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Climate Change Business Accreditation

Meeting: 13/09/2023 - Executive Cabinet (Item 24)

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To receive and consider the report of the Interim Deputy Chief Executive.

Additional documents:

Decision:

To approve the scheme for public release, associated spend and supported documentation.

Minutes:

Councillor Adrian Lowe, Executive Member for Customer, Streetscene and Environment presented the report of the Interim Deputy Chief Executive which provides an overview of the proposed climate change business accreditation scheme, including information on the financial costs and the feedback provided by the Climate Change Working Group. The report also seeks approval of the climate change business and accreditation scheme for publication and execution.

 

Members noted that the formation of a Climate Change Business Accreditation Scheme was an original action from Overview and Scrutiny Task Group. The accreditation scheme, to be titled ‘Chorley Business Pathway to Net-Zero Accreditation’ has been devised to allow all businesses to enter without focus on specific sectors or business size.

 

To ensure the scheme remains competitive and meaningful, only ten accreditations will be awarded per year. These will be awarded by an independent panel of five judges from different sectors and locations of employment. The current proposal for the scheme will allow for annual release and is currently estimated to have a low expenditure cost of ~£2000 per scheme run. The Executive Cabinet welcomed the proposals.

 

Decision:

To approve the scheme for public release, associated spend and supported documentation.

 

Reasons for recommendations:

As an additional method for the Council to support and raise awareness of businesses in the borough who are working above the expectation of their field to support in the mitigation of climate change and thus the council’s overall ambitious goal to be net zero by 2030.

 

Other options considered or rejected:

To reject the scheme as it stands for review and changes.