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10 Aug 2021
Just 11% of UK businesses are measuring their carbon footprint, according to the findings of a survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
The research also showed only 13% of businesses have set targets to reduce their emissions – down from 21% when firms were surveyed before the pandemic in February 2020.
The findings also show that 22% of businesses don't fully understand the term 'net zero,' and almost a third have yet to seek advice or information to help them develop a net zero roadmap or improve their environmental sustainability.
Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the BCC, said: 'This research is a real eye-opener and shows just how big a challenge the UK's net zero target is. The dual impacts of the pandemic and Brexit have been a huge body blow to many businesses, so it's unsurprising that targeting emissions has taken a back seat.
'But change has to come, and our Net Zero Hub makes clear that the earlier firms adapt then the greater the advantages will be - they cannot afford to get left behind.
'The climate challenge is one that affects every single one of us and business has a big part to play in tackling it. But the government must also recognise that smaller firms will need access to grants, subsidies and other financial support to help them take effective steps on the journey to a greener future.'