One hundred businesses sign West Midlands net zero pledge

The National Lottery and Severn Trent Water are among the latest cohort to sign the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Net Zero Business Pledge, joining some of the highest profile employers across the region.

Reducing carbon emissions from businesses will be key to achieving the target of being a net zero region within the next 20 years.

A new dedicated website has gone live to coincide with World Environment Day to make it even easier to make a pledge and find out what others are doing across the region. Sara Blair-Manning, chief executive at Birmingham Botanical Gardens who have also signed the pledge, said:

“In our role as a West Midlands environmental educational charity, we're committed to meeting UK environmental legislation, promoting good environmental practice, and encouraging behavioural change to all who engage with the gardens.

“Signing up to the WM Net Zero Pledge offers an opportunity for us to be supported by an expert team and a chance to engage with a cohort of like-minded businesses and charities. We are delighted to have made the pledge."

The West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge is a partnership between the WMCA and Sustainability West Midlands to provide businesses and other institutions with the practical support and guidance they need to begin or continue their journey to net zero.

Steps businesses are taking include installing energy saving light bulbs, using cleaner manufacturing or building processes, switching to electric vehicles, looking at environment-friendly packaging and waste management options and encouraging their supply chains to take action. Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA chair, added:

“Our region has been described as the birthplace of the industrial revolution and therefore - as one of the earliest contributors to pollution on our precious planet - you could argue that this gives us a special duty to be at the forefront of the coming Green Industrial Revolution.

“To lead change at this scale, we need businesses of all sizes - and from all sectors - to commit to new ways of working. That’s why it’s great news that we’ve reached this milestone of 100 signatories to the net zero business pledge - an ideal complement to the WMCA’s own #WM2041 net zero commitment.

“I’m sure more firms will now be encouraged to follow suit - cutting costs, becoming more energy efficient and ultimately reducing their environmental impact on our region.”

As well as supporting businesses to cut their emissions through the Net Zero Business Pledge, the WMCA is also helping residents to contribute to the region's #WM2041 target by running free Carbon Literacy Training courses.

Businesses can sign up to the pledge online.


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