Merging of the Chamber Climate Change Forum & Business Sustainability Group | November 2022

Since the instigation of the Climate Change Forum (CCF) in 2018 there has been a great deal of activity and interest from Chamber members in participating in a wide variety of events relating to the transition to a zero carbon economy.

Date: Wednesday 02 November 2022

Since the instigation of the Climate Change Forum (CCF) in 2018 there has been a great deal of activity and interest from Chamber members in participating in a wide variety of events relating to the transition to a zero carbon economy. This has covered both the strategic issues and opportunities we have as an Island in moving to zero carbon energy sources and also more immediate exploration of the practical steps we can all take now to understand and mitigate the environmental impact of our individual businesses.

For the last year or so the majority of this work has been lead by the business sustainability group (BSG) under the chairmanship of Ralph Peake. The recent economic strategy document produced by government also moves the Islands aspirations on significantly, particularly the commitment to 100% zero carbon electricity by 2030. Within the business community there has also been a substantial change over the last four years. For larger or internationally exposed businesses it is no longer really an option not to plan for a net zero future.

Although the BSG started out as a sub-committee of the CCF it is now effectively the main focus of regular activity in the group and the existence of two overlapping forums within Chamber is potentially a source of confusion as well as diluting the impact of each group. We therefore propose to merge the two groups and will retain the BSG under its current chairmanship as the focus for sustainability initiatives across the whole of Chamber. The issues which were being considered by the CCF will remain on the agenda as we see how Government moves forward with its strategy for zero carbon electricity and decarbonisation of public services.

Chris Gledhill, Climate Change Forum Lead