The UK’s Retail Sector Council (RSC) has announced the launch of a national online initiative to help small independent retailers cut their carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly.
Led by RSC member Victoria Robertshaw and receiving ministerial support, Green Street is an informative and accessible hub, built by retailers for retailers to encourage planet friendly shopping.
The hub’s launch has been jointly funded through the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the RSC, a body of around 24 retailers of all types and sizes who work together to promote and grow UK retail.
She said: “Green Street has evolved over many months and there has been really helpful input from a range of experts; additionally retailers who are already doing these things themselves have helped create a set of principles that are the spine of the guide.
“With just under 300,000 small and medium-sized retail owners in the UK, if everyone makes the practical changes required, it will make a massive difference. Every step taken contributes to the global fight against irreversible climate change, and the more businesses that commit to making sustainable choices, the bigger the impact not only on our planet but also on our local communities.”
Paul Scully, retail minister and co-chair, Retail Sector Council, added: “This government-backed guide, launched by the Retail Sector Council, will give retail businesses the tools they need to slash their carbon footprint and build back greener from the pandemic.
“Not only will these changes help us meet our ambitious climate goals, but they will help businesses reduce waste and drive clean growth, allowing us to level up every part of the UK.”