The race to a net zero carbon economy by 2050 has begun. We’re making sure small businesses aren’t left out of the big picture.
In November 2021, the UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow to discuss plans to work towards carbon neutrality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At FSB, we’re supporting small business owners and the self-employed to understand how you can play your part and make a difference today for tomorrow.
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Download our free guide and find out how you can start your journey to net zero. It's packed with practical advice and tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint and make a difference for tomorrow.
Recorded during the COP26 climate conference, this event to explored the significant role small businesses will play in the transition to Net Zero. Watch on demand to find out how you can start your journey.
Read our key findings and recommendations to Government in our report, Accelerating Progress: Empowering small businesses on the journey to net zero
Find our frequently updated guides and resources designed to help you start your journey to net zero.
Support and advice for small businesses. Find primers, guides, sector specific information and links to local support.
Sign up to show your commitment our climate and find the tools you need to get there.
Put a spotlight on your sustainability journey.
If you’re already taking steps towards net zero with environmentally-friendly products, services or business practices, we’d love to hear about it! Enter the sustainability category of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2022 for free today.
Supporting the Race to Net Zero
No matter how small your business or what industry you are in, your commitment can make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and your running costs.
Small businesses will need to play a huge role in achieving this, and so FSB has made it clear to government that its approach to net zero policymaking must be underpinned by five fair values – or principles - that will enable and inspire us to carry out actions, together for our planet.
Climate change policies must be ambitious enough to have definite impact on the climate change challenge, both in their timescales and their scope and they must be informed by the latest scientific evidence.
Government, alongside regulators, should provide clear and accountable governance and ensure that climate change policies are coordinated.
Government should support, empower, and incentivise smaller businesses to find their own ways to net zero targets, acknowledging that a one-size-fits-all approach to policy delivery may not work; and that a diverse set of business-led solutions and incentives will be needed.
Government must provide a level playing field, ensuring businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, across every region and nation, can contribute to a net zero economy through their innovations, their investments, and their markets.
Government climate change policies must be affordable and achievable. The costs of transition to net zero must be distributed fairly among businesses, workers, and consumers, based on their environmental impact; their ability to pay; their ability to adapt and the potential for gain.
How can we help?
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