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Professor Richard Blundel, Professor of Enterprise and Organisation at the Open University has recently joined the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) ‘SME Net Zero Working Group’.

The group meets monthly to discuss UK Government initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from smaller businesses, with their current focus a promotional campaign, linked to the international SME Climate Hub initiative, which aims to recruit large numbers of SMEs in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November.

Richard has also been invited to draft two ‘SOTA’ (state-of-the-art) reviews for the UK’s Enterprise Research Centre on eco-innovation and the greening of SMEs, to be published later this year. These are short reports, written in accessible language, that draw together the latest evidence, identify research gaps and address key policy questions.



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