Green GB Week is Britain’s first week dedicated to events and information raising awareness about clean growth, climate change, and what we can do about it.
Starting on Monday 15th October, this week will show how Great Britain has reduced their carbon production faster than any other industrialised nation. The government is also planning to release additional information on the forthcoming £60 million Technical Assistance Programme aimed at helping developing countries curb their emissions as well.
Why was the Green GB week set up?
The Green GB week is a key part of Great Britain’s continued role as global leader in tackling climate change. Following the signature of the Paris Accords and the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act of 2008, there will be a discussion with individuals, businesses, and organisations about how they will continue to take part in vital activities to curb global warming. These groups will benefit from the roll-out of programmes and the educational information released during the Green GB week.
As seen from the University of Bristol’s schedule of activities, key items to address are the international financing of green projects, how business owners can profit from green growth, and how local communities can continue to play their part.
What are my local Green GB Week activities?
As SME Business owners, private citizens, or members of other organisations, there are many resources detailing Green GB week activities.
Right now, Eventbrite is the best location to find events happening near you. Some notable exceptions are below, although keep checking the website for the most up to date information.
- Leeds: Unfrozen showing, a documentary about researchers living in the shrinking arctic ice cap.
- London: Smart sustainable cities, a paid registration event describing how cities can use technology to increase their sustainability.
- Essex: The hot debate 2 – A carbon neutral UK by 2050,a round table discussion of climate change policies open to the public.
How is the UK doing on the Climate Change Act?
As described in the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Climate Change Act produced significant results in the first ten years. The UK’s emissions are below the goal for carbon budget 2 and 40% below the 1990 levels. However, this requires more work as we focus on the long-term goal of continuing to decrease emissions of all the Kyoto gases, the 6 greenhouse gas emissions regulated by the Kyoto accords, to 80% of 1990 levels.
How does this affect my business?
For small and medium businesses, the continued focus on green energy provides opportunity. Renewable energy is more affordable than ever, and the government continues to offer incentives for businesses that use renewable energy and reduce costs through more efficient equipment (See the Carbon Trust Initiative).
As a small or medium enterprise in Great Britain, you are in a unique position to contribute to the continued work for a cleaner world. If you intend to participate in Green GB Week, consider what your business can do to help the environment, both to help your bottom line, and to preserve the world for future generations.