Article summary: In the wake of COP 26, PETA has taken a positive step forward and signed up for the Government-backed SME Climate Hub, a global network of like-minded businesses looking to improve themselves, their community and the planet.
We know that we must halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by no later than 2050 to avoid the worst effects of climate change and the SME Climate Hub has been created to help and support businesses in doing this.
The Hub provides an easy path for companies to make a climate commitment and then access useful tools and resources to make the changes needed. These tools and resources provide support in measuring your emissions, developing your climate strategy, reducing your own emissions as well as those in your value chain, and offer guidance on complementary offset projects.
Opting into this network offers significant collaborative and commercial opportunities to grow your business and be a leading brand, as market trends shift to a low-carbon economy. The initiative was founded by the International Chamber of Commerce, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the We Mean Business coalition and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign.
PETA’s aim is to simply do all we can to support the agenda for climate change. As an ISO 14001 registered company, we are continually exploring what we can do with our operational business model to minimise the impact on the environment.
ISO 14001 certification is an international standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organisations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and earning the trust of stakeholders.
It is a requirement of the ISO 14001 certification to monitor and review all we are doing in this area. We have made several significant changes in recent years to reduce our carbon footprint, the most significant being installing solar panels at our Portsmouth Centre four years ago.
We are enjoying the positive benefits of this which are that we are now self-sufficient energy-wise and we are also able to sell the energy we do not use back to the electricity board, which generates extra income for us too.
Other measures we have taken include moving to LED lighting across both sites, which is much more energy efficient. We have reduced the amount of staff travel by enabling and encouraging the use of technology for virtual meetings and training delivery, which has proved extremely successful.
We have also reduced our printing significantly within our offices and encourage paperless practice where feasible. We recycle all the paper used and also have bins to collect other common types of recycling around the office such as cardboard, plastic bottles and metal cans and tins.
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