Spring is a great time to look forward to with renewed enthusiasm. 2017 is already shaping up to be an exciting time for the Camden Climate Change Alliance as the membership continues to grow and the borough’s carbon emissions continue to reduce.
We know that more and more companies are seriously committing to reducing their carbon emissions to meet science-based climate change targets. Pioneering businesses are showing how it is possible to act on climate change in a way that makes good economic sense. For instance, I was fortunate to visit such Camden businesses and Alliance members at the end of February. Visiting Beck Greener, the Wellcome Trust and The Wesley Hotel offered me great insight into the fantastic work being done locally. Working with the Alliance has given them the tools and knowledge to enable them to enact change, from identifying opportunities to reduce waste to supporting them to take the next steps along their sustainability path. I’d like to thank them for their time and congratulate them for their hard work.
To recognise the achievements of Alliance members and other businesses in the borough, I’d like to invite you to our annual event – Celebrating Sustainable Business in Camden – Leading the Way – which is taking place on the evening of 25 April at The Francis Crick Institute in Kings Cross.
The event will bring together the Camden’s Business Sustainability Awards, with the launch of the Alliance’s annual report and presentation of its ‘Marks of Achievement’ certification scheme. You will have the opportunity to listen to Léonie Cooper – Chair of the London Assembly’s Environment Committee and Matthew Bell – Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change, sharing their views regarding the borough’s environmental challenges.
Applications to the Camden Business Sustainability Awards are now open to all businesses and organisations in the borough. It is an opportunity to share your achievements in the area of environmental sustainability and help to inspire and encourage other businesses in the borough. There are eight categories to choose from including energy, waste and water management, air quality, biodiversity, employee engagement, green procurement and community project. If you are thinking about applying for any of the awards categories, you could express an interest and receive help from Alliance colleagues in your application process. To find out more and to enter, visit Camden Business Sustainability Awards. The application period closes at midnight on Friday 7 April.
The Alliance continues to adapt and evolve. While it remains a free, not-for-profit membership network, it has developed a number of specialised consultancy services that are offered to members. These include waste and energy audits, carbon footprinting, energy and environmental management systems and specialised training and workshops based on businesses’ specific needs. This has enabled the Alliance to continue to deliver the benefits of the free membership, including the shared reporting, its Mark of Achievements credential and its free initial environmental assessment, where quick wins are identified for businesses to improve their environmental performance and save money.
I would like to congratulate all businesses and organisations in the borough that have worked hard over recent years to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to our climate change agenda. At the same time, I would like to call on all those businesses that are not yet members of the Alliance to come forward and join this forward-looking network.
Cllr Meric Apak
Labour Councillor for Kentish Town ward
Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Environment