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Journey to Net Zero D6

Date: 5th August 2021
Location: Online Event - Zoom
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Theme: Sustainability, Operational efficiency

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Build your roadmap to a sustainable future

Journey to Net Zero is a fully funded online programme exclusively for SMEs in Greater Manchester that want to get on the path to net zero emissions, but aren’t sure where to start.
Via group workshops, study material and one-to-one advice, environmental specialists will guide you through what net zero means for your business and how to prioritise action. With expert support, you’ll build a strategic plan to cut your carbon footprint, reduce costs, minimise risk and capitalise on the many opportunities awaiting you in the net zero world.

The Programme consists of 7 dates

Session One

1 July 2021, 09:30 – 11:00

Climate Change, the Global Response and You

  • Net zero and how it relates to climate change
  • Global, national, regional targets and you
  • Risks of doing nothing vs. benefits of action

Session Two

8 July 2021, 09:30 – 12:00

Identifying Your Impacts and Priorities

  • Your environmental impacts
  • Collecting and understanding data
  • Prioritising action for greater impact

Gaining Insight with Carbon Footprinting

  • How to calculate your footprint
  • Using footprints to make decisions
  • Methods and pitfalls of carbon offsetting

 Session Three

15 July 2021, 09:30 – 12:00

Improving Performance through Resource Efficiency

  • How to reduce energy, materials and waste
  • Implementing quick wins
  • Building the business case for investment

Future Proofing your Travel and Transport

  • Future-proofing your fleet and travel
  • Incentives for upgrading vehicles
  • Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Plan

Session Four

22 July 2021, 09:30 – 11:00

Developing an Engaged and Supportive Workforce

  • Embedding a net zero culture
  • How to incentive action
  • Sharing ownership and progress

Session Five

29 July 2021, 09:30 – 12:00

Managing Risk in your Supply Chain

  • How suppliers impact emissions and resilience
  • Embedding net zero into your relationships
  • Effective methods of engagement

Session Six

5 August 2021, 09:30 – 12:00

Writing a Winning Environmental Policy

  • Why you need an effective policy
  • What it should cover
  • How to answer supplier questions

Building a Reputation as a Green Business

  • Benefits of green credentials
  • Avoiding ‘green washing’
  • Options for verifying your achievements

Session 7

19 August 2021, 09:30 – 11:30

Executing your Strategy Successfully

  • Setting and prioritising your targets
  • Short-to-long-term action planning
  • How to build an effective reporting regime


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