St Helens Chamber leads unique approach to embedding sustainability

13 Oct 2022

Business

St Helens is the first town in the world to have been formally assessed against United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) framework.

 

As part of the recent ‘Together To Zero’ programme funded through the Community Renewal Fund from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, St Helens Chamber partnered with 2030hub, the world’s first UN-recognised Local2030 Hub, to deliver not only the Net Zero awareness and support programme; but to also look way beyond any pure carbon emission reduction focus and across every aspect of the wider sustainability agenda using the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

 

This pioneering approach supports the vision for the renaissance of St Helens as an ambitious, fair, and sustainable town looking to leverage innovation as part of its ongoing wider regeneration planning and development.

 

According to a Business and Sustainable Development Commission report there is more than $12 trillion worth of new commercial revenue per year if we can achieve the bold targets of the SDGs.

 

2030hub were tasked by St Helens Chamber to deliver a St Helens SDG Mapping Report and complementary open-source SDG Data Platform (2nd in the UK) for the entire Borough to better understand how local businesses improve their resilience to climate pressures, the route to their share of the $12 trillion per annum and also how to connect abstract global climate change to local immediate social needs.

 

The SDG Mapping Report contains suggested priority SDGs for wider community consultation. These were SDG1 No Poverty, SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being, SDG 8 Decent Work & Economic Growth, and SDG 13 Climate Action.

 

Key recommendations in the report include:

  • Be bold: sustainability requires strong vocal leadership
  • The creation of a Good Business Hub
  • Educate and encourage the private sector to support key social issues collaboratively
  • Explore international collaboration and knowledge sharing

 

Tracy Mawson, Chief Executive of St Helens Chamber explained:

“Given the current energy crisis many businesses think they can’t afford to become Net Zero, but now is exactly the right time to reduce energy consumption to both survive and remain competitive; and our Together to Zero project aimed to help educate businesses and residents on how this can be achieved.

 

“We have seen larger companies and UK Government making bold carbon commitments that are already rippling through supply chains and new legislation. The wider SDG framework helps us as a Chamber and as a Borough to better connect policies, strategies, and business support directly to issues such as poverty, waste reduction, energy security and innovation.”

 

The Sustainable Development Goals are the globally agreed 15 year blueprint for the planet (2015 to 2030) consisting of 17 Goals, 169 Targets and over 200 measurable Indicators.

 

The world is currently seeing a surge in cities and towns adapting this framework originally designed for countries to add further value and relevance to local plans and delivery.

 

2030hub Director, David Connor commented:

“More than ever we need to strengthen the connection between the private sector and those furthest behind at home and abroad. Climate change is the other huge elephant in the room that has been obscured by austerity, Brexit, Covid and now rising cost of living challenges. The SDGs are a fantastic guide, when adapted and aligned locally, to better navigate a pathway through this complexity and uncertainty to renewed prosperity.”

 

To learn more about the Together to Zero project, visit https://www.sthelenschamber.com/business/together-to-zero/

 

To learn more about 2030hub, visit: https://the2030hub.com/