SSDC launches business survey to help address the climate and ecological emergency
South Somerset District Council is asking local businesses to take part in a short survey designed to help us understand how we can best support them as we work together to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.
The council is interested in hearing from all businesses whatever stage they are at in terms of taking environmental action as understanding the barriers and challenges that business owners face is vitally important.
To complete the Green Business Survey, visit our consultation hub on the South Somerset District Council website here. The survey closes at midnight on Friday 5 November.
Since declaring a Climate and Ecological emergency in 2019, SSDC has been working together with stakeholder groups to identify interventions that will help to achieve a significant reduction in our carbon emissions across the district. Our South Somerset Environment Strategy aims to make SSDC a leading Council in developing and adopting a Green Agenda to promote sustainable environment, economy and communities. The strategy sets out our commitment to achieve a significant reduction in SSDC’s carbon emissions and aspiration to be carbon neutral by 2030. You can read the strategy here.
The survey is simple and focuses on the five key themes within SSDC’s Environment Strategy; carbon emissions, energy efficiency, travel and transport, biodiversity and sustainable waste and recycling practices.
Councillor Sarah Dyke, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “South Somerset District Council is committed to supporting our local businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. We know many businesses across the district are already working hard to reduce their carbon emissions, but we also know others face barriers and challenges or want to learn more. It is really important that we get a clear understanding in order to advise and support where needed, and of course share best practice. I would strongly urge business owners to fill in this short survey, as it will enable the Council to tailor its support accordingly.”
There is a wealth of practical advice available to improve your carbon footprint:
Businesses of all sizes across South Somerset and around the UK are committing to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet. If you would like to learn more about how to improve your carbon footprint, here are some useful links:
- Somerset County Council’s Carbon Audit Toolkit for Businesses;
- The Government’s SME Climate Hub ‘Together for our Planet Business Campaign’;
- Green Business Friendly Guide, easy steps for retail sector businesses to act upon.
We encourage South Somerset businesses from all sectors and varying stages of reducing their carbon footprint to take part in our survey addressing the climate emergency. To take the survey please visit our consultation and survey hub on the South Somerset District Council website here.