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SMEs could face significant business disruption and risks, but also opportunities from the net zero transition.

About Business Sustainability
Introduction

The UK economy is legally bound to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2035 from today’s levels. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) also has a regional target of net zero by 2041.

Therefore, business and industry will have to reduce their carbon emissions in line with these targets. How businesses respond to this and the associated opportunities and risks will influence their future survival and profitability.

Why is Business Progress to Net Zero Important?

The world, Coventry and Warwickshire have a problem: increased greenhouse gasses (GHG) are raising global average temperatures, causing increase extreme weather and strain on natural resources, which costs economies billions.

Greenhouse gases trap heat; carbon dioxide is the most prevalent and so is focussed on the most. Human activity is the main cause of this. In our region, GHGs and air pollution cost around £2.5 billion annually. This risks public health, and investment for the region.

This business imperative has caused increased environmental concerns, increased consumer and supplier pressure, and environmental contract stipulations to reach net zero for businesses, meaning they need to adapt. . This presents many opportunities and risks.

Headline Sponsors of the 2021 Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero are:

   

Week 1 - Energy Week Blogs

Maximising Energy Reductions for High Energy Users

Inspired Energy | James Sampson 

 

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero campaign.

The Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero is the Chamber’s first campaign on environmental sustainability, which aims to share best practice, guidance and knowledge to increase business progress to net zero. In 2021, this involves 5 free online webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October along with publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content. The campaign will feature a Sustainability Summit on 3rd November

Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, Arup, Morgan Sindall and the University of Birmingham - all webinars and the Summit are free to attend. 

For energy intensive users who are looking to maximise energy reductions and costs, measuring your existing carbon footprint, and setting a clear, Science Based Target (SBT) is the first step to your decarbonisation journey.

To measure your carbon footprint and help you understand where your business is at, you will firstly need to:
Collect all utilities consumption data
Scope 1 - Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources
Scope 2 – Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heat, and cooling
Scope 3 – Further indirect emissions created by your value chain, such as purchased goods, services, business travel, water usage and waste disposal

This data driven approach to reducing your carbon emissions will allow you to make better informed decisions when it comes to planning the steps towards your SBT. It’s important that whilst striving for Net Zero, your SBT is achievable and realistic but can also be measured against the criteria set within the Paris Agreement.

Actionable insights

The insights gained from the data you collect about your carbon emissions will help you prioritise areas of improvement. How long your business has been focusing on decarbonisation, will determine how much work you still have to do to work towards your SBT.

Wherever your business is creating the most emissions is where you should begin with your prioritisation. Most businesses are now finding that their Scope 3 emissions now represent around 90% of their total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Practical steps to maximising your reductions

Reviewing your businesses options is the first step when it comes to actioning a reduction plan. Knowing the available options as well as what is practical both now and in the future is vital. From educating employees on adopting energy efficient behaviours to installing a waste heat recovery system, the solutions are almost endless.

Your budget is also a crucial factor, as some solutions such as switching to a renewable energy supply, on-site generation or electric vehicle (EV) charging require initial capital investment. Therefore, it’s important to plan how these will be funded as well as the timing on the Return on Investment (ROI). This type of energy reduction strategy will also need to be led by Board-level stakeholders.

Working with an expert utility consultant like Inspired Energy provides you access to decades of industry knowledge and experience, which you can rely on to ensure your business is working towards your Net Zero carbon goals. A utility consultancy can also support your business with implementing its carbon reduction plans and advise on any grants or schemes such as the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) your business can take advantage of to ease the financial burden.

Speak to Inspired today about your energy reduction requirements on 01772 689250 or email James at [email protected].

 

NFU Energy - What's the best renewable technology for your business | John Swain 

 

 

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero campaign.

The Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero is the Chamber’s first campaign on environmental sustainability, which aims to share best practice, guidance and knowledge to increase business progress to net zero. In 2021, this involves 5 free online webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October along with publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content. The campaign will feature a Sustainability Summit on 3rd November

Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, Arup, Morgan Sindall and the University of Birmingham - all webinars and the Summit are free to attend. Interested parties can find out more and register to attend Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero events here, and the Sustainable Business Summit here.

 

Renewable Energy Solutions

Each year Government comes up with new business obligations and incentivisation schemes to encourage us to go green. They target big energy users at the moment, but this could be about to change.

As more installers and manufacturers make the switch, the cost of setting up renewable energy systems at your workplace and home is getting cheaper. And in parallel to that is the sobering fact that energy prices have risen by 212% in the last 12 months and are continuing to climb.

UK emissions targets

To ensure Great Britain hits its carbon emissions reduction targets, large companies of 250 employees or more or with a turnover in excess of +44.1 million are required by law to participate in the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and/or Streamlined Energy Carbon Reporting (SECR). These assessments monitor energy usage to set out energy saving strategies that the businesses must comply with or risk getting fined, and they must be undertaken every 4 years.

NFU Energy helps companies of this size to comply with these obligations, but for SMEs - the Auditing work we carry out (with adjusted costs) can be just as valuable a cost saving measure for your business too. They present you with a baseline for smaller improvements but also help you to look ahead in planning your long-term energy use strategy. It is also worth noting that government is currently considering whether it should widen the participation of the ESOS to include medium sized businesses too.

 

What is a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is a way of accounting for the greenhouse gas emissions of a business, a product or a service through its entire lifecycle. Although we call it a carbon footprint, it also includes the other greenhouse gases of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), that are then presented as a carbon equivalent according to their Global Warming Potential. We collect your energy-use data, carry out a full onsite walk-through and then provide you with a high-level overview of potential efficiency and cost saving improvements. Additionally, recommendations are made where upgrades or changes could be beneficial and financially worthwhile.

What are Renewable Energy Solutions?

Despite an ever-growing share of the UK’s power coming from renewables, we’re still far too dependent on gas to heat our homes and generate electricity – the majority of which is imported.

We are set-up to install renewable systems where the majority of energy will be consumed on-site. However, we can also help assess and develop much larger schemes where exporting power to the grid is the primary objective too.

The service begins with a conversation to check if renewable technology is appropriate for your site. Then a full feasibility study with clear cost savings and timescales is carried out before you make any commitments.

Renewable technologies

Benefits of solar PV

Solar Photovoltaic panels (often referred to as Solar PV or PV) capture the sun’s energy and convert it to electrical power. Solar panels do not need direct sunlight to work, they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.

How does wind energy work?

Over the last few decades a growing wind power sector has begun to make use of the UK’s geography and take advantage of the fact that we are one of the windiest countries in Europe.

British landowners have been harnessing the wind’s energy for centuries. However, generating electricity has only been developed more recently, with the first commercial wind farm built in 1991 in Cornwall.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a device that takes low temperature (low grade heat) and upgrades it to higher temperature (high grade heat). They work essentially by acting like a fridge or freezer but in reverse. With a fridge the inside is cold and the outside is warm, we want the inside of the building to be warm and the outside to be cold. Most heat pumps use a refrigerant which is pumped around a system of pipework from a heat source (air, water, or ground), to the area where heat is required. The low grade heat which is captured, is boosted by a compressor into a higher grade usable heat.

What is anaerobic digestion?

Anaerobic digestion is the process in which organic materials such as food or animal waste are broken down by microorganisms, in an anaerobic (oxygen free) environment – the digestor. This process produces biogas for combustion in a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit or boiler, or can be enriched with propane to produce biomethane (green gas), which can then be fed back into the gas grid with a payment attached to it. The government has laid out plans for the new Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS) and although final details have not yet been announced, it is likely green gas producers will be paid for injecting gas into the gas grid.

For the full guides on these renewables visit our website www.nfuenergy.co.uk

Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about how NFU Energy can help you install renewable energy systems please contact us on [email protected] or 024 7669 6512.

