Join the community of businesses taking action on climate change in Southwark

events & training

Your business is one of 160 SMEs taking part in the Southwark Climate Collective. To help you along your sustainability journey, we’ve got free events and trainings for you and your business to get involved with throughout 2024. 

Explore what's coming up

Tuesday 11th June – Bikes for Business: Deliveries made easy

Join MP Smarter Travel for a hands-on workshop exploring how you might consider replacing van trips with cargo bikes for inbound and outbound deliveries - from office supplies to catering. The session will cover different operators and operating models, costs, and local cargo bike use case studies. We will conclude the session with a visit to Fully Charged, a local eBike retailer, to see and try different cargo bikes.

Thurs 20th June – Carbon Literacy Training

You and your team are invited to join an in-person Carbon Literacy training as part of the Southwark Climate Collective. Join the Positive Planet team for an informative and interactive Carbon Literacy Certified training course to gain a qualification that is recognised by the United Nations. This Carbon Literacy training is aimed at Southwark SMEs and provides your business with an awareness of the climate-related costs and impacts of their activities and the ability and motivation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Weds 26 June – Smart Tech for Southwark’s Small Businesses

Join Smart Energy GB for an online session covering how smart meters and other innovative products and services can help you spend less time on admin and managing utilities bills - and more time on growing your business.

Thurs 27th June – Summer Party

Join us at The Rosy Hue in Elephant Park for a chance to reflect on your journey so far, catch up with others on your workstream (or other workstreams), and share any challenges and feedback with us over drinks and canapes.

Thurs 7th March – Welcome Event

It was a pleasure to meet many of you at our Welcome Event, where we heard from three programme participants - Shakespeare's Globe, Smart Energy GB and Paladar - on their decarbonisation journeys to date and motivations for joining the Southwark Climate Collective. Councillor Emily Hickson, Deputy Cabinet Member for Green Finance, also shared with us details of a new ESG funding opportunity, the Southwark Green Investment Fund.

Thurs 14th March – Energy, climate change and SMEs

In this in-person session, experts from Temple Group introduced the relationship between energy use, carbon emissions and climate impacts for SMEs - including how energy use is causing a wide range of climate impacts, the energy mix in the UK, and how its development over time will impact businesses. Participants looked at lifestyle and business activities which contribute most to energy use and climate impacts, and developed their own energy use reduction pledges.

Tuesday 5th March – Freight: how and why to reduce its impact

In this in-person session at Southwark Cathedral, leading infrastructure & transport consultancy, Steer, highlighted the links between delivery & servicing activity, carbon emissions, air quality, and climate change. The session looked at how SMEs can reduce, retime, remode and reroute delivery and servicing activities in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Download the slides here.

Weds 20th March – Supply chains and climate change for SMEs

In this online training, experts from Temple Group examined the critical relationship between supply chains and climate change, why it's crucial for businesses to calculate their supply chain emissions, and approaches to evaluating scope 3 emissions.

Tues 26th March – Waste: an ugly truth

In this session, experts from Temple Group outlined the bigger picture of waste in the UK and how SMEs can make an impact. Participants explored the variety of factors which contribute to waste generation, particularly in a business setting, and the many significant environmental impacts of waste.

Mon 22nd April – Food waste: not another rubbish training session!

We are delighted to be joined by the Sustainable Restaurant Association for this bonus in-person training as we explore food waste. They will share practical approach to valorising food and minimising waste in your business. This session will provide you with an introduction to circular food design principles for reducing food waste, with a particular focus on how to apply these principles in practice and enjoy the economic, social and environmental benefits of doing so.

Tues 23rd April – Carbon Literacy Training

You and your team are invited to join an in-person Carbon Literacy training as part of the Southwark Climate Collective. Join the Positive Planet team for an informative and interactive Carbon Literacy Certified training course to gain a qualification that is recognised by the United Nations. This Carbon Literacy training is aimed at Southwark SMEs and provides your business with an awareness of the climate-related costs and impacts of their activities and the ability and motivation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Thurs 2nd May – Business beyond waste (online)

This online workshop, led by ReLondon, encouraged participants to think about the ways we could use 'stuff' more wisely to cut costs, reduce waste, win new customers, grow sustainably and thrive.

Tues 14th May – Energy Data and Efficiency

This online workshop explored common energy & consumption metrics, and an interactive carbon accounting exercise to demonstrate the link between energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Weds 15th May – Freight: data-led delivery and servicing planning

This in-person workshop explored ways to optimise and streamline delivery and servicing scheduling, featuring examples from the SCC freight workstream audits.

Weds 22nd May – Sustainable Management of Supply Chains

This in-person workshop, led by Temple Group, explored practical strategies for measuring and reducing supply chain emissions, focusing on the methodology used in the SCC Supply Chains audit model.

Thurs 23rd May – Business beyond waste (in-person)

This in-person workshop, led by ReLondon, dived into ways to use 'stuff' more wisely - rather than sending it to landfill - allowing us to cut costs, win new customers, grow sustainably and thrive.