Business support organisation Business West has become carbon neutral and has pledged to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.
In order to meet the target, the organisation has published a climate change position statement, which outlines three concrete steps to reducing its carbon emissions, as well as accelerating the decarbonisation of business activity across the region.
The company has pledged to:
- Reduce direct and indirect carbon emissions – sourcing electricity from from renewable sources through Ecotricity, securing one of the UK's first hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo SUVs through Swindon motor dealer Pebley Beach, and reducing its lighting and heating demand.
- Engage other businesses and support them in reducing their own emissions.
- Accelerate decarbonisation by deepening its commitment to working with stakeholders on transitioning the region to meet net zero targets and achieving a climate and nature resilient economy and place.
Business West chairman Iain Wolsey said: "Climate change is a defining issue of our time and it is Business West’s view that business can make a pivotal contribution towards the rapid transitions required to overcome the challenges that it poses.
“Far from being the sole preserve of scientists and activists, climate change is now a mainstream business issue. There can be no prosperous future generated at the expense of the environment - businesses must act now.
“We at Business West recognise the importance of taking immediate action to tackle climate change, both in terms of our own operations and as a beacon for the local business community.
“As a leadership and membership organisation that supports 23,000 businesses across the South West, we are an organisation with the scale and influence to support and challenge the business community to prepare and adapt to meet the challenges of climate change.
"The publication of the Business West Climate Statement therefore serves as public record of our commitment to tackling climate change and aiding the transition to a sustainable and resilient local economy.”
Business West's climate change position statement can be read in full at www.businesswest.co.uk/about/our-story/service-standards