Net Zero Hub

Net Zero Hub

Be part of a more sustainable future

Does your business have a plan for reaching net zero? Now is the time to make one.

Our region’s economy has a special relationship with its environment – we are truly a Blue Green Economy that can thrive when business works sustainably with our seas and green spaces. 

In 2019, the UK pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This section of our website will help your business contribute to this target and take action on climate. You can find resources, insights, information, tools and support.

We’ve also put together a Net Zero Directory which features advice from experts who can help your business improve its energy efficiency.

NET ZERO PLEDGES

Is your business on a journey to being Net Zero? Have you already started to set meaningful targets that you’re ready to share?

If your team has gone above and beyond to support sustainability we want to share your stories and promote your Net Zero pledge.

Simply fill in the form opposite outlining your plan for achieving Net Zero and we’ll pin your pledge to our Net Zero Hub and promote it to the wider business community.

If you have an example of good practice you would like to share, or any lessons learned, let us know so we can shout about your progress.

CARBON NET ZERO WORKSHOPS

The first steps towards sustainability with Recro Vida

Businesses across Devon are being invited to a series of free Carbon Net Zero workshops in 2022 which are designed to help you on the first steps of your sustainability journey while improving your organisation’s impact on the environment.

Devon & Plymouth Chamber is committed to helping our members work towards Net Zero, and so we have partnered with local sustainability experts Recro Vida Ltd to host the four highly practical and informative online workshops aimed at SMEs and micros.

Recro Vida will help you navigate the world of Net Zero, starting with the very first steps businesses can take, handholding you through the process of setting a carbon reduction strategy.

The aim is to finish the series with your own carbon reduction strategy that can begin right away.

Click the links below to find out more about each workshop and register, and to watch our past webinars.

Workshop 1 – Carbon 101 – CLICK TO WATCH FULL WEBINAR

Held on Thursday, February 17

This first workshop is an introduction to reducing your carbon emissions. We unpack the jargon and tackle some of the myths surrounding Net Zero and what this means for businesses. By the end you will have a good understanding of what these terms actually mean.

Workshop 2 – Carbon Policy – CLICK TO WATCH FULL WEBINAR

Held on Thursday, March 17

In the second workshop of our Net Zero series, we will introduce carbon policies, what they are, why you need one, what this should include and our tips for making this the best it can be.

Workshop 3 – Carbon Reduction Strategy

Thursday, April 28, 4-5pm

Here, we will cover setting up a carbon reduction strategy. The data involved with carbon can feel overwhelming, but we will guide you step-by-step and by the end of this workshop you should feel confident about tackling both the data, and your carbon.

Workshop 4 – Delivering Net Zero and Beyond

Thursday, May 19, 4-5pm

In this final workshop, you will learn how to launch and implement your carbon reduction strategy, ensuring that you keep up momentum year on year, constantly improving as you go.

NET ZERO LIVE

Net Zero Live!

Net Zero Live was a four-hour live broadcast from Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Fresh Air Studios in Plymouth, in partnership by YGS Landscapes Ltd.

Broadcast live from Fresh Air Studios on Tuesday, November 2, #NetZeroLive ran simultaneously alongside the ground-breaking #COP26 conference in Glasgow, divided into four categories: Transport, Earth & Energy, Marine and Business Support.

Watch our Net Zero Live highlights by clicking the play icon.

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NET ZERO OCTOBER

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce hosted Net Zero October – a month of events dedicated to business and the climate crisis agenda.

This series of events showcased how businesses in the region are changing to meet Net Zero carbon targets, explored what our ambitions were in tackling the climate crisis and helped businesses discover how to make the crucial green changes to your organisation.

Local support and links

Low Carbon Devon

A three-year £2.6 million programme supporting Devon-based organisations to access research, business support, and engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda.

Plymouth Energy Community

Free lighting surveys to businesses, support with solar installation, and energy efficiency advisors.

Devon Climate Emergency

Resources and funding information, advice and insights

OUR GREEN PARTNER

We’re proud to have YGS Landscapes as our Green Partner.

As part of the firm’s sponsorship, YGS are offering all new and renewing Devon & Plymouth Chamber members a ‘Green – Check Up’. To sign up, email info@ygslandscapes.co.uk and quote ‘Chamber Membership’.

Tools and resources

Net Zero - Frequently Asked Questions

The British Chambers of Commerce answers some of the most common-asked questions.

Green Savings Calculator

This Green Savings Calculator from O2 will help you to identify ways to save money and reduce carbon emissions from flexible working.

Get on the Journey to Net Zero

In 2019, the UK made a legally binding pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Read O2’s guide to find out how we can get there.

Watch: Net Zero Events and Webinars

A selection of practical events and webinars from the British Chambers of Commerce to help your business reach its sustainability goals.

Your Essential Zero Carbon Business Tool

A practical, interactive resource which offers practical help to enable you to cut your carbon to benefit your business and the environment.

British Chambers of Commerce - UK Government Support

More details about the resources available for reaching our net zero target, as recommended by the Climate Change Committee.

Zero Carbon Forum Net Zero Roadmap

A useful guide for those in the Brewing and Hospitality Sector on working towards Net Zero.

Electric Vehicle Grants

The Government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV).

South West Energy Hub

Helping public sector and not-for-profit organisations establish green energy projects, reducing the South West's carbon footprint.

FSB Sustainability Hub

Regularly updated with resources, tools and information to help your small business prepare for changes, go green and be more sustainable.

Plymouth City Change Fund

If you're planning a project that furthers Plymouth's response to the climate emergency, you may be eligible for additional funding.

Invest Plymouth - Driving Growth in Britain's Ocean City

Targeted at the business community, this is a great shop window to celebrate success.

News, guides, features

Low Carbon Devon project helping businesses take action on climate change

Bailey Partnership pledges to be carbon-neutral by 2030

The Devon & Plymouth Chamber’s journey to Net Zero

Seven simple steps for businesses to achieve Net Zero

Supporting South West businesses on their journey to Net Zero

How your organisation can become nature-positive

Businesses and governments must unite to hit net zero target

Net Zero Live – starting the journey to carbon net zero

Net Zero and Covid-19 reopening survey

BCC responds to Net Zero announcements

What is COP26 and what does it aim to achieve?

Answering the call for climate change action

Why achieving ‘net zero’ is so important

Net zero and SMEs – how your business can act now

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