The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) launched the West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge on 17 March during a roundtable of key regional businesses. SWM have been working with the WMCA to develop the pledge over the last six months, working collaboratively with SWM members including Severn Trent, Wylde Connections, Coventry Council, Solihull Council and the University of Birmingham. Make UK, the FSB, the Chambers and BT have also contributed to the development of the pledge. The West Midlands aims to lead the green revolution and become a net zero carbon economy by 2041. The region’s businesses have a key role to play in making that happen. The pledge encourages companies and other organisations commit to reducing their carbon emissions, whilst providing them with practical support and guidance on how to achieve those targets. Commitment to the pledge will help you:
- Reduce your environmental impact and save costs
- Position your business as a leader in the net zero carbon economy
- Prepare your business for climate change impacts
Severn Trent Water CEO Liv Garfield, said: “We’re proud to support the WMCA’s ambitious net zero business pledge, which builds on the environmental commitments we’ve already made. These plans include reaching net zero carbon emissions, using 100% renewable energy and having a fleet of vehicles that are entirely electric by 2030. We look forward to playing our part in this green recovery alongside other like-minded businesses across the region.” SWM will administer the pledge going forwards and will work with organisations to provide support in acheiveing their pledge. We will direct businesses to the support available on their journey to net zero, including advice and grants, and will provide an annual review of progress. You can make your pledge here.