During COP26, I visited the Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow during to discuss their CSR initiatives. This included their transition to renewable energy, plastic reduction, lowering energy consumption at the plant, and developing clean biogas.
It was great to launch our small business roundtables in Glasgow and to visit the world famous Wellpark Brewery to hear of the fantastic investments that they have made in their site to reduce carbon emissions, including switching to fully recyclable packaging, using entirely renewable energy and building an anaerobic digestion plant.
Businesses emissions account for a significant portion of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions, with SMEs making up 99% of the business population. Yet as a recent report from the Federation of Small Businesses has highlighted, many firms do not have the capital or knowledge necessary to make investments in their sustainability.
To tackle this, Labour would invest an additional £28bn a year as part of our Climate Investment Pledge to 2030, to protect Britain from disaster and mobilise businesses and financial institutions behind climate action.