In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to adopt a legal commitment to achieve ‘Net Zero’ carbon emissions by 2050. Closer to home, West Northamptonshire Council has set a net zero target for its own emissions by 2030 and those of residents and businesses by 2045. North Northamptonshire council has committed to becoming a carbon-neutral council by 2030 and aligns to the national net zero goal of 2050.Targets and pledges are well and good, but the majority of climate experts state that the UK, along with all developing nations are not nearly on track to achieve these goals...

The Northants B Corp Community, made up of 14 certified B Corporations, held a well-attended B Corp and Sustainable Business Event, in conjunction with the Centre for Sustainable Business Practices (CSBP) at the University of Northampton. Over 40 businesses and business support representatives took part in engaging round table discussions and enjoyed networking and learning from each other.What is a B Corp?Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, are companies verified by third party B Lab to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. B stands for Benefit for all. The B Corp movement is a global...

North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) will receive a funding boost from central Government to help deliver a network of publicly available electric charging points across the local area.The council were provisionally allocated £2,895,000 of funding and had to provide a business case on how the funding would be spent. This business case has now been approved and NNC will receive all of the allocated funding.The funding will be used to deliver a network of publicly available electric vehicle charging points to all 12 towns across North Northamptonshire, with a particular focus on supporting residents who are not able to charge an electric vehicle...

North Northamptonshire Council have launched the latest round of a grant scheme to help local businesses to increase energy efficiency, move to a lower carbon economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Small or medium sized businesses can now apply for grants up to £5,000 towards 50% of project costs, with the remaining amount to be match funded by the business.The funding can be used for:lighting and lighting controls heating and heating controls insulation energy efficient machinery and equipment (e.g. air compressors) solar panels heat pumps biomass boilers energy storage building energy management systemsCllr David Brackenbury, the council’s Executive Member for Growth...

The UK government is taking significant strides in bolstering the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem with the launch of innovative measures under the Plan for Drivers. Unveiled on February 5, 2024, the plan encompasses grants for schools, financial support for local councils, and ambitious proposals to enhance the national network of charging points.In a bid to promote sustainability in education institutions, Technology and Decarbonisation Minister Anthony Browne inaugurated a groundbreaking grant initiative in Nottinghamshire. This grant, a part of the Workplace Charging Scheme, provides state-funded schools, colleges, nurseries, and academies with up to 75% of the costs associated with purchasing and...

Northamptonshire businesses, it's time to get excited about the future! As we face the challenges of climate change, there's a golden opportunity for you to lead the way in sustainability and reap the benefits. Here's how you can make a real difference and boost your business in 2024.Firstly, it’s key to know where to start. Transport, energy, buildings and waste are usually the biggest emitters, so don’t reinvent the wheel - assess where you are in these areas and then jump straight to some of the most impactful solutions below.TRANSPORT: Switching fleets to electric and hydrogen powered vehicles is...

Businesses and residents are being asked for their thoughts on proposals to introduce a new Environmental Policy for Northampton Town Centre.West Northamptonshire Council is seeking to implement a policy which will help improve environmental standards and set out the way that businesses handle their commercial waste. This will be trialled in central Northampton and will then be considered to be rolled out across the wider West Northamptonshire area.The consultation opens today (30 November), closing on 28 January. and will ask public opinion to shape parts of the policy around waste from businesses in the town centre and help the Council...

The countdown is on to North Northamptonshire Council’s virtual climate change conference which takes place tomorrow.NNClimate23 will be broadcast live on YouTube on Wednesday, November 22 starting at 9.30am.The day will focus on three sessions:Farming and Sustainability Towards a New Green Economy Youth and CommunityA full list of the speakers is now available online. People are invited to submit questions in advance to form the basis of Q&A discussions which will follow each of the sessions.Questions can be submitted, along with the name of the relevant speaker, to nnclimate23@northnorthants.gov.ukThe day will feature speakers on a range of topics including...

After an extremely successful maiden edition of the UON Sustainability Summit in May this year, the University of Northampton are delighted to announce that the 2nd UON Sustainability Summit is set to take place on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st May 2024.The main objective for the 2023 Summit was to identify shared sustainability challenges within the UON's stakeholder community and agree a framework for addressing those challenges. Resultingly, the Summit discussions culminated in the formation of the Northampton Sustainability Accord on the 16th of May 2023. In the six months since then, the UON have worked together to launch the...

Are you ready to make a meaningful impact on the future of your business or charity and our planet? If the answer to this question is yes, then we invite you to embark on a transformative journey towards a greener and more sustainable future by joining the 'Towards a Net Zero West Northants' (TANZ West Northants) project. This project is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and is being led by the Sustainability Local Innovation and Partnership Agenda Hub (SLIPAH) at the University of Northampton, working in partnership with West Northamptonshire Council.Why Participate in TANZ West Northants?Lead the Sustainability...

Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey that can help reshape the growth of your business or charity in way that ensures a more sustainable world for our children and grandchildren? If the answer to your question is a resounding ‘Yes’, then we invite you to join us for the second webinar on the TANZ West Northants Project.Happening on the 5th of December from 1pm to 2pm, this webinar is titled; 'Transformative Strategies in Waste Management’, and will be the first of a series of webinars within the TANZ project focused specifically on waste management.This webinar will provide...