Retail tech companies pledge to cut carbon emissions

More than 100 businesses have joined the Tech Zero Taskforce, an initiative to help technology companies cut their carbon emissions.

New members include a number of retail technology companies, including Oddbox, the wonky veg delivery box, and My Wardrobe HQ, a leading fashion rental platform.

By joining the taskforce companies commit to:

• Annually measure and publish their scope 1-3 carbon emissions
• Set an ambitious net zero target
• Publish a full climate action plan which includes short and medium interim targets
• Appoint a member of the executive team to be responsible and accountable for their net zero target, and to report progress to their board
• Communicate climate commitments in meaningful ways, including to customers.

The Tech Zero taskforce is led by Bulb and industry body Tech Nation. Its founding members are allplants, Babylon, Citymapper, Faculty, GoCardless, Habito, Hopin, Moneysupermarket Group, OLIO, Onfido, Revolut, Starling Bank, what3words and Wise.

It has also recently launched the Tech Zero Toolkit, to make it easier for companies to measure their emissions and set a net zero plan.

The taskforce working in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the government's Council for Sustainable Business, and the UK’s Net Zero business champion, Andrew Griffith MP.

“With less than 100 days until COP26 in Glasgow, it's fantastic to see 100 of the UK’s leading tech companies uniting in their commitment to net zero and signing up to the Tech Zero Taskforce,” said Andrew Griffith MP. “There is no better time for companies to take action on climate change, and today marks a superb step that will enable the UK tech sector to remain competitive, prosperous and fit for a green future. With support from our Together For Our Planet campaign, I am calling on all businesses to commit to the Race to Zero.”

Hayden Wood, chief executive and co-founder of Bulb and leader of the Tech Zero taskforce said: “To get to net zero every business will need to tackle their emissions. The 100+ members of the Tech Zero taskforce range from small start-ups to global organisations, all committed to fighting the climate crisis. We want to help companies of all sizes to build a climate action plan so we’re calling on even more businesses to join us today.”

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