Google launches sustainability training for SMEs

Google has announced a free training programme to help SMEs reduce their emissions through practical, digitally-focused solutions such as cloud-enabled technology and sourcing clean energy.

Posted on 29 September 2021

Google has announced a free training programme to help SMEs reduce their emissions through practical, digitally-focused solutions such as cloud-enabled technology and sourcing clean energy.

The online initiative has been launched following research showing that only one in ten small businesses are measuring their carbon footprint, and a fifth do not fully understand the term ‘net zero’.

The training programme is designed for small businesses starting their journey towards sustainability, with an emphasis on how a sustainability strategy can help drive business performance. It sets out the business case and imperative for cutting emissions, focusing on practical, digital solutions.

‘SMEs can play a critical role’

Google partnered with certification body Planet Mark to create the programme as part of the UK’s #TogetherForOurPlanet campaign ahead of the COP26 climate summit in November.

Ronan Harris, managing director at Google UK, said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. By focusing on their climate impact they can play a critical role in helping the UK to reach its climate goals and show leadership on a topic their customers care deeply about.”

Companies that complete the training are encouraged to make a formal commitment to achieve net zero emissions by signing up to the government-backed SME Climate Commitment.

Free resources for SMEs

Google is the latest of a string of major organisations to provide free resources targeted at SMEs. Elsewhere, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and O2 have launched a free online support hub, and the BCC has also partnered with the FSB, CBI and other business groups to launch the Zero Carbon Business Partnership. The UK government provides its own tools and guidance for businesses through the UK Business Climate Hub website.

Tailored support in Greater Manchester

SMEs in Greater Manchester can also access fully-funded advice and guidance to start their net zero journey through GC Business Growth Hub’s Journey to Net Zero programme, delivered online via a mix of group workshops, study material and one-to-one advice.

To find out more visit www.businessgrowthhub.com/netzero.

 

 

 

 

Posted under General Interest and Carbon Reduction on 29 September 2021