New partnership to support climate-conscious NI organisations to meet emissions targets

EY joins responsible business network Business in the Community NI as a partner on the collaborative Business Action on Climate campaign.

Professional services organisation EY and responsible business network Business in the Community Northern Ireland (BITC) have announced a new partnership through the network’s Business Action on Climate campaign to support businesses as they seek to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. EY will partner with BITC on the Business Action on Climate campaign, which challenges and supports NI-based organisations to sign the Climate Action Pledge, and set, report on and achieve ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

100 businesses have signed the Climate Action Pledge and are required to report data on their progress annually, with ‘Climate Champion’ businesses including ABP, Danske Bank, Encirc, Lidl, NI Water, SONI and Translink. Through the partnership, BITC will work alongside EY to verify, collate, review, analyse, and present progress and conclusions via an annual report.

Rob Heron, EY Northern Ireland Managing Partner said: “At EY, our purpose is building a better working world and we are committed to making business work for sustainability and making sustainability work for businesses, to conserve and protect our natural world for current and future generations. We are really proud to work alongside BITC as they support businesses across Northern Ireland as they seek to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”

Keelin McCone, Head of Environment, BITC said: “The world is grappling with really pressing environmental challenges and campaigns like this one put businesses in NI at the forefront of action on the climate emergency. We’re proud to have EY join us as part of a driven team of businesses tackling the climate crisis.

“Together with our Climate Champion organisations, the CBI, FSB, IoD and NI Chamber, and with the support of the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs and Department for the Economy we are calling on organisations of all sizes and from all sectors to sign the Climate Action Pledge and commit to reduce their scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30% or 50% by 2023, and to work towards measuring and reporting on scope 3 emissions that are generated via indirect sources, like suppliers in their value chain.”

To find out more about how Business in the Community can support your organisation to take positive action for climate, the environment and biodiversity, visit www.bitcni.org.uk/environment.