By Oliver Smith on Monday 1 March 2021
Going for green.
Fifteen UK CEOs, including several notable fintechs, have joined forces to create a ‘Tech Zero taskforce’ with shared commitments for environmental goals like reaching net-zero carbon emissions.
The taskforce is the brainchild of energy provider Bulb, whose CEO and co-founder Hayden Wood will lead the group that includes the bosses of Starling Bank, Revolut, Wise, Onfido, Habito and GoCardless.
Wood’s plan is for the CEOs to host a launch summit in the coming months and agree on commitments on carbon emissions, green investment and helping customers make greener choices.
After that, the commitments will be opened up with the aim of getting 1,000 UK tech companies to agree to them before the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this year.
“We need bold action to avert the climate crisis, so we’ve brought together the UK’s most exciting and innovative tech companies to determine the best path to net-zero as fast as possible,” said Wood.
“Tech Zero will go beyond targets - we want to boost access to finance and make the UK the number one destination for green investment in the world.”
Tech Nation has already come out in support of the group, and Andrew Griffith MP, the UK’s net-zero business champion, who praised the taskforce’s creation:
“The UK is one of the global leaders in technology so it's fantastic to see our country's leading tech companies come together to commit to net zero in the run-up to COP26.”