BUSINESSES are being invited to join an online conference to explore ways they can reduce their impact on the environment.

Coastal West Sussex is hosting the online event on Zoom as part of the Race to Net Zero Campaign, which hopes to reduce carbon emissions to zero.

As the UK looks to set ever-more ambitious carbon emission targets, there is a growing interest in how regional businesses can embrace eco-initiatives to help the planet.

The businesses could also benefit from consumer demand for low-carbon and green products and services.

The conference will take place on October 22 at 11am, a week before Glasgow hosts the COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which has prioritised securing net zero emissions by 2050.

The Coastal West Sussex Race to Net Zero Conference is to be chaired by James Dempster, managing director of Brighton marketing agency Fox and Bear, and he will be joined by business leaders and environmental campaigners from across the region.

Caroline Wood, Director at Coastal West Sussex Partnership, said: "We are thrilled with the line-up for this event and have some leading voices who are keen to share their knowledge and experience.

"This is an opportunity for Sussex business people to put their heads together and learn from those who are already making a difference. From record-breaking temperatures to extreme rainfall, the time for action is now if we're to protect our beautiful region and the planet.

"This is just the start of a conversation, there will be two further events, the next on December 8, where through collaborating as a community, we can create a stronger and unified response along with some tangible interventions that will have a positive climate impact on our area."

The Argus: MP Andrew Griffith will be part of Coastal West Sussex's conferenceMP Andrew Griffith will be part of Coastal West Sussex's conference

Andrew Griffith MP, Arundel and South Downs will also be at the conference as well as Steve Read, director of Environment and Public Protection, West Sussex County Council, Sam Zindel, managing director of Propellernet and founder of Low Carbon Leaders.

Sam Zindel, who has been on a net-zero mission with his Brighton-based digital-marketing agency Propellernet for two years, said: "It makes sense on so many levels for Sussex businesses to engage with this initiative.

"Firstly, we are all responsible for meeting our obligations, but also by grouping together, we can share stories and intelligence on the journey to sustainability.

"There is no doubt that engaging in this process is also good for business - B Corps are growing 28-times faster than the national average. Being sustainable has definitely helped convert business for us and been a useful tool in some incredibly competitive pitches.

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