Here at London Business Hub, we know that many businesses are already taking action on climate change and seeing the benefits and opportunities it can bring.
It can help you attract and retain staff, save money through efficiencies, improve the public’s view of your business and boost your brand value. Climate action also delivers benefits across London and the wider economy. That’s why we have brought together a range of resources to support your business to act on climate change.
Climate Action Frameworks
Covering six key sectors, the Climate Action Frameworks are designed to help your business reduce emissions linked to your operations, supply chain and the wider community. They can also help you build a business case for climate action.
The Better Futures+ programme provides qualifying London SMEs with a business support package worth £1000s to help them plan to get to net zero.
Resources and support
The Mayor’s Business Climate Challenge
The Mayor of London is piloting an ambitious new challenge for businesses to play their part in tackling the climate emergency. The Mayor’s Business Climate Challenge will call on London businesses to reduce their carbon footprint by cutting their building energy usage.
Further resources and support
Other climate change initiatives supported by the Mayor of London include:
Race to Zero
Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign to encourage businesses, cities and investors to work towards a resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.
The Race to Zero is an umbrella campaign and there are many ways to join, including the SME Climate Pledge and Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees.
We call on London Businesses to make the commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. Join the Mayor in doing everything possible to decarbonise by no later than 2030 – it is everybody’s business.
Why get involved?
There are various opportunities for businesses to get involved with Race to Zero. Benefits include:
- Support with setting and achieving climate action targets.
- The opportunity to share tools and knowledge with a community of members.
- Demonstrate your commitment to a zero-carbon future.
SME Climate Hub
The SME Climate Hub supports small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 250 employees to join the Race to Zero campaign. Visit the SME Climate Hub to access tools, support and advice to help your business curb emissions and gain a competitive edge.
UK Business Climate Hub
The UK Business Climate Hub is a government-backed initiative that aims to create a tipping point for mainstreaming climate action and building business resilience. It supports UK businesses to demonstrate their climate leadership.
Why get involved?
- Grow your business.
- Future-proof your business.
- Be part of the solution.
What happens when you get involved?
Businesses that make a commitment to take climate action through the UK Business Climate Hub benefit from:
- Tools to understand and tackle emissions.
- Advice on how to share what you’re doing with customers.
- Ideas, support and incentives to help you meet your commitment.
Please click here for additional information about the UN Race to Zero campaign.
In November 2021 the UK hosted the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. The conference brought together countries to address the Climate Emergency. COP26 has a particular urgency, it is our last, best chance to address climate change and limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees. COP26 provides an opportunity for all actors to commit to ambitious climate targets and to take action to achieve them. Cities are critical to achieving national targets and London is a global leader for tackling Climate Change- London businesses have a key role to play in achieving our net zero target.
The Better Futures+ programme promotes and supports innovation, sustainability and diversity within London’s cleantech sector. Through the programme, small and medium-sized enterprises in the cleantech sector can benefit from:
- Business plan support.
- Investment readiness.
- Help with product development.
- Fundraising strategy support.
- Impact assessment.
- Part-funded internships for young people from minority groups.
- Grants targeted at SMEs affected by the pandemic.
Better Futures+ is funded by the GLA’s Green New Deal and delivered in conjunction with established delivery partners at Imperial College London, and West London Business.
The Innovation Support Directory is an online guide bringing together details of the range of innovation support schemes, programmes and organisations available for London’s climate innovation community.
The directory covers:
- Government policies and programmes.
- Innovation spaces.
- Innovation support.
- Research and academia.
- Skills and training.
- Test beds and demonstrators.
#CEweek2022 is an annual circular economy showcase taking place from Monday 13 June – Friday 17 June 2022. Hosted by ReLondon, it will celebrate and showcase London’s circular economy.
#CEweek2022 will also:
- Explore the role that circular economy can play in helping a green recovery.
- Bring together changemakers to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
- Highlight how businesses, cities and governments are reducing carbon emissions through innovation.
- Include 50+ events.
The CCCI is running a number of programmes to support climate-focused businesses, including:
- Applications are now open for The Greenhouse accelerator for climate startups. The Greenhouse provides a unique opportunity for early-stage startups (pre-seed) who are committed to scaling their business to receive equity-free funding, coaching and mentorship over a 12-month programme. The deadline is 4 July 2022.
In April 2021, the UK Government announced a target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. There is a wide range of initiatives and organisations to support businesses to take climate action and help the UK meet emissions targets. These include:
- The Carbon Trust supports businesses to achieve a sustainable, low-carbon future. It provides a range of resources, advice and intelligence on climate action.
- WRAP works with businesses to deliver practical solutions that improve resource efficiency.
