Severn Trent urges supply chain to go green in government drive to net zero

Friday 28th May 2021

Severn Trent is backing a new government campaign to help small businesses go green, as part of the UK’s drive to net zero.

The UK Government has today (Friday 28 May) launched its ‘Business Climate Leader’ campaign, encouraging small businesses to cut their emissions to net zero by 2050 or sooner.
The water and waste company is playing its part by encouraging its own supply chain to make this pledge, and urging other businesses across the region to do the same.

Small businesses who make a net zero commitment will be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero initiative. It’s a scheme Severn Trent signed up to earlier in the year, building on its own Triple Carbon Pledge of net zero emissions, 100% energy from renewable sources, and a 100% electric fleet by 2030.

Severn Trent CEO Liv Garfield said: “We’re proud to support the government’s ‘Business Climate Leader’ campaign, helping small businesses across the region to reach net zero by 2050 or sooner.

“We’ll be encouraging our own supply chain to do the same, working together in the fight against climate change. We’re already working with them on science-based targets, as we look to help the Midlands region build back greener from the pandemic.”

Last week, the company revealed plans to invest £565m over the next four years to help the environment and improve infrastructure across the Midlands, as well as creating 2,500 new jobs as part of an ambitious Green Recovery programme.

Severn Trent has also been named official nature & carbon neutral supporter of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games - including plans to create 2022 acres of brand-new forest and 72 tiny forests – each representing one of the competing nations and territories.

Small businesses who want to make a difference can register their zero commitment on the government’s new UK Business Climate Hub.