Ahead of the UN climate change conference (COP26) hosted in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November this year, small businesses* from across the UK are invited to join the green business revolution and commit to becoming more sustainable.
By November, the aim is for as many UK small businesses as possible to join the UN’s ‘Race to Zero’, a global effort to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we all generate to zero by 2050. Small businesses can sign up for the Race to Zero by visiting the new Business Climate Hub which is an official UK Government site offering practical steps on cutting emissions and inspiring success stories from other businesses.
Taking action on climate change will help businesses to grow, seize new opportunities and adapt against the challenges of a changing planet. Reducing emissions could lower running costs, save money, attract new customers and investors and help to start a green business movement.
Revo is setting up a round table to explain how this works for small businesses and what signing up would mean for our members.
The round table will be hosted by David Cameron, chair of Revo’s environmental working group. David will be joined by Sam Lux and Fergus Bailey from the net zero public engagement team in BEIS in the UK Government.
Sam and Fergus will take the meeting through the ins and outs of this important initiative. As a round table event, all attendees will be in the virtual room with David and our guests, giving everyone the opportunity to raise their questions. A flyer, outlining the campaign and the small business initiative can be viewed here.
*A small business is primarily one with 250 or fewer employees, although businesses with up to 500 employees are eligible to make the SME Climate Commitment in order to join the UN’s Race to Zero.
Sam is a policy advisor in BEIS’ net zero public engagement team. She currently works in the small team delivering the Together for Our Planet Business Climate Leaders campaign for Andrew Griffith MP in his role as UK Net Zero Business Champion ahead of COP26 in November. Before joining the Civil Service, she led on climate engagement at Nottingham City Council, and was awarded the Nottingham Roosevelt scholarship which took her to 10 US cities to research their sustainability stories. Sam was selected for edie’s 30 under 30 in the 2020 cohort.
Fergus is currently a policy advisor in BEIS’ net zero public engagement team. He currently works in the small team delivering the Together for Our Planet Business Climate Leaders campaign for Andrew Griffith MP in his role as UK Net Zero Business Champion ahead of COP26 in November. Fergus is part of the BEIS Priority Project Team, which provides policy support for teams that are a high priority. Before joining BEIS, Fergus worked in the Ministry of Defence as a Commercial Officer for four years.
David is a Director at Environmental Engineers, Atelier Ten. David has a background in energy modelling, mechanical engineering, and sustainable development master-planning. He enjoys working on buildings with low carbon aspirations from both a design and in-use perspective and takes a keen interest in the psychological and physiological aspect of building use and consequential perceived performance