eBay UK launches climate training scheme for SMEs

eBay UK is launching a local weather coaching programme for the 200,000+ small companies that promote items on its platform.

Known as the ‘carbon academy’, the programme is open to all eBay UK sellers and is being hosted as a part of a partnership between eBay and Local weather Companion. The purpose is to equip SME decision-makers with the information and expertise they should measure and scale back their emissions footprint.

The overwhelming majority of companies within the UK are SMEs – a minimum of 90%. In local weather phrases, SMEs account for round half of the nation’s business-related emissions, with estimates various from 45% to 53%.

But a lot analysis has been performed lately concluding that SMEs are struggling to develop and ship plans to chop emissions. Widespread limitations embody an absence of funds or in-house experience, plus the truth that a number of the world’s most distinguished schemes and sources for decarbonisation are aimed toward companies.

By way of the carbon academy, SMEs will have the ability to have a baseline of their emissions footprint calculated by ClimatePartner at a reduction. They can even have entry to an internet module on emissions accounting.

Six different on-line modules are additionally a part of the programme. They’ll cowl subjects together with carbon discount, adopting round financial system rules and speaking local weather motion and sustainability. SMEs will moreover obtain steerage on the position that carbon offsetting may play of their local weather methods.

Every module comes with its personal guidelines, with eBay inserting emphasis on “bite-sized” sources and “sensible” data.

“Everyone knows that driving the change we have to see in our financial system goes to take all of us and with over 200,000  small companies utilizing eBay within the UK alone, we are able to drive vital affect,” stated eBay UK’s common supervisor Eve Williams.

Globally, eBay is notably working in the direction of a verified 1.5C-aligned local weather goal. It has dedicated to lowering Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (power-related) emissions by 90% by 2030, towards a 2019 baseline. Inside the identical timeframe, it’s aiming to scale back Scope 3 (oblique) emissions from downstream transportation and distribution by 20%.

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