Encirc has begun work with business network Business in the Community (BITC) on a new campaign that challenges organisations in Northern Ireland to address the climate crisis.

The Business Action on Climate campaign aims to achieve ambitious reduction targets for organisations’ greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.

A cornerstone of the campaign, the Climate Action Pledge, invites signatories to commit to cut their GHG emissions by 50% or 30% by 2030, ahead of the UK government trajectory to achieving Net Zero by 2050.

The Campaign puts Northern Ireland businesses at the forefront of action on the climate crisis. Encirc is part of the campaign steering group of Climate Champions.

It is made up of business representatives that support the campaign and have been instrumental in setting and agreeing the terms of the Pledge.

Fiacre O’Donnell, Director of Sustainability, at Vidrala Group, Encirc’s parent company, commented: “Sustainability has been at the core of our business strategy for more than 15 years, and we are always looking for new ways to reduce our carbon output, and support others in doing the same.

“Keeping our environmental impact to a minimum influences everything we do, from the fuel and raw materials we use, to the way we make our containers, to the innovative transportation routes we create to get our products to market.

“As a business, we are looking to decarbonise as soon as possible, and the Climate Action Pledge is an important step forward.

“We’ve worked closely with the BITC for many years, helping boost our own corporate accountability and inspire our stakeholders to follow suit and operate more responsibly.

This is a fantastic initiative, and we’re excited to see the impact it makes.”

To support signatories to achieve their targets, Business in the Community will provide a range of guidance and support including: climate literacy training; workshops and advisory support on climate related risks and opportunities; and GHG foot-printing and guidance on measuring emissions.

Through the campaign, BITC will share best practice examples from organisations in Northern Ireland and beyond and provide opportunities to network and collaborate with organisations in similar and different sectors, as well develop links to local carbon offsetting initiatives.

For more information on the Business Action on Climate campaign and the Climate Action Pledge NI, please visit www.bitcni.org.uk/climate or email environment@bitcni.org.uk.