More than 100 companies have joined the Tech Zero taskforce, an important milestone for the initiative which asks tech companies to cut their carbon emissions.
New members include financial services comparison site Confused.com, wonky veg delivery scheme Oddbox, My Wardrobe HQ – the UK’s leading fashion rental platform, car sales aggregator Auto Trader, and design bible Dezeen.
Among other signatories these companies have committed to measuring and publishing their carbon emissions, publicly setting a climate action plan with clear, ambitious targets, appointing an executive to be accountable for the net zero plan, and communicating their climate commitments to customers and reporting on progress.
UK Net Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith MP, said: “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.
“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”.
The Tech Zero taskforce aims to accelerate progress towards net zero in the tech sector as a collective so that businesses across the UK don’t have to grapple with the challenge of cutting their carbon emissions on their own. The taskforce has also launched the Tech Zero Toolkit, to make it easier for companies to measure their emissions and set a net zero plan.
Led by Bulb and Tech Nation. Its founding members are allplants, Babylon, Citymapper, Faculty, GoCardless, Habito, Hopin, Moneysupermarket Group, OLIO, Onfido, Revolut, Starling Bank, what3words and Wise.
Gerard Grech, Tech Nation’s chief executive, said: “It’s terrific to see more and more companies join the Tech Zero taskforce.
“Tech Nation has already publicly committed to a Net Zero target of 2030 or sooner. We now have our baseline figures for the last two years, and have published a report on our progress in line with the commitments we have made as part of Tech Zero.”
By focusing on establishing rigorous measurement, board accountability, and transparency. Tech Zero ensures that company commitments are genuine, science-based and ambitious.
The Tech Zero taskforce is also 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 to boost green investment and help UK tech companies grow. The taskforce is a partner of the UN’s Race to Zero campaign, which rallies leadership and support from the leading net zero initiatives.