Sustainable East Midlands
Supporting businesses of all shapes and sizes in engaging with the green agenda
The Chamber's Sustainable East Midlands campaign highlights the opportunities available to businesses, provides examples of organisations already successfully engaged in the low-carbon agenda and showcases the support available to those that want to learn more.
Sustainability is a topic that is sometimes ignored – but there’s a number of reasons why businesses – which account for 18% of the UK’s emissions – should engage with an agenda that is becoming more prominent by each day, as evidenced by the Prime Minister’s recent pledge to make Britain a world leader in clean wind power and create tens of thousands of jobs in the process.
Firstly, it’s the right thing to do. All the science points to how, if we don’t act fast, the worst effects of climate change could be irreversible, bringing not just environmental degradation but huge social and economic problems in the future.
But it also has an impact on the bottom line for businesses. Just like the automotive industry is now beginning to shift from petrol and diesel to building electric cars because it has identified the direction of the market, engaging with sustainability will make our business community more competitive in the long-term.
Adopting greener credentials reduces running costs and helps us win new contracts and business.
It also makes the East Midlands more competitive as a region. It plays into our strengths as we have all the pieces of the sustainability jigsaw – the high energy users in manufacturing, the energy producers in our coal field heritage, and new hi-tech businesses coming out of our world-leading universities.
The world is looking for solutions to climate change – innovative products and services developed in South Normanton could have a transformative impact in South Africa – so there is a clear commercial purpose to this.
Everyone has a role to play in this green transition and the overall success of this will be driven by SMEs, which make up 99% of all businesses.
So it’s time for each of us to change our thinking on this subject, take responsibility and reap the rewards.
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