NB NFU Energy earns commission on successfully installed Renewable Energy Solutions based projects, but this is paid by our installer and finance partners and is not added onto the price you pay.

 

 

Northern Gas & Power

SBS21: Food for Thought: Make Life Sustainable

 

 

 

 

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero campaign.

The Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero is the Chamber’s first campaign on environmental sustainability, which aims to share best practice, guidance and knowledge to increase business progress to net zero. In 2021, this involves 5 free online webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October along with publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content. The campaign will feature a Sustainability Summit on 3rd November

Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, Arup, Morgan Sindall and the University of Birmingham - all webinars and the Summit are free to attend. Interested parties can find out more and register to attend Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero events here, and the Sustainable Business Summit here.

 

Food and beverage demand is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.

Manufacturers are under intense pressure to meet ever-growing demand from regulators and consumers – and – will need to nourish a global population that is projected to rise from 7.8 billion in 2020 to 9.7 billion in 2050. With this demand comes a heavy dependence on fossil fuels. Effective energy management is now a business necessity, and all eyes are on industry to address its responsibility for the depletion of fossil fuels and the emission of carbon dioxide in food and beverage plants. The pressure on food and beverage companies to maximise resources has never been greater.

 

Greener and More Sustainable

Shareholders and stakeholders in the supply chain, such as the supermarkets, are putting pressure on food and drink factories to become greener and more sustainable.

The reality is, it is a win-win for all parties. Reducing waste and increasing efficiency helps to lower the bottom line for businesses. In increasing efficiency, companies also boost their environmental credentials. If the food and beverage sector looks at this as an opportunity to increase its value, it can see it is also ideal for people, planet and profit.

Developing energy efficiency strategies is crucial. Energy efficiency initiatives enable industries such as food and beverage to reduce consumption and improve operational output, allowing for a better client experience.

Energy Efficiency

These companies have the opportunity to lead the way in driving energy efficiency. Companies first need to measure where their energy is used. Once you have visibility of what the causes are for energy consumption, whether it is a specific process or a piece of machinery, it is easier to identify what efficiencies can be made for that particular consumption.

Reducing Costs

By way of further example, if 60 per cent of total gas consumption is accredited to one boiler, it makes sense to focus on how that can be made more efficient, either a new, more efficient boiler, a combined heat or power unit, or an alternative to natural gas, such as food waste or the development of hydrogen to truly cut emissions. This also has the added bonus of reducing costs.

Green Credentials

Renewable sources energy conservation is vital for the sustainable development of the food and beverage industry.

Savings could be as little as a few per cent, to over 40 per cent in savings in year one. Such is the plethora of technologies available. Variable speed drives for motors typically have a sub one year payback. However solar PV typically has a payback of around eight years.

Each site is unique, therefore there is no one size fits all solution, neither is there one financing of these solutions.

The food and beverage processing industry has the potential to integrate the use of renewable energy sources to reduce pollution and waste generation, and so reduce overall costs.

Renewable Energy

Producing energy on-site is the best means to reduce costs. Renewable energy such as solar on the roof or the car park is the ideal way to utilise those spaces. Vertical wind turbines are also commercially viable, but produce little energy.

Anaerobic digestion plants are a viable source for power and gas supplies but require a large amount of organic waste to fuel them. Hydrogen production is the next generation that will replace gas fired CHPs, however this market is very much embryonic.

Geothermal power from an abandoned coal mine is the most robust way to extract heat for the long term, however such projects are incredibly costly and take time to develop, but will last more than 50 years.

Greater Profit

It’s clear that thinking of energy as a business-as-usual operating cost is no longer acceptable. An accessible path to greater profit is balancing profitability and sustainability and transforming challenges into opportunities.

