Why would my business want to be greener?

The concept of “Going Green” and becoming “sustainable” means reducing the overall environmental impact of your business. By combining compliance issues with energy efficient measures that conserve the earth’s resources, a business can become more efficient, and reduce their overall costs.

Why commit to going greener?

Climate action has never been so good for business

Gain a competitive advantage

Supply chain leaders, investors, shareholders, consumers and employees are increasingly looking to business to adopt ambitious climate-related targets, with some supply chain leaders now formalising climate action in their procurement policies. Stay ahead of the curve.

Managing business risk

Left unchecked, climate change represents material risk to business cash flow and economic growth, by increasing operating costs, limiting resource availability, causing shifts in demand, disrupting supply chains and forcing business closures. Prepare for tomorrow, today.

Improve efficiency, reduce costs

Businesses that look to use and manage resources more efficiently can tangibly reduce their operating costs and increase profitability, while improving business preparedness. Begin to take steps today that are good for your business and the climate.

Enhance access to capital and affordable insurance

Investors and insurers are increasingly linking business exposure from natural disasters with climate change. Take steps to keep you insurance fees affordable and secure your loan, grant and investment worthiness.

Grow your business and your brand

The SME Climate Hub represents a global network of like-minded businesses seeking to improve themselves, their community and the planet. Being part of this network offers far reaching collaborative and commercial opportunities to grow your business and be a leading brand, as market trends shift to a low-carbon economy.

How to get involved?

SMEs can take action by signing up, and in doing so will be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. Join governments, businesses, cities, regions, and universities around the world that share the same mission.

What Business Support is available?

In an ever changing landscape and environment, making your business environmentally friendly has never been so important. Here we set out examples of the support that is available, how can you access funding and advice to help you adopt sustainable practices and become greener.

How we are supporting a Greener Solent

We set out our own commitment to improving the environmental well-being of the Solent in our Assurance Framework in section 2.4 – in it we state that we are committed to ensuring that our activity is sustainable.

Energy Hub: Support for Green Energy projects

The Solent is part of the South West Energy Hub set up in late 2018. They work with organisations and communities across the South West and the Solent region, to identify, develop and implement low carbon energy projects.

Timeline

Key dates of national and regional steps towards Net Zero

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