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.

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Abstract

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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