The constant quest to decrease costs and increase tight margins, whilst serving a growing population and meeting increasing demands from consumers and regulators, is weighing on the food and beverage industry. The technology to cut energy costs, reduce energy consumption, boost operational performance, and extend equipment longevity exists. It’s just a question of whether or not companies choose to leverage it to improve the sustainability of food production.

Latif Faiyaz, Head of Flexible Purchasing & Energy Strategy at Northern Gas and Power.

 

 

SBS21: Achieving Net Zero for Building Managers with Minimal Intervention – GridEdge

 Tom Anderson, Co-Founder of Grid Edge

 

 

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero campaign.

The Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero is the Chamber’s first campaign on environmental sustainability, which aims to share best practice, guidance and knowledge to increase business progress to net zero. In 2021, this involves 5 free online webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October along with publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content. The campaign will feature a Sustainability Summit on 3rd November

Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, Arup, Morgan Sindall and the University of Birmingham - all webinars and the Summit are free to attend. Interested parties can find out more and register to attend Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero events here, and the Sustainable Business Summit here.

The World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, calls for business, organisations, cities, states and regions to reach net zero carbon in operation for all assets under their direct control by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be net zero carbon in operation by 2050.

By drastically reducing operational carbon from buildings, the Commitment is designed to maximise the chances of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees, and ideally below 1.5 degrees. Since its launch, the businesses and organisations signed up to the Commitment now cover nearly 6,000 assets, over 32 million m2 of total floor area and $100 billion in annual turnover. This will add up to a saving of approximately 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 (tCO2e) in 2030 alone.

Net zero operational carbon by 2030 is an ambitious target, but it’s not unachievable, and while the Commitment isn’t compulsory, building owners do need to bear in mind that government goals – and inevitable legislation – means that operational carbon is not something that can be ignored. Governance aside, there are multiple benefits to be had in reducing building emissions. Lower costs is obviously a major draw, as is greater resilience in the face of resource scarcity concerns – something that’s been highlighted recently by both the pandemic and Brexit.

However, for building managers in charge of existing buildings, where improved energy efficiency depends on retrofitting, the task can seem daunting, not least because of concerns regarding expense at a time when everyone is feeling the economic squeeze. But there are straightforward measures that can be taken that are low cost and require minimal intervention which will see significant carbon savings. Starting with these will get your building firmly on track for net zero.

Lighting

In terms of quick wins, making a few simple tweaks to your building’s lighting can deliver significant returns.
Fit daylight and/or occupancy sensors to lights. Dimming or switching off lighting when there’s no-one in the room can reduce electricity use by 30%.
Transition to LED lighting. LED lights consume 70-90% less energy than a standard incandescent or CFL bulb. Depending on your building, this is something that can be done gradually, without the need for major interference.

Draughts and insulation

Proper insulation is a must for any building to be deemed adequately energy efficient, and it’s something that all building managers should have on their agenda. It can be a big undertaking, though, so in the meantime ensure you at least have these low-cost, low-intervention measures in place.
Openable windows in decent condition can be draught-stripped to reduce heat loss. If a one pence coin can slide between a window and its frame, draught-proofing will be cost effective and improve comfort.
Insulate boilers and pipework properly – an uninsulated valve can leak as much heat as a metre of pipework.
Keep doors closed between heated and unheated areas. Automatic closers are a relatively inexpensive measure that can be installed without fuss.

Heating and ventilation

Ensuring heating, ventilation and air-conditioning processes are running as efficiently as possible can be a challenge for building managers, as these systems are often controlled by building occupants and governed by their comfort levels. However, unlike other components in a ventilation system, air filters are designed to be changed, so choose energy efficient ones. Such filters can be called ‘energy efficient’ because they last longer and are designed for lower average lifetime resistance, which means HVAC units don’t have to work so hard to pull air through the system. You could save up to one tonne of CO2 for each upgrade.

Smart technology

The measures described above focus on hardware changes, but much of a building’s operational carbon output is driven by external factors, such as people and how they use the space. This is almost impossible for a building manager to control, which is where smart technology comes in.

