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The government has called on all UK-based small businesses to lead the way in achieving net zero as part of their incumbent climate action plan.
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, outlined their intentions by officially launching the ‘Together for our Planet Business Leaders’ campaign.
Announced in a press release, the scheme will aim to support small businesses by helping them to cut emissions in half by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.
It is also hoped net zero can be achieved before the target date if businesses could commit to becoming members of the UK Businesses Climate Hub; an initiative which helps firms find tools, resources and advice to help them on the road to carbon neutrality.
Small businesses will also have access to expert advice from prominent firms such as NatWest, Google and BT who will offer further support in the campaign.
There are around six million small businesses in the country employing 60% of the UK’s workforce and generating £2.2 trillion, making the push a key focus for the government in the post-pandemic world.
Mr. Johnson hopes the scheme will benefit small businesses for generations to come:
“Every step that a small business takes on their journey to net zero adds up- not only in protecting the health of the planet but also in future-proofing their businesses and encouraging new investment, new customers and new opportunities for growth.”
The campaign was equally embraced by business leaders across the country.
Federation of Small Businesses Chairman, Mike Cherry, believes small businesses will see it as an opportunity to emerge stronger than ever from the pandemic, whilst British Chamber of Commerce Director General, Shevaun Haviland, feels small businesses will now be able to “stake their place in the green economy.”
The scheme will look to cement the UK’s position on climate action within global politics.
With the G7 Summit and COP26 Climate Change Conference both set to be held in the UK later this year, in St. Ives and Glasgow respectively, the net zero goal will urge small businesses to take up emission-reducing initiatives as part of an international effort.
Issued last week, the Confederation of British Industry also laid out their plan to support small businesses under the government guidelines in an effort for a greener future.