A new scientific toolkit has been launched by Edinburgh Science to help organisations meet the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
The NetZero Toolkit was born out of discussions at Climate Opportunity Ideas Factory – a series roundtable meetings for cross sectoral leaders – and has eight steps to help companies and businesses keep their carbon emissions as low as possible.
Edinburgh Science is an educational charity known for its annual Science Festival in the city starting this year on June 26.
Ambitious targets are also currently being set by the United Nations who have pledged to be at net zero by 2050.
The UK Government has also claimed they are working to a 78% reduction in carbon emissions by 2035, and the Scottish Government has said they will achieve net zero by 2045.
Nigel Topping, UK Government as the High Level Climate Action Champion for UN climate talks, COP26 said: “It’s great to see the launch of this toolkit to support SMEs in taking climate action.
“We need businesses of all sizes learning how they can decarbonise, setting credible targets for their businesses and taking immediate action to implement those plans.”
The Toolkit can be used by a business of any size – from individual micro-businesses to multinationals.
But is specifically aimed at small- to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) which make up more than 90% of UK business and employ around two thirds of the UK workforce.
The idea for the Toolkit was the brain child of Baillie Gifford who commissioned Edinburgh Science to develop it through collaboration between business leaders, policy makers and scientists.
Simon Gage, CEO of Edinburgh Science said: “After years of programming for the planet, it is time that we, at Edinburgh Science, focus on direct action as well as raising public awareness about our climate emergency.
“We must all act now and with the utmost urgency, the planet can’t wait any longer.
“We are delighted to use our convening power to bring together diverse leaders to come up with innovative ideas, like this toolkit.
“We will share this toolkit for free with all organisations and aim to drive down Carbon emissions in advance of COP26 and beyond as a result.”
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