Amazon calls on government to offer net zero advice to SMEs 

Clear timelines are needed to help businesses develop and commit to emissions targets faster, according to a report

Retail giant Amazon and sustainability certification firm Planet Mark have teamed up to call on the government to help smaller firms become more sustainable.

The organisations suggest ministers need to look at the creation of a government-backed Net Zero Resource Hub for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them access funding and advice on calculating their emissions.

The call comes as part of a new report published today, “Recommendations for Supporting SMEs on the Road to Net Zero”, which follows the government-commissioned Net Zero Review, reflecting the feedback from the leaders from over 40 SMEs, academics, independent consultants and industry bodies, who joined a series of roundtables recently hosted by Planet Mark and the Amazon Small Business Accelerator in Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester.

The report suggests clear timelines are needed for the development of SME emissions  measurement requirements.

The authors of the report say that businesses would benefit from a clear plan on when SMEs would be required to report a minimum threshold of emissions scope.

Steve Malkin, Chief Executive Officer of Planet Mark, said: “There are nearly six million SMEs in the UK, making up 99% of all businesses. To reach net zero by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5°C, it is critical that small businesses are committed to climate action and taking bold steps to reduce their emissions.”

John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager at Amazon, said: “We remain laser focused on reaching net zero carbon by 2040 across our business, but we also have an opportunity and responsibility to lead by example and encourage partners, such as the small business community – many of who sell on Amazon, or use our products and services – to address the climate crisis and solve the challenges of decarbonising our economy.”

A government spokesperson told ELN: “Our UK Business Climate Hub already provides businesses with a suite of tools for measuring, reducing and reporting on their emissions.

“We are also offering financial support for energy bills, financing schemes and tax incentives for energy efficiency investments.

“Over 3,700 SMEs have already set a net zero target by making the SME Climate Commitment and joining the UN’s Race to Zero campaign.”

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