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COP27: How do SMEs reach Net Zero?

With COP27 currently being held in Egypt, it's a reminder that net zero targets should still be front of mind despite the other challenges that many businesses face.

16 Nov 2022

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World Environment Day 2022

Sunday, June 5th, is 'World Environment Day'. It promises to be the most important international day dedicated to the environment. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will lead the celebration, having held events annually since 1974. Millions of people worldwide are set to engage in different ways to protect our planet. At Funding Options, we're joining thousands of other green companies to raise awareness about how businesses can reduce their carbon emissions. Here, we'll discuss how transitioning to green finance contributes to environmental action.

1 Jun 2022

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How is extreme weather impacting SMEs and what can they do to prepare?

In February, a polar vortex unleashed a trio of deadly storms — Dudley, Eunice and Franklin — on the UK and Western Europe, with heavy winds causing widespread damage across the region. According to the experts, we can expect more storms like these. So what can business owners do to prepare for the rise in extreme weather, and what steps can UK medium and small businesses take to reduce their carbon footprint, remain environmentally friendly and play their part in the global race to net-zero?

18 Mar 2022

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COP26 roundup: What can UK SMEs expect?

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP26, took place at the SEC Centre in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November 2021. The summit united parties with the ultimate aim of accelerating action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

12 Nov 2021

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Open Letter: Proposal for world-leading government-backed Green Loans Scheme for UK small businesses

Six million UK small businesses contribute just under half of the UK’s carbon emissions generated from business and industry. Prior to COP26 in November 2021, the UK government needs tangible new products to address the environmental impact of small businesses.

25 Oct 2021

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Green Finance

COP26: How we’re helping pave the way for a net zero economy

With COP26 around the corner, now’s the perfect time for businesses to reflect on their own green values and goals. Find out how Funding Options plans to minimise its carbon footprint, and how it’s playing a crucial role in enabling businesses to access green finance.

24 Oct 2021

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Green Finance

Funding Options’ journey towards funding a net-zero future

At Funding Options, we believe in the immediate need to mitigate climate change and achieve net zero by 2050. But we’re also aware that actions speak louder than words. Read on to find out about how we’re championing sustainability and how we’re helping UK businesses play their part too.

13 Sept 2021

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Green Finance

Why is it so important to fund green projects?

Analysis by *The Guardian* has revealed that the UK's low-carbon economy is worth over £200bn – four times more than the manufacturing sector. Experts agree the sector has the potential to tackle climate change and create sustainable jobs. However, they also warn that the UK can only make the transition to a low carbon economy if everyone supports a “national programme of transformation” – including SMEs.

25 Aug 2021

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Why is it important to “Lend Green”?

The government’s vision to ‘Build Back Greener’ following the Covid-19 pandemic sets out a policy direction for the UK to reach its carbon emissions reduction target of 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. But a new report from Bankers for Net Zero argues that for SMEs to implement sufficient carbon reduction policies and regulatory requirements, more financial support is needed.

10 Aug 2021

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