What can business do to prevent climate change?

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    • #1286

        SMEs are a basement of business. The big number of SMEs can contribute with simple activities to prevent climate change. One of the first ideas in this field is the reduction of energy consumption.
        Paying more attention to daily routine actions, businesses can basically reduce their energy consumption and, thus, their impact on the climate. As an investment into the future, the use of renewable energy may also contribute.

      • #1531

          Good habits of SMEs can have an impact on climate change but is crucial to develop  insided the SMEs work evinroements green skills. And not only skills but a different culture.

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          • #1550
            Dimitris Bimpas

              I expect that in such structural problems, only coordinating actions, regulations and incentives from policy makers, states and European authorities  can enforce best practices in environmental issues/ issues related to climate adjustment of business. Of course, business shall utilize the existing regulatory or financing tools

          • #1582

              In my opinion SMEs should carry out a diagnosis (SWOT-CAME analysis) of its situation according to upcoming trends (legislation, market, sector, technology) to develop a road map to adapt to the trends, that definitely are oriented to develop more sustainable business models, products and services.

              Strategic lines derived from this road map should address all the ares within a company, such as:

              • Development or adaptation of their business models
              • Measuring sustainability of their products or services (environmental footprint, carbon footprint, etc)
              • Adaptation of their products and services for the upcoming trends trying to make a real difference to the stakeholders and customers and maintain competitiveness
              • Development of training of employees to adapt their skills to implement the road map
              • Development of a sustainable supply chain
            • #1834
              Ariadna Pages

                SME and bussines in general are a key point in the fight against climate change and it’s fundamental that they mark their position on this. Nowadays there are many ecological options for enterprises such as ecodesign, sustainable marketing or servitization. Initially these options might result more expensive but this change is necessary.

              • #1890

                  From my point of view, the role businesess can play in the prevention of climate change is in inseparable from the political activity, especially the political activity related to a reconstructive vision of an ecological future.

                  Nowadays, we can see that ”alternative” institutions without a link to vital, counter-systemic social movements are coerced by ”market forces”, and only serve non-threatening ”green” businesses that merely serve an elite clientele with ”socially responsible” products. Defenders of the status quo would have us believe that ”green” capitalism and the ”information economy” will usher in a transition to a more ecological future. But, like all the capitalist ecnomies of the past, this latest incarnation relies ultimately on the continued and perpetual expansion of its reach.

                  In order to make businesses play an active role in the prevention of climate change, the political activity related to this matter has to work towards this direction, and include all the types of businesses. Regardless of their magnitude, their internal structure and their goals (obviously anti-ecological goals are not included here). Most SME’s don’t have the economic capacity to deal with these needed and urgent changes to prevent climate change. Something that could help SME’s could be to offer funds to those businesess who want to carry out a sustainable energy transition, or to economically reward those businesses who are already implementing changes to make their production chains more sustainable, for example. Finally, it is the responsability of the political actors (UE/National/Regional) to sanction and penalyze all those businesses that work in a non-ecological way in their production chains, in the development of a service or in even, in the sale of certain products.

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                • #1907

                    From my point of view, it’s a problem of mindsets.
                    SMEs might create win-win situations where an added value for the SME is combined with “green ideas” and activities.

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