Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Jane Imrie

Government calls on small businesses to cut emissions with new campaign

The government has today urged small businesses across the UK to take practical steps to reduce their emissions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng have today launched Together for our Planet ‘Business Climate Leaders’ campaign to encourage small and micro businesses to commit to cutting emissions in half by 2030 and to net zero by 2050.

The campaign will enable small businesses to use the new UK Business Climate Hub to find practical tools, resources and advice to understand their emissions and develop a plan to tackle them, as well as providing ideas for steps they can take.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented: “Every step that a small business takes on their journey to net zero adds up – not only in protecting the health of the planet but also in future-proofing their business and encouraging new investment, new customers and new opportunities for growth.

“We are providing the support and advice small businesses need to join us and become leaders in the fight against climate change.”

Business & Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and as we transition to a green future, they will also the backbone of the UK tackling climate change.

“There are huge opportunities for a small business to go green – not only playing their part in saving the planet from climate change but helping grow their business and ensuring it is fit for the future.

“Simple changes could differentiate a business from the competition, attract new customers and investment and save them money on their running costs. That is why I am urging the nation’s small businesses to sign up to become business climate leaders and lead the charge in protecting the future of our planet.”

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