Climate Change Hub
A business opportunity like no other.
This year, the UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help businesses like you to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.
Whatever size your business or industry you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to your business, to your customers, to your community, to the planet – and to your energy bills!
That’s why the UK government has created the UK Business Climate Hub, a campaign that asks UK small businesses of up to 250 employees to join the fight against climate change by committing to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your supply chain. The UK government is asking you to commit to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. Net zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it.
When you commit, you’ll get the tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you’re doing with your customers and your community.
2021 is the time. This November the UK government is hosting a major conference in Glasgow where world leaders will get together to commit to urgent action to tackle the climate emergency. It’s called COP26, and all eyes will be on the UK to agree the most ambitious plans to fight climate change the world has ever seen.
And you can be part of it. Become one of thousands of small business climate leaders across the UK this year and commit today at the UK Business Climate Hub.
Uniting the word to tackle climate change
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021.
For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.
This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.
In the run up to COP26 the UK is working with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change. More than 190 world leaders will arrive in Scotland. Joining them will be tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks. Not only is it a huge task but it is also not just yet another international summit. Most experts believe COP26 has a unique urgency.
The Surrey Climate Commission was officially launched in June 2019, formed from a collaboration of organisations, including Surrey University, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Siemens, World Wildlife Fund and Surrey Wildlife Trust.
Professor Chris Rapley, CBE, of University College London gave the keynote address (see his presentation on The Need for Transformation in the downloads below).
Our aim is to provide an independent and authoritative voice to all organisations in Surrey, whether they be private, or public sector or other, helping them contribute to the County reaching its necessary climate target, to avoid the damaging effects of runaway climate change.
100 Ways in 100 Days is a fun and engaging new e-learning behaviour change programme, delivered via the workplace. It aims to help people learn how to work, live and think more sustainably, fast. Based on psychology and neuroscience, the ‘Ways’ consist of lively, colourful and thought-provoking videos, quizzes, infographics, special days, competitions and much more.
The programme embraces the theory of marginal gains, ie, how many small actions, multiplied many times, by many people can come together to create major impact and drive performance.
100 Ways in 100 Days is currently being piloted in the UK, to rave reviews, not just for awareness in sustainability, but also how it brings employees together, from senior management to the youngest recruit. The ambition is to become global in due course.
The programme was conceived by long time Surrey resident and PR and communications expert Sue Skeats. 100 Ways in 100 Days is particularly pertinent for larger organisations that are already on a sustainability journey (or are embarking upon one). An SME package is also in the pipeline.
For further information on how 100 Ways can help your organisation help the planet – and have fun along the way, please email email@example.com.
Meanwhile, here are just three tiny sustainability snippets to help you on your journey!
- Ditch Google – Move to Ecosia
www.ecosia.org is like any other search engine, with one major difference: it uses its profits to plant trees, benefiting people and local economies. And every search removes 1KG of CO2 from the atmosphere.
- Drink tap water, not bottled
Bottled water is NO better for your health than tap water and it’s certainly NO better for your wallet. By switching to tap water you’ll save £££s while also helping to save the planet 😊.
It’s 500 times more expensive than tap water. That’s the equivalent of paying £2,000 – £2,500 for a pint of beer!
- Soap opera
Switching from plastic-packaged bathroom and kitchen cleansing products to bars is one of the easiest ocean-friendly habits to get into. Bar soap has 10 times LESS of an environmental impact than liquid soap.