It’s consistency of policy, being confident in the belief that policy will remain in place for a while, at the same time as ensuring the policy is easily understandable. This is especially important for SMEs. Some businesses have found policies very difficult to comprehend, especially when it comes to understanding where the biggest benefits are. So many changes are both commercially and environmentally sound. By simplifying these, we will get a bigger take up, and faster.
Another big challenge, particularly for smaller business, is that they haven’t fully understood where they get their bang for their buck in this transition. They don’t have the internal skills that large companies have to navigate their way around the opportunities. It’s sometimes difficult for them to work out where the best place to spend their money is in order to deliver the best outcomes – both in terms of carbon reduction and in terms of economic benefit. There are so many changes that we can make that deliver immediate benefit, and this is somewhere the supply chain can help.
This is without a doubt about the emergency we face about climate change and the carbon emissions we’re creating. But it’s also an imperative in terms of commercial resilience. If we don’t deal with the climate emergency, the commercial organisations that exist the way they do now, will become weaker. This is because the costs of operating these businesses will go up, and their ability to operate in certain regions will become less possible. So, it’s about how we can become more consistent in communicating these messages, while improving access to solutions.