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.
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 as quickly you can, by 2030 where possible and by no later than 2050. Join the Mayor in doing everything possible to make London net-zero- 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 is hosting the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. This conference will bring 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.
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.
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:
- Islington Together: Let’s talk about a greener future (18 – 29 October 2021)
- Virtual Connections Cafe: A Journey to Net Zero (28 October 2021, 9:30am – 11:00am)
- FSB Small Business Virtual Conference: The Journey to Net Zero (2 November 2021, 10:00am – 3:30pm)
- COP26 Celebration Event (3 November 2021, 5:30pm – 8:30pm)
- Sustainability and SMEs – Business Benefits and Myths (9 November 2021, 10:00am – 11:00am)
- Zero Carbon Tour – Sutton (15 November 2021, 2:00pm – 5:00pm)
- Zero Carbon Tour – Hillingdon (16 November 2021, 9:00am – 12:00pm)
- Zero Carbon Tour – Brent (16 November 2021, 3:00pm – 6:00pm)
- Zero Carbon Tour Grand Finale (18 November 2021, 12:00pm – 3:00pm)
- £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
Specialist programmes and support from London Business Hub.
London Business Week | 12 – 15 October
Dedicated programme of free events celebrating SMEs.