Manufacturing, retail and tech firms urged to take climate steps

The government’s Net Zero Business Champion has written to the UK’s manufacturing, retail and technology sectors about the specific steps they can take to fight climate change.

Posted on 26 August 2021

The government’s Net Zero Business Champion has written to the UK’s manufacturing, retail and technology sectors about the specific steps they can take to fight climate change.

In three separate letters sent in August, Andrew Griffith MP encouraged businesses in each sector to make a commitment to achieving net zero emissions and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint via the government’s UK Business Climate Hub.

Manufacturing

In his letter to the manufacturing sector, Andrew Griffith highlighted a recent report from manufacturers’ association Make UK, Demystifying Net Zero, which highlights the positive steps the sector is taking to adopt net zero emissions. 

The UK Business Climate Hub website sets out a number of steps manufacturers can take to cut their emissions, covering onsite renewable energy generation, improving manufacturing processes, upgrading manufacturing equipment, and stopping leaks and wastage.

Retail

Writing to the retail sector, Griffith signposted to the Retail Sector Council’s ‘green guide for SMEs’, Green Street. Backed by government, Green Street offers practical advice for both online and bricks-and-mortar retailers.

Additional advice available on the Business Climate Hub website covers lengthening product lifespans, removing or improving packaging, buying local and offering customers more sustainable choices.

Technology

Griffiths’ letter to the technology sector signposts the industry-led Tech Zero Taskforce, which has developed its own net zero toolkit for tech companies.

Tech-related guidance on the Business Climate Hub website covers calculating the carbon footprint of products and services, supporting flexible working, changing data storage practices and designing software with energy efficiency in mind.

Making the pledge

All businesses were urged to make a pledge to cut their carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 through the government’s SME Climate Commitment. Signatories become formally recognised by the UN Race to Zero campaign, a globally recognised collective of leading businesses, cities and regions.

 

 

 

Posted under General Interest, Carbon Reduction, Aerospace, Automotive, Chemicals, Creative and Digital Industries, Financial and Professional Services, Food and Drink, Textiles, Other Manufacturing and Other Service Sector on 26 August 2021