Published date 7 February 2022

South West tops Net Zero tour flagship event figures

Zero Carbon tour bus

The results are in and the South West was the best performing flagship event at last year's #ZeroCarbonTour with the highest figures. The region also came second in terms of total number of attendees with over 1000 supporters at the event.

The Zero Carbon Tour set out to act as a golden thread bringing together powerful examples of sustainability actions and innovation from across the country in the build up to COP26. The tour visited 125 locations through a combination of flagship events, partner events and site visits and events and site visits and directly engaged 8,082 people throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.

Nearly 200 business leaders and entrepreneurs attended the region's flagship event to hear from Metro Mayor Dan Norris, University of the West of England Vice Chancellor Steve West and from businesses that have started their own journey to net zero.

The West of England has set an ambitious goal for tackling climate change, committing to net zero carbon by 2030. That’s 20 years ahead of the UK target, and we've already reduced emissions by 35% since 2005.

Video credit: Planet Mark

The West of England Combined Authority is already helping businesses on their journey to net zero through its Green Business Grants scheme, funded by the West of England Recovery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. Over 50 businesses have already been awarded grants totalling £500,000 to make energy saving improvements – including some of those speaking at the Zero Carbon Tour event.

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