Manchester has two existing schemes to support organisations and staff to take action on climate change, Green Growth and Carbon Literacy.
1. Green Growth
The Business Growth Hub offers fully-funded environmental business support to small and medium sized businesses in Greater Manchester.
The Hub’s expert Green Growth advisors can help companies to identify and implement opportunities to transform products, packaging and processes through environmental innovation, improve energy efficiency in day-to-day operations and reduce carbon emissions.
Additional specialist support is available to help companies in the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector to capture opportunities for growth. There is a virtual Low Carbon Network for companies in the sector, which other organisations can use to find local green technology suppliers.
Companies can also sign up for tailored fortnightly Green Intelligence e-bulletins or create their own green action plan by signing up to the Hub’s Green Growth Pledge.
For more information visit www.green-growth.org.uk or call 0161 359 3050
2. Carbon Literacy
Carbon Literacy is a day’s worth of certified climate change learning that encompasses context, relevance and action. Carbon Literacy is defined as:
“An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”
Having a workforce who have undertaken a day’s worth of relevant climate change learning will assist your organisation in reducing its in-house energy and resource consumption (and associated costs), improve its organisational profile, ensure healthier and happier staff, create a healthier working environment, establish a safer supply chain, lower variable costs, enhance competitiveness, and reduce commercial risk.
Your organisation can become accredited as a ‘Carbon Literate Organisation’, which showcases you as committed in supporting your Carbon Literate workforce, and maintaining your organisation’s low carbon culture. Your organisation can then use its Carbon Literate status to better interact with your audiences – whether they are staff, customers, or prospects, neighbours, learners, suppliers or stakeholders.