Information for businesses
Roundtable discussions in partnership with Kingston Chamber of Commerce
- Upcoming: 25 May 10-11am - Taking your next green steps
Join the council and Kingston Chamber of Commerce for our next virtual THINK GREEN discussion. Local panellists will cover a variety of topics, including actions that businesses across all sectors could implement to reduce emissions, costs and deal with the financial challenges created by the pandemic while becoming greener.
Book your free place and find out more on Kingston Chamber of Commerce’s website.
- Catch up on our first Green Economy roundtable, hosted in partnership with Kingston Chamber of Commerce in May 2021
- Catch up on our second rountable which focused on business opportunities from decarbonising transport, which took place in September 2021
- Catch up on our third roundtable which focused on businesses becoming Net Zero, which took place in November 2021
- Catch up on our fourth roundtable which focused on businesses in the grocery sector, which took place in February 2022.
Recordings of each event can be found on Kingston Chamber of Commerce's website once available.
Tips and help for businesses
- Help Kingston Adult Education develop green skills for the borough by completing a short survey
- If you’re a business owner, join the UK Business Climate Hub where you’ll be given all the information and tools you need to help reduce your carbon emissions. It includes tools for benchmarking and reducing emissions and the opportunity for SMEs to sign a Climate Commitment
- Plug-in van and truck grants extended as part of government drive to decarbonise transport
- The Better Futures+ programme has been commissioned by the mayor and offers £1000 worth of free business support to help London's businesses drive responsible growth and support them move to Net Zero
- Take a look at the benefits of getting a smart gas and electricity meter for your business
- Take a look at the Workplace Charging Scheme which provides support towards the costs of the purchase and installation of vehicle charging points for businesses
- Take a look at the cargo bikes on offer from Peddle My Wheels - they're great for the environment and the health of your staff too. If your business would like to trial a cargo bike for free, visit the Peddle My Wheels website and use code kingstoncargo when registering your interest.
- Sign up to the council’s Business Newsletter - we’ll be sure to include climate information for businesses in future editions.
Key messages for businesses following COP26
- Clean Technology - The Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda - a plan to coordinate the introduction of clean technologies, including clean electricity and electric vehicles in order to rapidly drive down their cost has been agreed. The four key areas are Power, Road Transport, Steel and Hydrogen
- The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero, which launched in April 2021, announced that it now represents more than $130trn in assets under management. The Alliance now accounts for 40% of the world’s total financial assets. These assets are managed by 450 firms across 45 nations
- Verification of net zero plans: The UK Government is developing a science-based ‘gold-standard' verification scheme for the emissions disclosure plans, to safeguard against greenwashing. This scheme has been drawn up in collaboration with representatives from industries, academia, regulation and civil society
- ‘First Movers Coalition’ - 29 businesses across high-emitting and hard-to-abate sectors including aviation, shipping, trucking and heavy industry, was launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the US’s Envoy for Climate, John Kerry. It will run through to at least 2030 and help to create growing markets for technologies including electric and hydrogen trucks and planes, alternative fuels, and carbon capture
- Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) - 27 new members have joined the Alliance, bringing total membership to 164 nations, cities and regions
- COP26 Product Efficiency Call to Action - The UK Government and the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched a new initiative which aims to double the energy efficiency of air conditioning, refrigeration, industrial motor systems and lighting by 2030. These four activities account for more than 40% of global electricity demand every year
- Adaptation Fund boost - The governments of the UK (£15m), USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Italy, Qatar, Spain, Switzerland, Quebec and Flanders have collectively committed $232m to the Adaptation Fund
- The UN’s Race to Resilience campaign - a new set of metrics to help non-state actors measure their climate resilience and assess the strength of their plans for improvement. The tool will be open to cities, regions, businesses and investors
- Industrial Deep Decarbonisation Initiative (IDDI): The IDDI launched a campaign where member governments, including the UK, commit to the disclosure of embodied carbon of major public construction by no later than 2025, they also pledged to achieve net zero in major public construction steel and concrete by 2050.