- The Small Business Sustainability Hub from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) supports smaller firms to become more sustainable.
- Climate for SMEs: 4 Steps to Action is a new course to help SMEs in the City of London take climate action.
- ReLondon – Making the circular economy everyone’s business. Empowering you to embrace circularity, transforming the way you work and creating long-term sustainable value and growth.
- The Climate Change Committee advises the UK Government on emissions targets. It also reports to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change.
- Green Street is an online initiative to help small independent retailers cut their carbon footprint.
- Cross River Partnership (CRP) is a non-profit organisation that has developed a number of online tools that can help keep air clean at the same time as supporting businesses. CRP has launched Greening Out The Grey: The Value of Green Infrastructure for People and Places, which is a practical report demonstrating the business case for, and values of, greening. Greening can improve air quality, facilitate climate adaptation and increase physical and mental wellbeing for residents, workers and visitors across London and beyond.
- The Department for Transport has published guidance for employers who want to put in place a cycle to work scheme.
- The Workplace Charging Scheme is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints.
- The Plug-in Charging Grant Scheme provides a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.
- Quick wins to reduce building energy consumption guide – work through the guide to ensure your commercial building is operating as energy efficiently as possible. Many buildings consume more energy than they need to. This guide developed by the Mayor’s business Climate Leaders and the Better Buildings Partnership can help you start to save energy in your building.
- The Achieving Net Zero handbook from the Food and Drink Federation provides practical guidance to help food and drink manufacturers on their journeys to net zero.
- The Carbon Footprint Tool from London Borough of Tower Hamlets helps organisations to calculate and track their carbon emissions. It also provides advice on ways to cut emissions.
- By answering 10 quick questions, deliverBEST can provide practical suggestions to help develop solutions that make deliveries to your business more efficient, as well as help improve local air quality and reduce congestion.
Find out more about the external resources and support available.
The following events are taking place to support businesses to achieve net zero and identify the benefits of climate action:
- Ask Us Anything About: B Corp (9 June 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
- Circular Economy Week 2022 (13 June – 17 June 2022)
- Working Toward Net Zero (17 June 2022, 9:00am – 12:000pm)
- Innovating Sustainable Products for Change – Day 1 (21 June 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm)
- Innovating Sustainable Products for Change – Day 2 (22 June 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm)
- Reset Connect London (28 – 29 June 2022)
- Green-Up Your Supply Chain (29 June 2022, 10:30am – 11:30am)
- £288 million fund opens for green heating projects (4 March 2022)
Households and businesses across England are set to benefit from green heating as a £288 million government funding scheme is opened – boosting the roll out of next generation heat network projects as part of cutting emissions.
- Government publishes UK’s Third Climate Change Risk Assessment (17 January 2022)
New report recognises the unprecedented challenge of ensuring the UK is resilient to climate change and sets out the work already underway to meet the challenge.
- Government invests over £116 million to drive forward green innovation in the UK (7 December 2021)
New funding will support British businesses developing technologies to reduce carbon emissions.
- Trade Secretary steps up export support for clean growth businesses (11 November 2021)
More British businesses will be able to seize the opportunities offered by the rapidly growing international green sector, thanks to a new programme.
- UK Government launches call to action for exporters to go green (3 November 2021)
UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, has launched a call to action to businesses across the country to take advantage of renewable export opportunities around the world in the race to net zero.
- UK’s path to net zero set out in landmark strategy (19 October 2021)
A landmark Net Zero Strategy setting out how the UK will secure 440,000 well-paid jobs and unlock £90 billion in investment in 2030 on its path to ending its contribution to climate change by 2050 has been unveiled by the UK Government.
- £400 million partnership to boost green investment (19 October 2021)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Bill Gates announced a new partnership between Breakthrough Energy Catalyst and the UK Government to drive investment into the next generation of ground-breaking clean energy technologies.
- £220 million to help big-emitting industries reduce fossil fuel use (22 September 2021)
Businesses in some of the UK’s most polluting industries will be able to bid for a share of £220 million to help cut their carbon emissions.
- UK Government launches plan for a world-leading hydrogen economy (17 August 2021)
First-ever vision to kick start world-leading hydrogen economy set to support over 9,000 UK jobs and unlock £4 billion investment by 2030.
- Every UK job has the potential to be green (14 July 2021)
Independent Green Jobs Taskforce issues call to action on how the UK can deliver a green industrial revolution with government, business and the education sector working together.
- Government publishes world’s first ‘greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050 (14 July 2021)
Transport decarbonisation plan for cleaner air, healthier communities and tens of thousands of new green jobs.
Support from London Business Hub
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