Sustainability and net zero

What is sustainability and why is it important to my business?

By definition a sustainable business creates and contributes to the triple bottom line: financial, social, and environmental impact. Or in other words the actions you take to put sustainability at the core of your business will make that business stronger. It doesn’t matter if you are a consultant working from home or the owner of a factory, there are steps you can take that will have an effect on the people around you – employees and community – the planet – which we all share – and your profit – think about your energy bills! Investing in a sustainable business can increase profit in the long run from greater energy savings, operational efficiency and an increase in sales.

Know Act Share

You make these changes by knowing what your impact is, acting on that impact to make improvements, and sharing your plans with your team, and supply chain, to influence others to do the same.

What help is there?

SME Climate Hub

At the SME Climate Hub you can find information on Net Zero, a government initiative to push businesses of all sizes to be putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than they are taking out of it by 2050, and to be half-way there by 2030. The hub asks SMEs to sign up to a pledge that they will undertake this target and provides materials, including carbon calculators, in order to help them to do so.

UK - SME Climate hub (businessclimatehub.org)

Finance

Banks recognise the growing need and demand for sustainable financing and you should be able to access packages to support green projects from most high street banks as well as the British Business Bank.

Homepage - British Business Bank (british-business-bank.co.uk)

Funding

Low Carbon Across South East (LoCASE)offers match-funded grants of up to £10,000 to help businesses become more energy efficient through equipment purchase and ‘green’ projects. ‘Green’ businesses can also apply for funding to help with R&D, consultancy and marketing support.

LoCASE | Low Carbon Across the South and East

Plasticity

Southend-on-Sea has been chosen as the only town in the UK to take part in PlastiCity. A three year research project that aims to increase the amount of recycled commercial and industrial plastics in the 2 seas region.

Are you someone who is involved in waste management within a business? If so, they would like to learn what would help you to recycle plastic and what stops you from doing it. Please take the PlastiCity survey for business waste.