Carbon challenge

One in five firms says going green ‘too costly’

Alok Sharma
Alok Sharma opening the COP26 climate summit

Almost a fifth of Scottish businesses say taking action on reducing carbon emissions is too expensive, a response likely to alarm net zero policy makers.

Of more than 1,000 businesses quizzed in a survey, 18.7% declared “implementing change is too costly for the business”.

The Scottish Government’s Business Insight and Conditions Survey found it was particularly challenging for small businesses and those in the manufacturing, accommodation and food services sector.

The research took place between 4 and 17 October, ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

It also showed small businesses were twice as likely as big firms to say green measures were unaffordable.

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