Business Action for a Greener County
Can You Be A Zero Hero?
Climate change, accelerated by our greenhouse gas emissions, is already impacting on us and is a serious threat to the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of the next generation and the beautiful countryside on which Gloucestershire depends for so much. The UK and the county have committed to achieving Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050, and to creating jobs and prosperity by stimulating a green recovery and developing a low-carbon economy.
This presents a challenge; we can only achieve this when businesses make the same commit. It also presents an opportunity; the businesses that succeed and thrive will be the ones that successfully embrace the new economy.
The Gloucestershire Climate Commitment makes it easy for county-based businesses of all sizes to take the first step, by providing a platform to make the commitment and tools to help you achieve Net Zero. Our goal is to have at least 10% of county-based businesses signed up by the time that COP26 starts in November 2021 representing a carbon saving of 54 kilo tonnes by 2030.
Can you be a Zero Hero? Join us and make the commitment to Net Zero Emissions today.
What is the Gloucestershire Climate Commitment?
We are asking all businesses in Gloucestershire to commit to Net Zero Emissions by 2050 at the latest, and join the “Race to Zero” at the UK Business Climate Hub.
Who is the commitment for?
The Gloucestershire Climate Commitment is open to all businesses that have their headquarters or premises within the county. We need everyone to join us on this journey, so we welcome businesses of any size, operating in any sector, for-profit or not-for-profit, at the start of their climate journey or several steps down the line. The only qualification is that you are ready to make a public commitment to join us on the most important journey of our lifetime.
Reducing emissions is fundamentally about reducing energy use and cutting out waste. This means that whilst taking the actions described in this playbook may require an initial investment of time and money, many of them will ultimately save money and reduce costs over the long term.
There is a broad political consensus that prioritising climate change as we plot our route to economic recovery from the global pandemic will stimulate innovation, create jobs and deliver sustainable economic growth.
The UK government’s “Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution” has signalled the intent to introduce of arrange of legal and financial policies, with both “carrots” and “sticks”, designed to stimulate a low-carbon economy. The businesses that embrace this by decarbonising their operations, supply chain, products and services will be more competitive; gain greater access to investment; and create more jobs and prosperity.
Carbon reduction is good for business, as recognised in the Gloucestershire Local Industrial Strategy which identifies “Green” as one of the two biggest opportunities for the county.
Attract the best people
There will be increasing pressure from your employees and your customers to do this. In 2015 Global Tolerance found that 62% of millennials wanted to work for a company that makes a positive social or environmental impact and in 2019 Nielsen found that 73% of people would change their consumption habits in order to reduce their impact upon the environment. This means that looking after the environment is becoming vital to attracting the best people to work for your business and to attracting customers to buy from your business.
Scientists now predict that a global rise in the average temperature of 1.5°C by 2040 is inevitable. This may not sound very much but it will lead to increasingly extreme weather patterns including; heatwaves, wildfires, droughts, severe flooding, tropical cyclones and storm-surges all of which will cause widespread loss of lives and livelihoods. If we do nothing about reducing the rate of emission then a global temperature rise of 3-6°C is predicted by the end of the century, with even more severe consequences. The 10 Science ‘Must Knows’ on Climate Change contains the most important facts you need to know.
The effects of climate change present a significant risk to our economy and to every business. Participating in the effort to achieve Net Zero will help you understand, mitigate and adapt to those risks.
A commitment to Net Zero Emissions is an excellent first step towards achieving these goals and we warmly encourage all businesses in the county to make this step by joining the Gloucestershire Climate Commitment today.