Danske Bank is working with Business in the Community on a new campaign - Business Action on Climate - that challenges organisations in Northern Ireland to set ambitious reduction targets for their greenhouse gas emissions.
A cornerstone of the campaign, the Climate Action Pledge, invites signatories to commit to cut their greenhouse gases emissions by 50% or 30% by 2030, ahead of the UK government trajectory to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Danske Bank has worked alongside ABP Food Group, ENCIRC, NI Water, Power NI, SONI and Translink to champion the campaign and help set up and agree the terms of the Pledge.
Kevin Kingston, Chief Executive of Danske Bank, said:
“Climate change is of increasing importance to society, communities, our customers and the financial services sector, which has an important role to play in supporting the transition towards a zero carbon economy.
“It is time for NI businesses to take action and to work together to address the climate crisis. At Danske Bank we are passionate about our responsibility to our colleagues, customers, partners and wider society. We have put sustainability and climate change at the top of our responsibility agenda and we are serious about playing our part. We welcome this new initiative from Business in the Community and strongly encourage businesses to get involved.”
To support signatories to achieve their targets, Business in the Community will provide a range of guidance and support, share best practice examples from other organisations, provide opportunities to network and collaborate, and develop links to local carbon offsetting initiatives.
Kieran Harding, Managing Director, BITC, said: “We’ve had warnings about the very real threat of the climate breakdown for decades, but the COVID-19 crisis has shown that, even in a world stopped in its tracks, our GHG emissions have not decreased enough to meet the Paris Agreement and limit global temperature rise under 1.5°C.
“As we invent a new business norm, bolder, collaborative, and practical action is not only necessary, it’s urgent.
“Addressing climate breakdown and reducing our GHG footprint is integral for business, to enable us to build back better after COVID-19 for the benefit of business, our communities and the economy. Not only that, it’s necessary to ensure a liveable future and to create new opportunities that generate greater prosperity and wellbeing for all.
“There’s no time to waste - now is the time for business to collaborate and take action on the climate crisis, and the responsible business network can help.”
For more information visit bitcni.org.uk