Grid Edge’s Edge2X product, for example, brings together a building’s complete metering, sensor and environmental data, and uses intelligent algorithms to detect inefficient energy performance. A wide range of factors, such as weather and building occupancy, are taken into account to help automate savings and efficiencies, and everything is presented in a smart, easy-to-understand digital platform.

There’s minimal intervention involved, as the platform works in harmony with a range of building management systems, and it can be up and running in just 48 hours. Plus, there re zero upfront costs – Edge2X is provided as software-as-a-service (SaaS) for a fixed monthly fee. The carbon savings can be significant – real estate investment company Hammerson, for example, has reduced energy use by 20% using Edge2X.

Building managers looking to reduce their operational carbon – by 2030 or otherwise – have a wide range of options to consider. Some of the quickest wins, as explored above, come from making simple hardware tweaks. Indeed, all building managers should endeavour to ensure their hardware is as efficient as possible. But smart technology adds an extra layer of efficiency by making sure that hardware is operating as efficiently as possible in harmony with the whole building, and by giving managers clear and actionable data on their operational carbon production. After all, you can’t begin to reduce something unless you know what you’re starting with.

 

 

 

 

Week 2 - Circular Economy Blogs

Business must plan carefully to avoid the impacts of future disruption in the supply of Technology Metals & Critical Materials –

Dr Gavin Harper, Research Fellow, Faraday Institution, University of Birmingham

 

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero campaign.

The Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero is the Chamber’s first campaign on environmental sustainability, which aims to share best practice, guidance and knowledge to increase business progress to net zero. In 2021, this involves 5 free online webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October along with publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content. The campaign will feature a Sustainability Summit on 3rd November

Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, Arup, Morgan Sindall and the University of Birmingham - all webinars and the Summit are free to attend. Interested parties can find out more and register to attend Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero events here, and the Sustainable Business Summit here.



In the past couple of years, we have witnessed all manner of unprecedented challenges to supply chains, that have tested the resilience of firms, big and small across the nation. The timing could not have been worse: There has been a perfect storm at the confluence of the many unprecedented challenges that have resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic - just at the moment that firms were trying to adapt to the many supply chain challenges that were anticipated in the wake of the Brexit referendum.

The frustrations have been compounded as they have been combined with labour market and logistics challenges that have posed wicked problems for firms across diverse sectors from agriculture to the automotive industry.

The effects of this disruption have been inescapable for most businesses. Whether it be the shortage of construction materials, microchips or beer the challenges are widespread and manifold.

These interlinked crises have highlighted the importance of supply chain availability to businesses in every sector. Some challenges are beyond our control, but others can be managed through planning and policy.

Whilst firms are preoccupied with the immediate challenges of the here-and-now, the interruption to the status quo has given managers compelling reasons to carefully consider future challenges that could similarly disrupt their endeavours.

Climate change and the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions is high on the political agenda. With COP26 fast approaching, combined with a summer of the impacts are being felt, and the need for solutions is pressing.

Many of the technologies that will enable decarbonisation are reliant on technology critical metals. To give an example: Rare earth magnets are used in efficient motors and generators. These can be found in applications as diverse as off-shore wind turbines, electric vehicles, efficient pumps and power tools. Lithium-ion batteries are another technology that is similarly ubiquitous and find their way into technology products used in every sphere of business.

It is anticipated that given the enormous global demand, and constraints on supply because of bottlenecks in supply chain development, there could be future challenges with technology critical metals and critical materials availability.

At the University of Birmingham, we foresaw that UK policy around Technology Critical Metals would need to evolve rapidly post-Brexit. Hitherto, our critical materials policy had been considered as part of the larger EU-bloc, however, on leaving the EU, with the inevitable changes to policy, trading relationships  and legislation, it was essential that the UK had leadership in this area. This is essential in order to retain access to the materials that will be key to our future competitive advantage as globally there is a scramble to secure access to these materials.

