Road to COP26 is a driver for real change

There is a vanishing window of opportunity to minimise climate change impacts - impacts that will see more extremes of weather events, such as this summer’s floods and fires across territories all too close to the UK.

These are impacts that we will feel economically in our business communities as well in so many other ways.

We need COP26 to be a real driver for change with governments sincerely signing on the dotted line that they WILL take action, not just participate in pleasant rhetoric for the cameras.

But the business community shouldn’t wait until carbon taxation and stringent social value requirements for public sector contracts make doing business in a net zero transition world a painful thing.

Take advantage now of the fact that here in Lancashire, we have 100 per cent fully funded support, use Chamber Low Carbon and get your SME’s carbon footprint done, and then use that cost-free support to help you put those carbon saving measures in place.

Be an early adopter like Crystal Doors and reduce your operational costs as well as showcasing your firm to green savvy customers. To quote their CEO Richard Hagan: “Our future viability as a business, and as a society, depends on three pillars: people, profit and planet”.

In the build-up to COP26 we will see the nationwide tour of Boris’ COP26 battle bus being used as a UK-wide catalyst to spur action, and in Lancashire it needs to herald our proactive innovators in low carbon - our leading SMEs and early adopters striving for net zero.

The time for talking is over, let’s act.

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