Zero Emissions Network to host business breakfast

Cycle hire bicycles. The Zero Emissions Network is promoting 50% off Santander cycle hire memberships. Photo: Oast House Archive (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Cycle hire bicycles. The Zero Emissions Network is promoting 50% off Santander cycle hire memberships. Photo: Oast House Archive (CC BY-SA 2.0)

An organisation that aims to reduce emissions in Islington is to host a networking event with businesses.

The ZEN Business Breakfast, which takes place on Tuesday 27 March and is organised by the Zero Emissions Network, will focus on the work of the Global Action Plan which co-ordinated the UK’s first Clear Air Day in June.

Larissa Lockwood, head of health and air quality at Global Action Plan, will speak at the free event, offering advice on how to build a successful campaign. The Zero Emissions Network will also discuss how its campaign to promote 50% off Santander cycle hire memberships.

A spokesperson for Zero Emissions Network said: “Building an effective campaign is crucial for anyone looking to communicate a message or change behaviour, whether it is with colleagues, clients or the public, being able to plan and execute campaigns is an essential business skill. This is the perfect opportunity to hear expert speakers as well as to network with like-minded businesses.”

The Zero Emissions Network, established in 2012, has over 1,500 members and aims to help businesses save money and reduce emissions. It has been involved in a range of local projects in the borough, particularly in helping businesses make the switch to cycling.

The network is supported by the Mayor of London and Islington Council, which has recently introduced a £3 million scheme to increase the number of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. This will fund three refuse and recycling trucks, five heavy vans, a street sweeper and an accessible community transport bus.

CNG fuel can be used in place of diesel or petrol and is made by compressing natural gas. The majority of the CNG for use in Islington’s vehicles will come from biomethane generated from food waste.

Alongside the increase roll-out of CNG vehicles a further 60 light vans and cars will also be replaced with full electric or hybrid models, as part of a planned renewal cycle.