The British Chamber of Commerce (BritChaM) recognises
that climate change is one of the most important challenges today. Population
growth, economic growth and development are factors affecting our planet.
Combating climate change is a priority for BritChaM so we are aligned to the 1.5°C Paris Agreement and this message
is often conveyed to all our employees and members.
We understand that private sector innovation,
investment and knowledge are key to meeting this challenge and promoting
sustainable and inclusive growth. As the British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico,
representing the British-Mexican business community, we understand the
importance of our role as a chamber and the actions of our members.
We are proud that Mexico was recognized by the United Kingdom
in 2015 for its effort to achieve its mitigation and adaptation goals, since
both countries have the fight against climate change as a priority.
INSIDE THE CHAMBER
BritChaM has made internal efforts within its
facilities to combat climate change:
assigned a bicycle parking lot, allowing our employees and customers to park
their bikes safely and be one less car on Mexican streets.
- We ban
water bottles for meetings, using only a pitcher and glasses.
monitor the use of light and air to prevent it from being left on during the
night causing excessive and unnecessary energy waste.
prohibit the use of disposables for our meetings and activities.
recycle paper where possible and promote the use of technology to avoid
unnecessary printing, for example:
mail meeting minutes days in advance.
project the agenda of the meeting in the meeting rooms instead of giving it out
- At our
most important event called Energy Day (where we have over 500 attendees), we
created an online platform for our guests to see the program and profiles of
our speakers so that they wouldn’t give out this printed information.
COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT
While BritChaM believes that climate change must be a
priority for companies in each sector, within our membership we have a strong
representation of energy companies who are important players in creating the
change needed to combat climate change.
Our Green Power Group is one of the most active
BritChaM groups and has a vision,
be a group that influences and impacts decision-making in the renewable energy
sector in Mexico, generating efficient and innovative solutions.
Green Power Group has organised activities and
approached the Mexican and British governments to actively promote the use of
renewable energies on a large scale, mainly in Mexico. They promote advances
and best practices among their members to move closer to the goal set out in
the General Law on Climate Change.
BritChaM also has an energy group made up of some of
the most important players in the Mexican sector. We have seen how private
companies (many of them being our partners) have taken a lead in applying
international best practices for GHG mitigation, often going beyond the
requirements established in Mexican law.
year, Shell organises an Eco-marathon,
which is a competition between Asia, Europe and America, challenging students
from every continent to design, build and finally drive a vehicle with the
highest possible energy efficiency.
Many of our members are large companies with
large-scale production and we understand that their actions will be extremely
important in the fight against climate change. We are proud of the leadership
you have taken
with its Sustainable Living Plan,
commitments to source from renewable energy sources in Mexico,
actions of the IHG hotel group including the prohibition of plastic bottles in
We seek to communicate and share these practices among
our members. Our marketing team and the entire BritChaM team understand the
values and best practices we promote so that we all work together to achieve
our shared goals. These guidelines are contained in our Code of Ethics which is
shared with all members of the BritChaM team.