Grow your business, shrink your carbon footprint

No matter how small your business or what industry you’re in, your actions can make a real difference. The UK's 5.5 million small businesses and self-employed are critical to reaching the UK Government’s 2050 net zero target and paving the way to a greener future. Reducing your carbon emissions won’t happen overnight, and the roadmap will look different for every business depending on where you are in your journey.

At the Federation of Small Businesses, working closely with partners such as UK Business Climate Hubwe’ve designed our sustainability hub to support you at key points on your journey, whether you need to make sense of the carbon jargon or you’re ready to take the next step. You’ll find top tips, advice, small business stories, and where you can go for further guidance.

Why does net zero matter for small businesses?

Stay compliant
With the UK Government continuing to introduce legislation to meet the 2050 net zero target, making changes to your business operations will ensure you stay compliant.

Cut your costs  
Reducing energy consumption, cutting waste or saving water are just a few of the solutions that can positively impact your bottom line.

Supply chain

With more businesses starting to review how eco-friendly their supply chains are, your suppliers may start to ask you how you’re working to reduce your carbon footprint.

Attract new customers
As consumers become more conscious of their carbon footprint, they’ll be on the lookout to spend their money with businesses who align with their eco-friendly values.

Check your timelines
Don’t forget that dates and net zero legislation might differ if you’re in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland, so make sure you stay in the know.

The planet
Do your bit for the environment! Small businesses will play a vital role in reaching net zero and every business can contribute in their own unique way.