7 Steps to Sustainability

In this section, you can explore the seven steps to sustainability that businesses can take to work towards a more sustainable future. By following these steps, businesses can make a significant impact on the environment and society while also benefiting their bottom line.

Implementing sustainable practices can seem like a daunting task, but breaking it down into manageable steps can make it more achievable.

You don’t have to do these steps in order. There are actions you could decide to take today.

1. Understand the basics

Find out everything you need to know about what net zero means and why it matters.

2. Involve your team

Get staff positively engaged and bring in external support to reinforce your plan.

3. Make the SME Climate Commitment 

Make a commitment to climate action, access tools to reduce emissions, and disclose your progress.

4. Make a plan

Measure your current carbon emissions from direct fuel consumption and electricity use.

5. Take action

Take steps to reduce your emissions by theme or by sector.

6. Find finance and support

Find sources of funding and support on green loans, grants and other incentives.

7. Look beyond your business 

Get product certifications and labels, build a green supply chain, reduce business travel and more actions to reduce emissions

Take part in the UK Net Zero Business Census
Take part in the UK Net Zero Business Census