COP26 ends this week – but what does it all actually mean for your business?
COP26 – The 26th annual ‘conference of parties’ is believed to be by many the worlds’ last best chance to get runaway climate change under control.
190 world leaders, tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens have come together in Glasgow for twelve days of climate talks. International summits are complex, so we want to help you understand what they are working to achieve (particularly in the UK) and how you can get involved.
The Four main goals and what they need to achieve at COP26 are:
- Secure global net zero by mid century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach.
- Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats
- Mobilise Finance
- Work together to deliver
Working together is where you as a SME business come in….
Is the world’s largest net zero alliance, with over 3800 members representing over 15% of the global economy, 1 Billion people and 21% of the world’s biggest companies. Have all committed to halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions as soon as possible – or by 2050 at the very latest as part of the ‘Race to zero’.
What is Net Zero?! Click here for the Carbon Trusts definitive explanation for businesses.
We know increasingly client procurement specifications will require formalised climate action or certification. This is not going away, so now is the time to future proof your business.
How can Functio help?
At Functio we are able to build you or integrate to your existing systems an Environmental Management system (EMS) to meet the ISO 14001 international standard, which is the most widely used EMS in the world.
We can work with you to measure your current emissions and to set your environmental targets and goals and help you to really embed environmental sustainability into the culture of your business.
We can also support you in developing a Sustainability Strategy for your business, calculating you Carbon Footprint and building a programme of carbon reduction to support your strategy
Your business can take ‘The Commitment’ and join the SME climate hub to commit to halving your emissions before 2030 and striving to achieve net zero before 2050.
By doing this your business will be recognised by the United Nations ‘Race to zero’ campaign giving your business visibility in the community and with your clients.
Click the image below to visit the SME climate hub for more information and to sign-up to the commitment if you are ready (we can help get you there!) or if you’re not quite ready yet for ISO 14001 certification or ‘Race to zero’ you can still access loads of tools and resources including step by step actions specific to your industry to kick-start your businesses environmental journey.
Contact us if you have any further questions, we look forward to hearing from you.