Engaging small businesses in the race to net zero

The ever pressing need to address the global climate crisis will come into sharp focus this year when the UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November. Ahead of the conference, the UK Government has set a target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, a major indicator that the country is serious about confronting the effects of harmful emissions and mitigating against the spectre of an impending climate catastrophe.

In 2019 the UK became the world’s first major economy to enshrine a net zero target in law. Legislation now requires the Government to oversee a 100% reduction in the country’s net carbon emissions by 2050, relative to 1990 levels, thereby making the UK a ‘net zero emitter’. Net zero status is achieved when carbon emissions are effectively cancelled out by implementing equivalent carbon reduction practices over a specified period.

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