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1,000 businesses sign up to Go Green in first six months as part of Bristol's year as European Green Capital

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 11 August 2015 16:48

1,000 businesses sign up to Go Green in first six months as part of Bristol's year as European Green Capital
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More than 1,000 businesses in Bristol have pledged to Go Green in the past six months by signing up to a scheme as part of the city’s European Green Capital status.

The initiative provides businesses with the tools they need to improve and show their green credentials.

The scheme, launched in February, aims to help the city lead the way in sustainable practice by enabling businesses to explore new ways of working and share their experiences with the wider business community.

The Go Green tool, an online platform for businesses to show their commitment to sustainability, has seen more than 2,000 actions undertaken over the last six months. To date, there are 1,000 pieces of evidence to demonstrate businesses are making these improvements.

More than 1,200 delegates from the Bristol business community have attended Go Green events and workshops, giving business leaders the opportunity to network with other like-minded organisations, learn how to engage their staff with green issues and access further support on sustainable best practice.

Go Green has three stages – Say It, Do It and Prove It – which companies must go through to demonstrate that they are becoming more sustainable. This encompasses five areas of their business: Travel & Transport, Happy & Healthy, Sustainable Sourcing, Energy & Efficiency and Planning & Resilience.

Twenty businesses have already achieved Prove It status, which asks organisations to prove the steps it has taken to Go Green. To be eligible, a business must have completed at least one action in each pillar and demonstrate continuous improvement.

Among them Harbourside-based Resource Futures. Stuart Woodham, a consultant at the firm, said: “It’s a fantastic accolade to add to our credentials and it’s given us the perfect opportunity to actively take a role in Bristol as European Green Capital.”

Another business benefiting from the scheme is Knowle West Media Centre. Staff member Sue Mackinnon said: “I went to the Go Green breakfast on transport and got talking to Sara Sloman at Travel West. She encouraged me to apply for a grant towards an electric bike which we’ve now purchased.

“Staff now use the bike to get to and from meetings. As an organisation we’ve pledged to reduce local car journeys by at least 75 per cent and having the bike will be a big help towards meeting this target.

“It’s already resulted in a reduction in the number of cars in our car park. and staff who haven’t cycled for years have been encouraged to consider purchasing a bike for themselves through the Bike 2 Work scheme.”

Go Green is a project run in partnership by Business West and Low Carbon South West.

Nina Skubula (pictured), initiative manager at Business West, said: “Go Green has provided a really simple way for businesses in the West of England to take steps to improve their green credentials, as well as communicate good news stories and share best practice using the Go Green tool.

“The success of the initiative to date is testament to how passionate businesses in the region are about contributing to the success of Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital and we are confident that these commitments will not only be undertaken in 2015, but for many years to come.”

Pictured: The Clifton Suspension Bridge was lit up green to mark the start of Bristol's year as European Green Capital


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