Economy and Environment departments partner on Business Action on Climate campaign

Two government departments – the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department for the Economy – have announced their partnership with responsible business network Business in the Community on its collaborative climate campaign Business Action on Climate.

Two government departments – the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department for the Economy – have announced their partnership with responsible business network Business in the Community on its collaborative climate campaign Business Action on Climate.

The campaign raises awareness of the importance of businesses taking action on the climate crisis and provides helpful guidance, resources, support, and networking opportunities to inform organisations about the practical measures they can take to ensure their operations are sustainable.

Minister Gordon Lyons, Department for the Economy said: ““I am delighted to support the Business Action on Climate campaign alongside Business in the Community, the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, and the campaign climate champion organisations.

“Business, energy and climate are inextricably linked. This campaign offers organisations practical support to take control of their energy use whilst supporting business competitiveness through lowering energy demand and associated bills. Committing to the Climate Action Pledge, driving forward the Green Growth agenda and helping deliver on the commitments of the Northern Ireland Energy strategy – The Path to Net Zero Energy – is vital for the success of business and the economy.”

The campaign’s call-to-action asks businesses to sign the Climate Action Pledge, an ambitious public commitment to cut GHG emissions by 50% or 30% by 2030, ahead of the UK government trajectory to achieve Net Zero by 2050. Signatories must report on progress and results are compiled and reported annually by campaign audit partner Deloitte.

Minister Edwin Poots, Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs said: “I am pleased to announce the Business Action on Climate partnership between DAERA, the Department for the Economy, Business in the Community and the Business in the Community Climate Champion organisations. All partners are working collaboratively towards the common goal of climate action for successful businesses, a strong economy, and for a sustainable planet.

“By signing the Climate Action Pledge and setting and striving to achieve ambitious GHG reduction targets, Northern Ireland business organisations are demonstrating their willingness to collaborate to address this critical issue as part of their efforts to reduce emissions.”

To date, 28 organisations in Northern Ireland have already signed BITC’s Climate Action Pledge.

Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community said: “This campaign gives Northern Ireland organisations the opportunity to be on the right side of history.

“Addressing climate breakdown and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint is integral to ensuring a liveable future and in creating new opportunities for business that generate greater prosperity and wellbeing for all.

“The willingness to partner on this campaign from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and Department for the Economy, as well as NI’s key business member organisations and our Climate Champion organisations demonstrates just how Important it is to act now if we want to deliver a just transition to a resilient, net-zero future where people and nature can thrive. To change everything we need everyone.”

For more information on the Business Action on Climate campaign and the Climate Action Pledge, and to see who has signed the Climate Action Pledge, please visit www.bitcni.org.uk/climate or email environment@bitcni.org.uk.