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Businesses of all sizes around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.
The UK government has partnered with business owners and respected climate groups to help you join them today.


How could your business make a difference?

No matter how small your business, what industry or part of the UK you’re in, your commitment could make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and to your running costs! Even the smallest businesses produce carbon emissions – it could be through your building, your vehicles or your suppliers. We’re asking you to take the first step on your journey, by committing to cutting those carbon emissions in half by 2030 and to reach ‘net zero’ by 2050. Net zero means that you are putting no more carbon into the atmosphere than you are taking out of it.


What happens when you make the commitment?

When you take the first step by making a commitment, we’ll get in touch with tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you’re doing with your customers and community. And in the following months we’ll keep you up to date with ideas, support and incentives to help you meet your commitment.


Become one of the thousands of small business climate leaders across the UK and commit today!


Top reasons to join us:

Grow your business

It can be hard to think as far as 2030 when we’re all building back from coronavirus. But cutting emissions can save your business money and give you a competitive advantage today. By joining us, you can display our logo, attracting the growing number of customers for whom climate change really matters.

Future-proof your business

The UK is changing. For example, by 2030 you won’t be able to buy new petrol and diesel cars and vans in the UK, while zero-emission vehicles could support 40,000 jobs. By joining you will be sent regular updates so you can stay on top of these changes and make sure your business is ready.

Be part of the solution

We all want to create a better planet, but it can be hard to know where to start. Through this UN-backed commitment process, you’re joining an international community of thousands of like-minded businesses. As part of this, you will get regular newsletters and information from government to support you through your journey.

This commitment is for small businesses in the UK. Small businesses from outside the UK can also make the commitment on the main page of the SME Climate Hub. Bigger businesses in the UK and from around the world can also do their part at Race to Zero.

Steps you can take to cut your emissions

Going greener might look different for every business, but there are steps you can take whether you’re just starting out or further along the road to zero emissions.

Start off by educating yourself on why sustainability is good for business, how to start your journey and where to use sustainability measures to engage employees and customers, with a free Google Digital Garage training session.

Below are some further concrete ideas to get you started in your business.

Plus, if you work in a sector like manufacturing, retail or tech, you can get more specific tips designed with industry experts – just select your sector from the drop down below.

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Find local businesses who have already committed

Congratulations to the hundreds of businesses from all over the UK who have already made the climate commitment. Check out a selection below – who has signed up in your area? Want your business to feature on this map? Get started.

Scotland-based pioneer Solariskit has invented the world’s first flat-packable solar water heater, but his small business are also looking at ways to reduce their own emissions. CEO Dr Faisal Ghani has started local deliveries by bicycle for emissions-free delivery in Dundee, where our solar collectors are manufactured. Staff empowerment to make positive changes is a priority, including encouragement to walk and cycle to work, which Faisal says translates as a healthier, happier team.

Solariskit, Dundee

Habbio blends British quality with innovative design, making the world’s most sustainable furniture using at least 85% recycled materials and no toxic chemicals. It is also 100% recyclable which Habbio does for free for its customers, and delivered from Derbyshire in a box to minimise carbon footprint. Its modular design allows for a changeable layout and removable covers extend the useful life with a refreshed look over time. All waste is put into circular partnerships to create new materials.

Habbio, Long Eaton

Microbusiness Alpaca Coffee takes an end-to-end approach to sustainability – from ethical sourcing to roasting their specialty coffee with biofuel, made from locally sourced, leftover coffee grounds in the UK. Everything – from shipping boxes to coffee pouches to tape – is 100% plastic-free and compostable. Alpaca Coffee also offsets their emissions as part of the One Tree Planted initiatives.”

Alpaca Coffee, Plymouth

Since 2013, Frog Bikes has been designing innovate lightweight children’s bicycles which are now manufactured in their first UK factory in Pontypool, reducing transport emissions. Bikes are equipped with pedals made from rice husk composite, using 50% less plastic. Parts are designed to be easily sourced and changed using standard sizing. To reduce waste, Frog Bikes offer paint plasters for touch ups and have reduced down to one single set of multi-purpose tyres.

Frog Bikes, Pontypool

Keri Andriana leads a small team of eight making affordable luxury handbags in Bristol. Amschela have switched to recyclable and biodegradable packaging made from FSC 300gsm recycled board. They use a natural cotton dust bag for handbags. Consumers have the option to plant a tree or remove one piece of plastic with each sale as part of a Forestry Commission initiative. Amschela’s next step to integrate food waste materials into the design of their new fully vegan handbag line.

Amschela, Bristol

This is a crucial time in our global fight against climate change and we encourage all business owners to factor sustainability into their choices. A great place to start is packaging. Reduce the need for new materials and switch to reusable, recyclable or compostable options and look at offsetting your shipping. We hope to pave the way for more emerging conscious brands and inspire others to think in a more sustainable way.

Natalie Glaze and Zanna Van Dijk, Co-founders of Stay Wild

At Healthy Nibbles we are committed to continuous improvement with sustainability being a key part of what we do. We are proud of our achievements as a small business. However, we are equally aware that it is only through collaboration, improvements at scale and encouraging others to join the net zero journey that true difference will be made.

Sarah Roberts, Founder and CEO of Healthy Nibbles

We believe in progression and ensuring that we are doing everything we can to meet the highest standards possible. We hope to inspire and drive change through example. Never see environmental initiatives as a burden and instead see how they can benefit company morale. Even a small switch is a win for your conscience and the planet.

Susie Ma, Founder and CEO of Tropic Skincare

Being part of the push towards net zero provides a greater sense of purpose and accountability. That’s why we’ve pledged to be net zero by 2025. We couldn’t offer energy efficiency advice if we weren’t putting those measures in place ourselves. This helps us be firmer in our decisions and that we show integrity, we do the right things.

Garry Shaw, Managing Director of SURE Solutions