Buckinghamshire Carbon and Sustainability : Ideas to maintain momentum beyond 2025

Here are some ideas on how Buckinghamshire Council could continue and evolve the program beyond 2025, making it an embedded part of the business landscape while exploring cost-effective approaches:

  1. Knowledge Sharing Platform

Establish an online knowledge sharing platform or community where businesses can continue to access resources, best practices, and case studies related to carbon reduction and sustainability. This platform could serve as a hub for businesses to share their experiences, learn from each other, and access ongoing training materials.

  1. Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Facilitate a peer-to-peer mentoring program where businesses that have successfully implemented sustainability practices can mentor and guide others. This would create a network of support and expertise within the local business community, promoting knowledge exchange and long-term sustainability.

  1. Business Collaboration:

Encourage businesses to collaborate on joint sustainability initiatives, such as shared supply chain optimisation, joint procurement of renewable energy, or collective waste management. By pooling resources and sharing costs, businesses can achieve greater impact at a reduced financial burden.

  1. Industry Recognition:

Expand the badge scheme to recognise and celebrate businesses that have demonstrated long-term commitment to carbon reduction and sustainability. This recognition can be achieved through annual awards, public recognition, or showcasing success stories on the council’s website or in local media.

  1. Business Networks and Events:

Foster partnerships with industry associations, chambers of commerce, and business networks to integrate carbon reduction and sustainability into their regular events and activities. This could include hosting workshops, webinars, or panel discussions focused on sustainable business practices and providing ongoing training opportunities.

  1. Embedding in Business Support Services:

Integrate carbon reduction and sustainability into existing business support services provided by the council. This could involve incorporating sustainability assessments, advice, and training modules as part of business support programs or workshops. By embedding sustainability into existing services, businesses can easily access support without the need for additional dedicated funding.

  1. Collaboration with Universities and Research Institutions:

Collaborate with local universities and research institutions to facilitate knowledge transfer and research collaborations in the field of sustainability. This can provide businesses with access to cutting-edge research, innovative solutions, and academic expertise, fostering ongoing learning and development.

These ideas aim to leverage existing resources, networks, and partnerships to continue promoting sustainability in the business landscape while exploring cost-effective approaches. By embracing collaboration, knowledge sharing, and ongoing support, the program can continue to thrive and make a lasting impact beyond the initial funding period.


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