Last reviewed 1 June 2021
The Government has launched a national campaign urging smaller businesses to “lead the way on climate action” as part of the UK drive to net zero.
The campaign, Together for our Planet, aims to encourage small and micro businesses to commit to cutting their emissions in half by 2030 and to net zero by 2050 or sooner.
Launching the campaign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“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 business and encouraging new investment, new customers and new opportunities for growth.”
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) make up over 95% of all enterprises in the UK and contribute around 47% of revenue to the economy. Overall business and industry account for 25% of UK territorial emissions, with just under half of these emissions from SMEs, according to BEIS.
Under the plan, SMEs will have full access to a new UK Business Climate Hub, which provides practical tools, resources and advice to understand their emissions and how to reduce them, as well as providing ideas for steps they can take.
Business & Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said, “SMEs are the backbone of our economy and as we transition to a green future, they will also the backbone of the UK tackling climate change.”
A recent survey carried out by market research group, Opinium, found that over 60% of SMEs believe the government’s net zero ambitions and its green recovery plan is good for business. National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, Mike Cherry, said small business “are keen to do the right thing” to help our transition to net zero.
“The small firms and sole traders who make up the UK’s 6 million SMEs are now seeking help and guidance on what they can do. From those that have already started on this journey, we know that sustainability makes good business sense, too.”
Further details of the government’s net zero guidance for SME’s are available here.