Introduction to BEBA

In March 2021, Baker Labels approached Brentwood Borough Council as they wanted to improve their environmental performance and offset their carbon footprint, but like many businesses didn’t know where to start. They were also conscious that they wanted to make a local environmental impact rather than simply funding for trees to be planted in another corner of the world. This conversation ultimately led to the creation of Brentwood Environmental Business Alliance (BEBA), a new initiative bringing together businesses across the borough.

Our aim is to encourage more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices by providing a platform to collaborate, learn and a place to identify information resources for businesses.

Climate change is defined as “the long-term alteration of temperature and typical weather patterns in a place” (National Geographic, 2019), and can have catastrophic impacts on human society. As the overall global temperature increases because of greenhouse gas emissions (including carbon dioxide), extreme weather events including droughts and flooding are more likely to occur. This can cause direct damage to humans and can also reduce the amount of resources such as food, which could lead to global food insecurity. Other impacts include loss of biodiversity, which provide important ecosystem services which benefit humans.

In 2020, the business sector in the UK emitted 59.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide which accounts for more than 18% of all UK CO emissions (BEIS, 2021). It is therefore crucial for businesses to work together to reduce the carbon footprint of the sector to make a bigger impact and create a more sustainable future for everyone. As well as climate change, other environmental issues such as waste and biodiversity loss also need to be addressed.

We have established BEBA for all Brentwood businesses to help tackle these global problems at a local level. It enables businesses to do their bit and have a positive impact on these environmental issues. Brentwood businesses can sign up to The Pledge to demonstrate their commitment to going green, reducing carbon and being more sustainable to help our planet.

Brentwood Council announced it will be Carbon Neutral by 2040 and we challenge our local business community to work with us to achieve the same.

The Pledge

Signatories of the green pledge make a business commitment to minimise their environmental impact. The pledge expects and commits businesses that sign up to BEBA to reduce their carbon footprint by:

  • Adopting an environment-first based approach to business decisions
  • Reducing waste in the provision of goods and services
  • Recycling waste generated by business operations
  • Implementing a green supply chain network and using local suppliers wherever possible
  • Adapting procurement policies to prioritise products that are environmentally friendly
  • Volunteering or committing resources to support local environmental initiatives
  • Actively seeking ways to carbon offset
  • Setting a baseline for your business’ current carbon footprint
  • Disclosing actions that will be taken to achieve BEBA’s carbon objectives
  • Being carbon neutral by 2040
  • Being ‘true zero’ carbon by 2050

Reasons to Join BEBA and sign the Pledge

Joining BEBA is a chance to meet and network with like-minded business professionals that are passionate about the environment. It’s a chance to share best practice, collaborate on initiatives and ideas that could benefit the environment and whilst helping your business thrive and reducing the carbon footprint of the borough.

There will be opportunities to tell others about the work you will be doing to:

  • combat carbon emissions
  • improve waste management performance
  • tackle biodiversity loss

We will support you by providing information on new ideas and help you find information and advice on specific environmental issues.

If you’re interested in joining BEBA and making your business pledge for Brentwood, email us at info@brentwood-beba.co.uk.

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