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Business views sought on environmental sustainability

10 February 2021

Businesses are being urged to share their views on the environment and sustainability with Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC).

Firms are being invited to discuss their views with newly installed GBCC policy adviser, Will Hargreaves, who is leading the Chamber’s policy work on environmental issues.

Views discussed will help shape the Chamber’s activity on the environment, in the run up to the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 conference taking place in November.

The international convention of 197 nations and territories meet annually to encourage critical action on climate change.

The UK Government has legislated that the country will be net zero by 2050.

In the West Midlands, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has released the first stage of its 20 year decarbonisation plan this year, with business and industry recognised as key sectors.

See the Action Plan here

Birmingham City Council has also planned to achieve net zero targets via  range of initiatives, including its Route to Zero Taskforce (R20), which aims to include the views of local businesses.

See more information here

Will said: “As the WMCA and Birmingham City Council have set ambitious targets to reach Net Zero carbon, it is crucial the perspectives of the business community are accounted for in these key strategies.

“Despite the wide ranging challenges businesses are currently facing, it is so encouraging to hear about businesses reducing their environmental impact and experiencing cost savings, new business opportunities and improved process efficiency, whilst improving reputation.

“With a number of businesses in the region having already signed up to the Sutton Coldfield and Solihull Chamber EcoPledge, in the run up to COP26, we will continue to gather feedback from local businesses on how they are responding to Government policies related to this very important agenda.  

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