Virus scare makes more business bosses conscious of environment

Two thirds of Britain’s business leaders say they are now more environmentally conscious in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research released today.

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The survey, jointly commissioned by energy suppliers Opus Energy and Haven Power, part of Drax Group, found leaders are having to make bolder decisions as they prepare for a brave new business world. Two thirds said that their own leadership requires a greater degree of bravery in decision making since the pandemic.

The news comes as the UK begins to move out of lockdown and businesses identify processes for the new world. Although over half (59 per cent) said the pandemic has increased the importance of sustainability, the need to stabilise their business is holding them back from making bigger leaps in the sustainability agenda.

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Three quarters of those questioned feel they need to run their businesses differently, with a focus on new ways of working, and almost half (48 per cent) are looking to offer the option of working from home as they seek to provide employees with more flexibility.

Paul Sheffield, managing director of Drax’s customer’s businesses, said: “Dealing with Covid-19 and the climate emergency is the greatest challenge the world has possibly ever faced.

“Business leaders recognise they need to be braver and more agile in their decision making to manage short-term priorities of stabilising their businesses and protecting employees, but they also realise that as we navigate out of lockdown, it’s more important than ever to make sure sustainability is at the heart of their operations.

“Drax is committed to enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future. We are working with our customers as an energy partner, enabling them to become more sustainable, to reduce their emissions by using renewable electricity, EVs, batteries and smart technologies which are better for the environment but can also have a positive impact on their bottom line as well.”