22 October 2021

Together for our planet

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This November the UK government is hosting COP26, the major conference in Glasgow where world leaders will stand together and commit to urgent action to tackle the climate emergency. Many consider COP26 the last chance for global cooperation as the crisis worsens.

 

SMEs represent 90% of business globally, employing 2 billion people, so the SME Climate Hub – a pioneering global initiative that aims to create a tipping point for mainstreaming climate action and building business resilience – is an invitation to declare their commitment to halve greenhouse gas emissions before 2030, and race to net-zero emissions before 2050.

  

Today, we are pleased to share that the TDUK Sustainability Committee has itself signed up to the SME Climate Hub, gaining access to tools and proven strategies to future-proof our organisation, and become one of thousands of small business climate leaders across the UK this year to commit. TDUK, recognising that climate change poses a threat to the economy, nature and society-at-large, commits to take action immediately in order to:

  • Support our members in halving greenhouse gas emissions intensity before 2030
  • Achieve net-zero emissions before 2050
  • Disclose our progress on a yearly basis

 

In doing so, we are proud to be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign, and join governments, businesses, cities, regions, and universities around the world with the same mission.

 

We look forward to discussing this with other organisations and bodies to encourage commitment across the wider industry. The requirement to disclose progress will also form part of the new Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP) and will be phased in over time.

 

Interested in making the commitment for your business? Sign up here