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Business sustainability

Sustainability means developing the capacity to endure. In the wake of COVID-19, this has never been more important. Find out about the benefits of sustainable business practises and how our sustainability specialists can help you work more efficiently, build resilience and take advantage of net zero and climate change opportunities.

Scotland's leading role in the journey to a low-carbon future

A year from now, the eyes of the world will be on Glasgow as we host COP 26.

Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise at Scottish Enterprise, talks about the challenges and opportunities of the transition to net zero, the need for leadership and action and why Scotland is ideally placed to play a leading role in the global journey towards a greener, more sustainable, low-carbon future.

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What is sustainability? 

Sustainability means 'the capacity to endure'. In the wake of COVID-19, it's never been more important to build business resilience.

The disruption caused by COVID-19 has forced many companies across Scotland to re-evaluate their traditional ways of working in order to adapt to a fast-changing business landscape. Many companies are finding ways to ‘build back better’ in the post- COVID-19 world - by developing new products, exploring new markets, and implementing innovative ways of working.

Practical support to make your business more sustainable

Developing sustainable business practises will minimise the environmental impacts of your business, protect your business from risks and help you build business resilience. 

Our sustainability specialists can provide a tailored plan to help you: 

  • Improve the efficiency of your premises, products or processes
  • Cut costs
  • Investigate renewable energy options
  • Respond to future challenges
  • Take advantage of climate change and net zero opportunities

Find out more about our sustainability support

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5 tips on achieving business sustainability

Climate change is real. It’s happening now and it poses a genuine risk to business continuity for companies across Scotland. But where there's risk there are also opportunities.

Ian Carstairs leads our team of sustainability specialists. He discusses the benefits of sustainable business practises, and shares 5 tips that will help you manage the risks of climate change, build resilience, reduce costs and take advantage of net zero opportunities.

Get guidance on sustainability

Businesses won't survive the shift to net zero carbon if they don’t prepare now for the challenges ahead. There's an abundance of support available to guide you - from measuring your current carbon footprint, to helping you set goals to become a net zero business.

Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise at Scottish Enterprise

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Green recovery toolkit: Sustainability support and funding from our partners

Need some expert advice?

Our specialists are on hand to answer your questions and get you started on your sustainability journey.