Bronze: Just Starting Out

Commit to the Forest Business Climate Charter Bronze level to start your journey to carbon neutral now. 

The Commitment

  • Publicly declare a Climate Emergency and commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030
  • Directors or managers undergo climate literacy training or demonstrate existing knowledge
  • Use a simple free carbon footprint tool to calculate your business’s emissions from its fuel and electricity consumption (scope 1 and 2 emissions). If you’re an SME, we recommend using the Carbon Trusts SME Carbon Footprint Calculator. Alternatively, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol have produced a free, excel-based GHG Emissions Calculation Tool for businesses.
  • Set short and medium term targets for reducing your emissions
  • Publish your emissions on your business’s website each year in order to track your progress.
  • Commit to taking 2 or more of the actions below over the next 12 months.
  • Encourage other businesses to do the same! Tell three other businesses about what you’re doing.

Actions you can take

  • Appoint and support a Climate Champion(s) from within our organisation 
  • Appoint and support a Climate Champion(s) from within our organisation
  • Reduce our electricity consumption, e.g. through energy efficient appliances and LED lighting
  • Reduce our gas consumption e.g. through insulating our premises and turning down the thermostat
  • Switch to a green energy supplier
  •  Invest in on-site renewable energy generation e.g. solar panels or heat pumps
  •  Reduce how far our supplies travel e.g. prioritise Forest based suppliers
  • Source products and services from low carbon suppliers
  • Cut down on our waste
  • Create a travel plan and encourage more sustainable travel
  • Replace fleet vehicles with electric or hybrid models

We encourage you to not be limited just to the above actions. If you identify other actions that can help you reduce your carbon footprint, please tell us about them and include them on your sign up form.


Download the full Forest Business Climate Charter HERE

We also encourage businesses to join the UK Government’s Together for Our Planet campaign through the UK Business Climate Hub, which has various useful tools for taking action.  Those who make a net zero commitment via the Hub will also be recognised by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign.


 Developed in collaboration with Forest of Dean District Council.

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