Businesses here are being challenged play their part in tackling climate change by working to reduce their carbon emissions as part of a new initiative.
Business in the Community (BITC) is leading on a new campaign – Business Action on Climate – that “challenges organisations in Northern Ireland to address the climate crisis by working to achieve ambitious reduction targets for their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions”.
The campaign, in collaboration with the CBI, FSB, IoD and NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry, puts Northern Ireland businesses at the forefront of action on the climate crisis.
To support signatories to achieve their targets, Business in the Community will provide a range of guidance and support including: climate literacy training; workshops and advisory support on climate related risks and opportunities; and GHG footprinting and guidance on measuring emissions.
“We’ve had warnings about the very real threat of the climate breakdown for decades, but the Covid-19 crisis has shown that even in a world stopped in its tracks our GHG emissions have not decreased enough to meet the Paris Agreement and limit global temperature rise under 1.5C,” Kieran Harding, managing director, BITC, said.
“As we invent a new business norm, bolder, collaborative, and practical action is not only necessary, it’s urgent.
“Through the Business Action on Climate and the Climate Action Pledge, Business in the Community is giving organisations in Northern Ireland the opportunity to come together and prove to their communities, stakeholders, customers and employees that they are taking ambitious action on the climate crisis.
“Addressing climate breakdown and reducing our GHG footprint is integral for business, to enable us to build back better after Covid-19 for the benefit of business, our communities and the economy. Not only that, it’s necessary to ensure a liveable future and to create new opportunities for business that generate greater prosperity and wellbeing for all.”