Statement | Business in the Community and its members welcome submission of NI Climate Change Bill

Business in the Community (BITC) and its members have welcomed the submission of a Private Members’ Bill today which sets a target for Northern Ireland to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045

The Climate Change Bill is draft legislation that declares a climate emergency and proposes a series of targets to cut carbon emissions.

Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community said:

“Business in the Community and its members recognise the NI Executive’s commitment to the environment and to the Green Growth Strategy outlined in New Decade, New Approach. We are pleased to see a coalition of cross-party and independent MLAs coming together to put forward the Climate Change Bill submitted to the Speaker’s Office today.

“As we recover from the effects of COVID-19 and aim to build back responsibly, it is incumbent on all of us to invent a new business norm with bold, collaborative and practical measures to tackle the climate crisis.

“Many of our member organisations and businesses across Northern Ireland are already making a public commitment to achieving an ambitious reduction in their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 through the Climate Action Pledge, however this Bill would provide the legislation required to take climate action to the scale necessary to ensure a liveable future.”

Business in the Community leads on the Business Action on Climate campaign which aims to raise awareness of the important role business has to play in countering the climate crisis, and to challenge and support businesses to set and achieve ambitious targets for a reduction in their greenhouse gases emissions through the Climate Action Pledge.

Visit for more information on the campaign and Pledge.