Natalie Glaze and Zanna Van Dijk, Co-founders of Stay Wild

“At Healthy Nibbles we are committed to continuous improvement with sustainability being a key part of what we do. We are proud of our achievements as a small business. However, we are equally aware that it is only through collaboration, improvements at scale and encouraging others to join the net zero journey that true difference will be made.”

Sarah Roberts, Founder and CEO of Healthy Nibbles

“We believe in progression and ensuring that we are doing everything we can to meet the highest standards possible. We hope to inspire and drive change through example. Never see environmental initiatives as a burden and instead see how they can benefit company morale. Even a small switch is a win for your conscience and the planet.”

Susie Ma, Founder and CEO of Tropic Skincare

“Being part of the push towards net zero provides a greater sense of purpose and accountability. That’s why we’ve pledged to be net zero by 2025. We couldn’t offer energy efficiency advice if we weren’t putting those measures in place ourselves. This helps us be firmer in our decisions and that we show integrity, we do the right things.”

Garry Shaw, Managing Director of SURE Solutions

Top reasons to join us:

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 joining us, you can display our logo, attracting the growing number of customers for whom climate change really matters.

Future-proof your business

The UK is 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. Is your business ready?

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.

This commitment is for small businesses in the UK. Small businesses from outside the UK can also make the commitment on the main page of the SME Climate Hub. Bigger businesses in the UK and from around the world can also do their part at Race to Zero.

Steps you can take to cut your emissions

Getting greener might look different for every business, but there are steps you can take whether you’re just starting out or further along the road to zero emissions. Here are some ideas to get you started…

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