WHAT Associates were one of the expert panellists at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Net Zero Conference on 25th May at Wherstead Park, Ipswich which attracted over 200 business representatives to an in depth focus on how ‘25 by 25’ can be achieved.
The conference showcased the breadth of activity being led by businesses around net zero. Exhibitors showed off everything from cargo bikes to electric vans; solar panels to circular economy workwear.
John Dugmore, Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce says:
“Suffolk’s small businesses are leading the way. They recognise that working towards net zero is now a ‘must do’ rather than a ‘nice to do’. As a result, businesses are looking for advice and support to help them work towards net zero. Suffolk Chamber is very pleased to work in partnership with the Carbon Charter to deliver some of that advice and support through the ’25 by 25’ campaign”.
The 25 by 25 campaign and business support has been funded by Suffolk’s Public Sector Leaders as part of Suffolk’s wider ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Emissions from industrial and commercial sectors are a key focus of the Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan; a strategy agreed by all Suffolk’s local authorities to drive the county towards net zero.
Cllr Richard Rout, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance & Environment at Suffolk County Council, echoes the importance of supporting businesses on their journey to net zero:
“All business owners are facing the same pressures – we know that they are thinking about the environmental impact of their operations, but we understand that it is considered an intimidating prospect and one that’s hard to navigate alone. That is why the 25 by 25 campaign and subsidised support is needed, to help make net zero an achievable ambition.”
Any businesses wishing to learn more about lowering their carbon footprint or would like to find out more about the 25 by 25 campaign and support, can visit carboncharter.org