09 Nov
Location
Webinar
Time
9.00am - 10:00am
Price
Free

COP26 for Employers

“COP” stands for the “conference of the parties” and is a mechanism for the UN to bring states together to negotiate climate change. At the last COP in Paris in 2015, leaders made a global commitment to keep well below 2 degrees of global warming.

The UK has made a separate commitment to achieve net zero by 2050. There are huge opportunities in terms of the new technology required to reach this goal and for the UK to establish itself as a world leader. Although, we are currently the fastest decarbonising economy in the world.

Several big businesses have committed to ensuring that we keep below 1.5 degrees of global warming. SMEs play a vital role, as they account for 50% of emissions in the UK.

There are clear financial and ethical incentives for becoming a sustainable business. But there is also a significant opportunity for employee engagement with a demographic that is increasingly concerned with protecting the planet. By making the commitment to become more sustainable, businesses and young workforces share agendas, improving recruitment and retention.

In this session, Kate Evans from our construction, energy and projects team and Rebecca Mahon from our employment team will look at what businesses across the UK are doing to achieve their own net zero targets, how businesses can retrofit energy efficient solutions, how to document your commitment to efficiency and what this means for your workforce.

Who should attend?

  • HR Directors
  • HR personnel
  • Managers

What will be included in the session?

  • What is COP26? A brief background into energy policy in the UK
  • What does COP26 mean for employers, in terms of setting net zero targets and active measures to reduce climate change
  • Benefits of net zero for employers: recruitment and retention – including generational changes and the millennial desire to work somewhere that cares about more than profit
  • The impact on the workforce – retrain, reskills, redevelop
  • Protecting workers health and safety
  • What are other businesses doing? Specifically, what are SME’s doing?
  • The Better Business Act