Exeter City Futures Managing Director, Liz O’Driscoll, was featured on the BBC Victoria Derbyshire show on 12th August sharing our insight into what support businesses need to become more sustainable.
The BBC Victoria Derbyshire show visited businesses in the UK and the Netherlands who have made sustainability a priority, and invited Liz to appear on the show to answer questions about what businesses need to change their carbon footprint.
Is this the world’s most sustainable building?
This warehouse in the Netherlands has 13,000 solar panels and makes four times the energy it uses.
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) August 12, 2019
In the live programme, Victoria asked whether Liz agreed with Alan Somerville, Director of Building Performance at BREEAM that businesses were becoming more aware that the climate is a real financial risk, and being sustainable is now a key part of a successful business – and that businesses were under significant pressure. Liz said:
“I think you’re right – businesses are struggling all over the country with understanding what they can do to address challenges around becoming carbon neutral. In Exeter, we’re working to bring together businesses with local authority and with individuals to really think about the whole city and how we can work together to make it a much better place to live.”
Later on in the programme, Liz shared what Exeter City Futures is doing right now to bring about a more sustainable Exeter.
“We are working to develop a roadmap for Exeter as a city to become carbon neutral. We are recognising that individuals and businesses and local authorities all have a really important part to play in that. At the moment, we’re working to understand the barriers that people are facing financially and the pressures on small businesses – but also politically in terms of the decisions which we might need to make, and how we make those decisions in a way that not only leads to being carbon neutral but also helps businesses and local people thrive.”
When discussing the actions that can be taken by businesses right now to make changes in their sustainability processes, Victoria asked Liz what she would recommend to companies. Liz responded:
“Seeking to empower your staff. Investment in technology is one thing, but actually empowering your staff to ask them what they can do to make themselves more efficient, to make your business better, and to make your business more sustainable is in excellent place to start.”
Thank you to the Victoria Derbyshire for hosting us today. We’re passionate about sharing our vision for Exeter as a sustainable community in which businesses and individuals can live healthier, more sustainable lives.
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