Council consulting businesses on climate change response
Eastleigh Borough Council is launching a survey to see how local businesses and employees are engaging with the Climate and Environmental Emergency.
The Council is asking local businesses and other organisations what they are doing to tackle climate change, what they might do in the near future and how the Council can support them.
The consultation will help the Council to engage with local businesses on this important issue and better understand what support is going to be most effective in driving green changes in the local economy.
Eastleigh Borough Council has recently declared a Climate and Environmental Emergency, setting out targets to be carbon neutral by 2025 and to support communities and businesses across the Borough to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Climate change poses specific risks to businesses and other organisations, including rising insurance premiums, supply chain disruption and economic instability.
At the same time transitioning to greener technologies and more sustainable business practices has many benefits - from reducing unnecessary waste to improving customer relationships.
There has already been a strong response to a similar survey aimed at residents and the Council hopes the response from businesses will be equally as insightful. Of those in employment, over 90% of residents said they are either already engaging with their employer on environmental matters, or would like support from the Council to do so.
Local businesses can reduce their carbon footprint and make their operations more environmental friendly in a number of ways - from sourcing materials sustainably to supporting employees to use less polluting ways of getting to work.
The Council will also be hosting two business workshops at the free Big Sustainability Expo at the Ageas Hilton on the 8 October.
If you’d like to take part in the business survey, the Council is taking responses until 30 September.