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SIEC: Net zero support for Stirling small and medium-sized businesses

Join Zero Waste Scotland and Scotland’s International Environment Centre (part of the University of Stirling) in a two-part webinar series designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools to develop a carbon reduction plan for your business.

The series is backed by the Scottish Business Climate Collaboration with the two workshops being guided by the free resources available on the all-new SBCC Climate Action Hub with one-to-one sustainability support along the way.

You are encouraged to sign up for two consecutive workshops.

Workshop 1 Tue 24th October 10:00-11:00.

The online webinar will provide a concise overview of the Climate Action Hub and a focus on how planet and profit can go hand in hand to reach Net Zero. Zero Waste Scotland will set the scene, showcasing the Hub and outlining the business reasons to engage in the learning material.
To embed the learning businesses will be asked to complete topics 1 and 2 (Modules 1 – 6).

Workshop 2 Tue 28th November 10:00-11:00.
This online webinar will help you to consolidate your learning, with a session on Carbon Footprinting and Developing a Carbon Reduction Plan.
The good news is that the Climate Action Hub is intuitive to use. Better still, to develop a Carbon Reduction Plan, you need not become a carbon expert.

Who should attend?
Entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and employees who want to not only to fully understand net zero, but how to get ahead of the curve and prepare net zero plans. A small investment of time will reward you with a solid foundation of understanding about the climate crisis. By the end of the event, you will have a clear understanding of the about the climate crisis, net zero, the carbon river and how you can reduce your impact in your operations and both upstream and downstream from your own business.
Adopting a carbon reduction hierarchy to avoid, reduce and replace, then compensate for any remaining emissions is now a vital part of business planning.

Developing a net zero plan has multiple benefits including:
• Giving you a competitive edge to secure and retain contracts given the mounting pressure to work with suppliers with a net zero strategy.
• Attracting new customers, with a third of consumers actively seek out brands with sustainable and ethical credentials.
• Allowing you to access future funding.

One-to-one support for Stirling businesses
If you have operations in Stirling please visit Net zero support for business and email SIEC@stir.ac.uk to note your interest.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Scotland’s International Environment Centre has been commissioned by Stirling Council to support and facilitate net zero business training across Stirling. The Environment Centre is working in partnership with the Scottish Business Climate Collaboration to deliver this FREE net zero training. This partnership project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and managed by Stirling Council.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal
The UK Government and Scottish Government are investing up to £90.2 million into the city region over the next 10 years. Alongside this joint Government investment, regional partners, including Stirling Council, Clackmannanshire Council, The University of Stirling, and Forth Valley College, will invest up to £123.8 million, resulting in a Deal worth in excess of £214 million.

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