SMEs equipped with a specialized climate check to kick-start their climate transformation



Berlin, Oktober 12th, 2022 – Climate tech startup The Climate Choice, today releases a digital and freely available Climate Readiness Check in partnership with 10 leading sustainability organizations, including B.A.U.M. e.V., Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft e.V. (BNW), Foundation Development and Climate Alliance, Jaro Institute for Sustainability and Digitalization e.V., and the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (DMB). The Climate Readiness Check offers SMEs an easy entry point into their climate transformation: through knowledge and insights into their own climate maturity, benchmarks, suggestions for improvement, and basic access to a B2B climate intelligence platform.

SMEs comprise approximately 90% of all businesses globally and accordingly play a key role in achieving the 1.5 degree target. Emissions from companies are typically 11.4 times higher in the supply chain than directly in operations – many large companies therefore channel their climate protection requirements along the supply chain to their suppliers, often SMEs. Climate action is thus one of the top priorities for SMEs today, as customer inquiries and international climate reporting standards are increasingly demanding effective action. However, many SMEs still lack the necessary resources (know-how, tools, time and costs) to familiarize themselves with the various aspects of climate transformation and to create a concrete roadmap based on this. This is where the low-threshold Climate Readiness Check comes in and provides an initial orientation into the most important dimensions of corporate climate protection as well as potential fields of action, all within the framework of a 5-minute digital self-test.

Lara Obst, Founder and Chief Climate Officer at The Climate Choice: “For a successful climate transformation, it is not enough to focus only on CO2 calculations. Companies of all sizes and industries need to address all five dimensions of climate management: Governance, Strategy, Transparency, Metrics and Targets, and Decarbonization Actions. That’s why we’re building our data-driven climate intelligence platform that empowers companies to successfully drive their transformation in all key areas. The free Climate Readiness Check offers an easy entry point and first step towards holistic climate management.”

Steffen Kawohl, energy transition officer at Deutscher Mittelstands-Bund (DMB) e.V.: “Climate friendliness is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). On the way to climate-neutral operation, the Climate Readiness Check is a useful and low-threshold aid.”

Phoebe Köster, energy and climate policy officer at the Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft e.V.: “For a holistic change towards a sustainable economy, tools are needed that provide SMEs with an initial orientation on how they can transform their business in a climate-compatible way. For this challenge, The Climate Choice has developed a practical solution. The Climate Readiness Check is an accessible tool for SMEs that enables a new push in the strategic pursuit of climate targets in SMEs.”

About the Climate Readiness Check
The free Climate Readiness Check is accessible for companies and enterprises of any size. Carried out in less than 5 minutes, it empowers companies to get an easy understanding of its climate maturity, to benchmark with peers and discover quick wins to improve. It also grants basic access to the Climate Intelligence Platform, where like-minded companies can network on the common goal of achieving a low carbon economy.

About The Climate Choice
The Climate Choice is the leading climate intelligence platform for streamlining, managing and reporting climate-related business data. We help companies and their suppliers to collaborate on decarbonization by gaining insights, discovering best practices and fulfilling climate disclosure requirements.

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