Mayan Grace, Director of Projects, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce launched the Net Zero Edinburgh project in January, made possible through the support of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
This project aims to assist SMEs in Edinburgh to actively participate in the transition towards a net-zero carbon economy. It focuses on supporting and promoting innovative de-carbonization and circular economy initiatives within the city.
Businesses participating in the project will benefit from a comprehensive range of free support services. These include consultancy support to help calculate their baseline emissions, informative events, workshops, one-on-one and group mentoring sessions and access to toolkits and resources.
Additionally, a cohort of companies will receive tailored assistance in crafting their net-zero plans and reducing their carbon emissions. The Net Zero Edinburgh team has already engaged with over 50 businesses, several of which have expressed interest in joining the cohort. Notable participants include a local brewery, an event management company, and a hospitality venue.
The project was launched with a successful net-zero conference on 31st March. The conference garnered significant interest, with over 100 delegates in attendance. The event explored innovative solutions driving the net-zero agenda and provided insights into new business opportunities.
Attendees had the opportunity to participate in various sessions focusing on innovation, the just transition, and green skills. Keynote speakers included the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who shared his sustainability vision and highlighted ongoing initiatives in Manchester.