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Be environmentally responsible, responding proactively to the Climate Emergency.

The quality of the environment and wider planetary health needs to be consistent and sustainable in order for business operations and people’s health and wellbeing to be consistent and sustainable.

The challenges of operating a business are increasingly complex.  Not least because of rapidly changing environmental conditions due to climate change.  This poses a risk to business operations and to the future stability of society.


We can take action, both to reduce our impact on the environment, to adapt to the predicted changes and to prepare for emergencies. Employees, customers and investors are increasingly considering environmental credentials in their decisions.

65% of people want to work for an organisation with a powerful social conscience

61% businesses envisage new opportunities from a more sustainable economy

60% of employees want to work in environmentally responsible businesses

What you can do

Have, and implement, a policy on minimising environmental impact through the business that includes action on climate. 

Map the businesses' environmental vulnerabilities and integrate adaptation into decision making.

Calculate carbon emissions and report them year on year.

Reduce the environmental impact of transport by joining the Plymotion in your Workplace programme.

Reduce the impact of buildings.

How we'll support businesses

Plymouth Emergency Climate Action Plan was launched in March 2019 with a pledge to make Plymouth Carbon Neutral by 2030. 


Large employers across the city formed the Plymouth Net Zero Partnership to drive necessary action with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. 

Environmental Policies, Guides and Toolkits

Environmental Business Support |

Plymouth City Council

Measure your progress

  • Develop environmental action plans, identify priorities and incorporate action across the business.

  • Savings in CO2 emissions on contract not from transport (specify how these are to be achieved). 

  • Car miles saved on the project (e.g. cycle to work programmes, public transport or carpooling programmes, etc.) 

  • Number of low or no emission staff vehicles included on project.

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