NI Small Businesses take steps towards Net Zero

Press Releases 27 Apr 2021

FSB, BEIS and the Northern Ireland Office partner to deliver key Net Zero event

In response to the recognition of the need for collaborative action on climate, FSB Northern Ireland has partnered with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Northern Ireland Office to present ‘Your Business Journey to Net Zero’. This event, taking place on Thursday 29 April, seeks to empower SMEs with the knowledge to take their first steps towards Net Zero and embrace the opportunities of clean growth.

At Thursday’s event, the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, Paul Scully, and the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office, Robin Walker will open proceedings.  The UK Government’s Net Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith, will hold a panel session with businesses, and the Northern Ireland Economy Minister, Diane Dodds will close the event in the afternoon.

Commenting, Head of FSB Northern Ireland, Roger Pollen said:

“The Climate Crisis has been rightly recognised as the most fundamental challenge of this decade. Successfully combating climate change will require a collaborative effort of large and small businesses, all levels of government, and the wider public. This event is an important step in the right direction, providing SMEs with knowledge about some of the practical steps they can take towards Net Zero, including sharing of best practice from those who have already taken great strides towards being carbon neutral.

“While climate change is a substantial threat, there are great opportunities for innovation and positive change in our response to it. The most successful businesses are those that can successfully respond to constant change. Those that harness green technology will not only be environmentally sustainable but can also generate prosperity though clean growth.

“As positive action on climate is taken, it’s vital that policy is done ‘with’ small businesses and not ‘to’ them, as the government seeks to live up to ambitious targets on reducing emissions. Therefore, the timing of this collaboration could not be more pertinent as we seek to address the climate emergency together.

”We would encourage SMEs of all sizes and sectors to register for this free event.”

Commenting, UK Government Net Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith MP said:

“The actions of every single business will be central to this country’s successful transition to a low carbon economy, which will drive jobs and growth within the UK and open-up large and attractive new sectors of the world economy in which businesses based in the UK can take significant market shares.   Businesses in Northern Ireland are at the forefront of this opportunity.”

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Notes to editors  

  1. The event will take place virtually on Thursday 29 April from 10:00-16:20 and event content is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses in Northern Ireland. 
  2. Check the event webpage for more details, including the agenda and how to register. Please note that due to the variety and breadth of the day’s content, all sessions will be recorded so that delegates will be able to access presentations that they were unable to attend live on the day.