Government must act to boost net-zero efforts among smaller firms

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Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been overlooked in climate policymaking according to Dr Sam Hampton, ECI researcher.

Along with other leading researchers from Sheffield Hallam University and the Open University, Dr Sam Hampton says the government needs to act urgently to rapidly scale decarbonisation efforts among SMEs to help achieve net zero targets. They said they uncovered impressive examples of provisions for decarbonising smaller businesses in some industry sectors as well as parts of the UK, but overall support remains limited with support programmes found to often be small-scale, piecemeal and poorly evaluated.

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