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There is wide consensus that climate change poses one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century.
The European Union has set a target of limiting the global temperature rise to 2°C [3.6 °F] compared to pre-industrial levels, of which 0.8 °C has already taken place and another 0.5 °C is already committed. Although the UK alone cannot solve climate change related problems, it is imperative that UK shows leadership to take swift action to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
Mitigating the effects of climate change revolves around reducing greenhouse gas emissions which will be primarily achieved through making more efficient use of resources, reducing demand for emissions-intensive goods and services, increasing use and development of low-carbon technologies, and reducing non-fossil fuel emissions.
Please see also links to other regional and national organisations who provide advice on climate change mitigation:
Envirowise - in the South West
- free confidential advice on waste minimisation, cleaner technology, clean design (of products), best practice, compliance and pollution prevention. Can also be accessed via the Envirowise advice line 0800 585 794
Training in environmental management-
The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)'s training website
is a useful source of information and guidance and also see EMS EASY, the new, simplified EMS training scheme from Global Action Plan
Waste Recycling Directory for Business
- recycling and waste management directory from the Environment Agency (originally set up for agricultural and horticultural businesses but includes recipients of other waste streams)
The Environment Agency
(tel: 08708 506 506) can advise your business on lawful waste carriers and environmental regulations. The EA's special "NetRegs"
website is designed to help small businesses navigate through the maze of environmental legislation
Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)-
developing new markets for recycled materials (WRAP helpline is freephone 0808 100 2040). WRAP also can provide funding,
i.e. direct financial support in the form of capital grants, for capital projects for recycling businesses.
- information and assistance to businesses and others (including householders) on the efficient use of water.
DEFRA – guides for Environmental Reporting
Go to Defra website page on Environmental Reporting here