The programme, which is designed to help businesses understand and react to their carbon footprint in a considered way, begins on October 21, 2021, with four workshops of three hours taking place each Wednesday. Further programmes will start on January 19, 2022, and May 11, 2022. These workshops are free and can be booked by emailing [email protected]
Of its Carbon Management Programme, Nottingham Trent University says: “We will help you, all the way, to ensure that the carbon reduction target you set can be met by developing an action plan, looking at the processes (including operations and supply chain*) of your business.”
The need for NTU’s Carbon Management Programme has never been more stark. In 2019, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was higher than at any time in at least 2 million years, with that and other greenhouse gases forming a blanket around the planet, causing it to heat up to levels that can be perilous, with one effect being more extreme weather and the damage that entails. If the world works together now, the severity of the consequences can at least be limited.
Also taking this information around the country is the Climate Battle Bus – an electric vehicle touring ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Much like the Carbon Management Programme, its aim is to get businesses to think about their carbon footprint, and in this instance hold workshops and events to bring organisations on board with the United Nations’ Race to Zero initiative.
NTU’s commercial arm have recently launched a new range of funding and practical “Sustainability in Enterprise” services in a bid to accelerate the rate at which Nottingham small businesses go green. As part of the support NTU Sustainability Consultants are working to support local businesses with understanding and reducing carbon emissions, improving environmental performance, reducing costs, and ensuring long-term business sustainability. Business support includes a free baseline carbon footprint calculation complete with carbon reduction recommendations and competitive grant funding of up to £5,000 available to implement carbon reduction measures. This support, alongside NTU’s fully funded Carbon Management Programme workshops should provide the tools to businesses to reduce risk, save on costs and maintain their competitiveness. Spaces on each course are limited to eight SMEs, so be sure to email [email protected] as soon as possible.
Charmaine Morrell, Head of Sustainability at Nottingham Trent University says: “In the run up to COP26, it’s critical for all organisations to look at their carbon footprint and have plans in place to achieve net zero. At NTU we have pledged to achieve Net Zero Carbon emissions across all three carbon scopes by 2040 and we want to support our local community of businesses with the time, funds and expertise to do the same.”
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The Sustainability in Enterprise programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). ERDF helps local areas to stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.