The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and O2 have launched a free online hub offering tools and guidance for cutting emissions after finding that carbon footprints are still a ‘mystery’ to 91% of small businesses.
In a survey of more than 1,000 firms commissioned by the BCC in partnership with O2, half (49 per cent) said their customers were worried about the environment.
However, just 9 per cent of the small businesses surveyed said they currently measure their carbon footprint, compared to 26 per cent of larger firms.
In response to the findings, the BCC and O2 have teamed up to launch a free online hub to help businesses find out how to measure their carbon footprints, set targets and develop an overall net zero strategy.
‘Guides, insights and useful tools’
Jo Bertram, managing director, business and wholesale at Virgin Media O2, said: “In May, the Government called on small businesses to lead the charge and pledge to reach net zero by 2050 or sooner, but our research shows that to do this, they need more support. From microbusinesses to larger firms, SMEs have told us they’re concerned about the environment, but in the wake of lockdowns and growing economic pressures, the majority are understandably facing barriers to improving their sustainability.
"That’s why today we’ve launched the Net Zero Hub: to provide businesses of all sizes with the free online resources they need to accelerate their net zero journey. Whether they have just started or are well underway, the hub offers practical guides, real-life insights and useful tools to help small businesses reap the benefits of reaching net zero.”
Among the resources available on the Net Zero Hub are:
A ‘green savings calculator’ to identify ways to save money and cut emissions through flexible working
A ‘zero carbon business tool’ providing practical advice on the net zero agenda, where to find support and how to take action
A collation of the up-to-date survey results on business attitudes to net zero.
Support in Greater Manchester
SMEs in Greater Manchester at an early stage in their carbon reduction journey can also get step-by-step support on the road to net zero through GC Business Growth Hub’s online Journey to Net Zero workshop programme.
Posted under General Interest and Carbon Reduction on 26 August 2021