How Britain’s tradespeople can aid the nation’s task in achieving net zero carbon

Software company Powered Now has identified three easy ways tradespeople encouraged to make their operations more sustainable ahead of the September deadline, where businesses must commit by law to net zero emissions by 2050.

As part of the Government’s plans to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 to bring the UK to net-zero by 2050, all businesses will be required to report emissions on transportation, distribution, and waste from their operations.

Powered Now is urging tradespeople to make small changes now, such as switching to ‘green’ vans, buying British and going paperless, in a bid to help make their business more sustainable and contribute to the Government’s aims for the UK to reach its net zero emissions target for 2050. 

The Government will ban the sale of almost all petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030. Powered Now, is advising tradespeople to get ahead of the transportation overhaul and invest in an electric van now. According to, the Iveco Daily Electric is the best model on the market and has a range of 174 miles.

Buying British can help with reducing transport costs and can be an eco-friendlier option. Powered Now also highlights the supply chain issues and the various problems with imports in recent months due to the pandemic and Brexit issues.

Paperwork is the cause of much rubbish, and recycling and switching to digital invoices or certificates can help keep records straight and cut down on paper. 

Andy Mitchell, co-chair Construction leadership Council, said: “We’ve seen the transformative impact that collective ambition has had on our industry’s standing with Government during COVID, who is now clear that the construction industry must be a key partner in the drive to reach UK Net-Zero by 2050.”

“But more importantly, we have a responsibility to the people who work on our projects and to those who use our buildings and infrastructure to find a better way to build – one that creates a built environment that is sustainable for the future.”

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