At the University of Birmingham, we set up the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements & Critical Materials to address some of these challenges, and the Centre has recently delivered a policy commission, chaired by Sir John Beddington “Securing Technology Critical Metals for Britain”.

What are the take-home messages for managers and businesses?

To mitigate the impact of materials criticality on businesses, the following approaches may be helpful:

Reduction: Reducing the need for Critical materials and Technology Critical Metals by redesigning products, businesses and services. There are business model approaches like “dematerialisation” and “product service systems” that can reduce the need for as many physical goods to achieve the same service objective.

Substitution: Substituting critical materials in products for other technologies that employ non critical materials (however, there may be a performance trade off).

Reuse and Recycling: Finding innovative ways to reuse and repurpose existing technologies that contain critical materials and recycling them at the end of their lives. [For example Lithium Ion Batteries] Designing products that use secondary recycled materials may help mitigate against

Business must also anticipate that as this issue is currently being actively considered by policy makers, future regulation in this area may also impact businesses.

 

 

Mondelez International strives to ‘pack light and right’ in the UK:

Kelly Farrell | Corporate and Government Affairs Manager: Community and Sustainability

This blog post has been produced for the Greater Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2021 Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero campaign.

The Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero is the Chamber’s first campaign on environmental sustainability, which aims to share best practice, guidance and knowledge to increase business progress to net zero. In 2021, this involves 5 free online webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October along with publishing thought leadership podcasts, videos and blog content. The campaign will feature a Sustainability Summit on 3rd November

Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, Arup, Morgan Sindall and the University of Birmingham - all webinars and the Summit are free to attend. Interested parties can find out more and register to attend Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero events here, and the Sustainable Business Summit here.

Mondelez International is proud to make much loved treats such as Cadbury, Maynards Bassetts, Belvita and Oreo. We recognise we have a responsibility to make our snacks sustainably and in the right way - and this is at the heart of our purpose – ‘Snacking Made Right’. We want to create a future where people and planet thrive, using less energy, water and waste, with ingredients consumers know and trust.  Our approach to packaging is designed to support our broader sustainability goals, with our carbon emissions in mind. We’re constantly driving innovation for solutions and our ambition is zero net waste packaging, having already removing 65,000 tonnes of packaging globally by the end of 2020 as part of our wider 2025 sustainability commitments.

 

For the UK, our packaging strategy is simple – ‘Pack Light and Right’. This means optimising our packaging - reducing or removing it where we can without compromising performance.  In the UK we’ve removed over 192 tonnes of packaging including:

 

  • Removing all plastic trays and secondary packaging (1.1m pieces) from our Christmas adult selection boxes as of 2020
  • Removing plastic windows from value and inclusion shell Easter Eggs (6.4m pieces) in 2021
  • Removing 108 tonnes of cardboard in our Easter Egg cartons
  • Using 15% less packaging across our large sharing bags, whilst keeping the same amount of treats inside – removing the equivalent of 20 football pitches worth of packaging

 

But how did we start on this journey and what would we share as best practise?

Cross functional collaboration is key.  We created a Sustainability Steering Group across our Northern European business with key decision makers and influencers from RDQ, Procurement, Marketing, Sales, Corporate & Government Affairs and Sustainability to drive this agenda forwards.  

We created a playbook to support our Marketing and RDQ community to identify sustainable packaging reduction opportunities in both new and existing products and provide them with the tools to support them. We undertook training sessions with Marketing and Product Change Management (PCM) teams on how to apply the playbook to inspire innovative ideas and to implement changes in support of our sustainable packaging goals.

Partnering with our customers has been mutually beneficial, supporting their own commitments to reduce their packaging, waste and environmental footprint.  We have partnered with Co-Op, switching our cardboard display units to metal units, removing 252 tonnes of cardboard and outer packaging per year. 

