SMEs and Net Zero: how to get there (from here)

Blundel, Richard (2023). SMEs and Net Zero: how to get there (from here). Entrepreneurship Policy and Practice Insights Vol.1 (3). Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.



Reducing the carbon emissions that result from the everyday activities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both in the UK and internationally, is something we need to address urgently as a society. There is a strong case for focusing more attention on smaller firms: they’re a bigger part of the problem than many people think but could play a decisive role in delivering solutions and embedding lower carbon practices. The central section of the paper provides some background to the issues and highlights a number of important challenges for researchers and policymakers. It is easy to get disheartened when you are working on climate-related issues, so a few concluding examples of initiatives point a way forward.

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