30 Mar 2021

Net Zero: techUK publishes climate action guidance for tech SMEs

New techUK guide outlines key steps in taking action on climate

In 2019, the UK became the first country in the world to set a legal target to be net zero by 2050. Since then, hundreds of companies, many of them in the tech sector, have made public commitments to be carbon neutral, adopt a science-based target, or even be carbon negative.

More recently, Government has outlined its expectation that all of its ICT suppliers adopt a science-based climate target, and that climate action will help companies to secure contracts through its Social Value Framework.

Further, the Race to Zero campaign, a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors, is working to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy. Companies of all sizes are being encouraged to commit to climate action, including SMEs. To make it easier for SMEs to take climate action, the SME Climate Hub hosts the SME Climate Commitment to make it easier for smaller companies to act and join the Race to Zero.

Susanne Baker, Associate Director, Climate, Environment and Sustainability said:

“techUK has joined the Race to Zero and we’d love to see other members joining us in committing to take action to address their carbon emissions. Every commitment and action will make a difference.

“Adopting an ambitious climate target sounds daunting, but with the right tools it need not be. Our guide for techUK members – developed with leading experts within our membership - outlines the case for adopting a carbon commitment, the key steps to take to tackle your carbon emissions and some easy wins you can action today. We also set out trusted resources you can depend on.”

You can read the full report here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting one of our team.

Susanne Baker

Susanne Baker

Associate Director, Climate, Environment and Sustainability , techUK