“Businesses must redouble their efforts in the fight against climate change.” That’s the message from Ulster Bank’s Gemma Jordan who led the round table discussion on Friday September 25, with a number of business leaders and environmental bodies from across Northern Ireland.
Held to mark the final day of Recycling Week in Northern Ireland, speakers and attendees took the opportunity to share examples of best practice and explore how they can work together to tackle climate change. The session involved attendees from Queen’s University; NI Water; Business in the Community; Belfast Climate Commission as well as independent sustainability advisors and representatives from Ulster Bank.
Ulster Bank has already identified the need to transition to a low carbon economy and is focusing heavily on this as part of the bank’s new purpose-led strategy. It aims to eliminate single-use plastics from all Ulster Bank buildings, reduce the overall paper consumption by 70% and keep waste to 3kg per week through improved recycling systems. Schemes have also been introduced to encourage employees, partners and suppliers to be aware of their operational footprint and to become engaged with the bank’s drive to adopt environmentally friendly activities at work, at home and in their wider communities.
Gemma Jordan, Climate Lead with Ulster Bank, told attendees how important it was to implement a green strategy and how the Covid-19 pandemic threatened to shift the focus away from issues such as sustainability. “Our teams across Ulster Bank were making significant inroads to reducing our organisation’s operational footprint and we were well on our way to meeting our target of becoming climate positive by 2025.
“In many ways, the Coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed the climate emergency during the last 6 months so it’s crucial that we refocus our efforts and recommit ourselves to this pledge. Hearing from other organisations and businesses today has been encouraging for us and we’ve come away with a renewed sense of energy to deliver on our promises to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.”
For more information about Ulster Bank’s commitment to climate action, www.ulsterbank.com/climate