Partnerships with NGO’s like WRAP and becoming members of the UK Plastic Pact also really hold us to account, whilst proving a collaborative platform to drive activities at scale – like the Flexible Plastic Fund. 

We also invite colleagues to share packaging reduction ideas through our colleague led sustainability network ‘GreenBite’.  They are hugely passionate about our sustainability agenda - living and breathing our products every day. Many of our reduction activities have been born out of ideas from our colleagues.  

Like most companies, we’re on a journey as we strive to make progress against our sustainability commitments.  We’re incredibly proud of what we have accomplished but know there is much more to do. We will forge ahead in our distinctive way leading to better, lasting, and quicker results at scale.

Kelly’s experience at Mondelēz International spans over 20 years, beginning at the popular Birmingham based attraction Cadbury World. Following her work alongside cocoa farmers in Ghana, Kelly joined the community affairs team.  She now leads The Cadbury Foundation, including the award-winning “Health for Life” programme which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2021. Kelly represents Mondelēz International as one of the founding members of the recently-launched Flexible Plastic Fund, and was instrumental in the business signing up to the UK Plastic Pact. Kelly is also a sponsor of the internal ‘GreenBite’ colleague-led network focusing on all things sustainability. Having a positive impact on people and planet is something Kelly is incredibly passionate about in both her professional and personal life.

 

 

 

Videos

Energy Week

Video: Learnings from the D2N2 Hydrogen Roadmap for business sustainability, Arup. See here
Video: What does Net Zero mean for SME's? see here. 

The Sustainable Business Series Events

The Sustainable Business Series 2021: Net Zero

The Sustainable Business Series: Net Zero campaign aims to share best practice, guidance and knowledge to improve business know-how and progression to net zero. This will contain member and stakeholder knowledge, best practice and guidance.

The Series will begin in October and cover four key topics businesses should consider when adapting to the net zero transition: Energy, Transport, Circular Economy (Waste & Resources) and Sustainable Business Management

The Series will have a variety of content contained in the themed weeks covering:

  • Blogs
  • Videos
  • Webinars
  • Podcasts
  • A Summit

Join to be part of the business community making progress towards net zero, and capitalise on the business and economic benefits the transition will bring, whilst protecting future generations.

Book Now for 'What does Net Zero mean for SME's?', 30th September 2021, 10.00am - 11.30am

Book Now for 'Sustainable Business Summit', 3rd November 2021, 9.00am - 12.00pm

In addition, you can join us for our 4 topical webinars:

Progressing to a Net Zero Business through Energy

Progressing to a Net Zero Business through the Circular Economy

Progressing to a Net Zero Business through Transport

Progressing to a Net Zero Business through Sustainable Business Management

Policy Briefings

Out ‘Net Zero and the Business Community’ briefing paper details why net zero is important for businesses, the economic and commercial opportunities it presents, and legal and compliance obligations. It also highlights what businesses can start to do to prepare for the transition.

Click here to Download

Guidance and Additional Support

Coventry & Warwickshire Green Business Programme

The Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme supports businesses with fewer than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire who want to save money on energy, waste and water bills and maximise low carbon opportunities.

https://www.coventry.gov.uk/greenbusinessprogramme

West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge

A regional initiative covering any organisation across the 18 local authority areas of the WMCA. Sustainability West Midlands are administering the pledge and supporting organisations progress towards their pledge.

https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/environment-and-energy/west-midlands-net-zero-business-pledge/

SME Climate Hub

A national initiative with a specific focus on SMEs. The hub provides various tools, resources and support to manage your businesses transition to net zero.

https://businessclimatehub.org/uk/

Zero Carbon Business

A partnership between business organisations, energy networks and professional bodies to give small businesses the advice they need to reduce their carbon emissions.

https://www.zerocarbonbusiness.uk/

Expression of Interest

If your business would like to contribute content to The Sustainable Business Series 2021: Net Zero, please register your interest below by contacting William Hargreaves, Environmental Policy Advisor.

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