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Joint statement on UK-U . S . dialogue on future of Atlantic trade in Aberdeen
On April 25 and 26 United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan and United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai hosted the second UK-U . S . Dialogue on the Future of Atlantic Trade in Aberdeen , Scotland . The Dialogue follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Biden ’ s announcement last year of a new ‘ Atlantic Charter ’ and builds on the successful inaugural Trade Dialogue in Baltimore earlier in March .
Secretary of State Trevelyan and Ambassador Tai agreed to collaborate further on : delivering practical support for SMEs , digitising UK-U . S . trade in the modern economy , building resilience in critical supply chains , addressing the global trade impacts of Russia ’ s invasion of Ukraine , promoting environmental protection and the transition to net zero , supporting high labour and environmental standards , and promoting innovation and inclusive economic growth for workers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic .
Over the two days , Secretary of State Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Ambassador Katherine Tai hosted a series of roundtable discussions with a diverse group of stakeholders from the UK and U . S . business community , trade unions and civil society , in addition to bilateral discussions between UK and U . S . officials .
Drawing on the stakeholder discussions and bilateral talks in Aberdeen and Baltimore , Secretary of State Anne- Marie Trevelyan and Ambassador Katherine Tai directed their teams to work at pace over the next several weeks to develop an ambitious roadmap with economically meaningful outcomes , including in the areas of :
Supporting SMEs to trade - Support and enhance UK-U . S . SME trade , by collaborating to identify and overcome barriers to trade , focusing on trade facilitation for SMEs , sharing and promoting best practice , and working together on activities to promote and support SMEs , including those owned by under-represented groups and women entrepreneurs , and those in disadvantaged communities . We intend to harness the June UK-U . S . SME Dialogue in Boston to help achieve these objectives .
Harnessing the benefits of digital trade - Advance outcomes in digital trade that benefit businesses , including SMEs , workers and consumers by supporting the digitalisation of trading systems and transactions . The UK and U . S . will also seek to build on the G7 Digital Trade Principles .
Levelling up and worker-centric trade - Work to develop more durable and inclusive trade policies that demonstrate that trade can be a force for good and create more opportunities for people and gender equity across the UK and U . S . Support the protection of labour rights and tackle forced labour globally .
Supporting resilient supply chains - Collaborate on promoting critical supply chain resilience to help ensure strong and robust supply chains , bringing together expertise from both our nations .
Food security - Support open , predictable , rules-based agricultural trade to mitigate supply chain disruptions and restore global food security imperilled by Russian aggression in Ukraine . Continue to cooperate closely through the current crisis and other issues impacting agricultural supply chains , to help ensure more resilient , efficient and sustainable food systems against future shocks , and to promote the availability of safe , affordable foods for consumers worldwide .
Supporting the environment and climate action - Deepen cooperation on trade and the environment , with work to promote decarbonising our economies consistent with COP26 outcomes , exchanging information , and developing joint approaches to environment and trade , supporting businesses , green jobs and the growth of lowcarbon economies .
COMMITTEE CONTENT: NET ZERO DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A ZERO SUM
Net Zero Doesn't Have to Be A
Head of Business Development, BT
Legislation, activist consumers,
science-based targets, changes to the way
we do things and a sense of running out
of time. These are scary thoughts when it
comes to how we make our organisations
more sustainable. There is no instant
panacea to saving the world but there are
ways in which organisations can take a leap
rather than a baby step.
At BT, we have brought forward our
sustainability targets and are putting a lot
more focus into our efforts to reach net zero
on carbon emissions. Our BT Group
Manifesto outlines our commitment to be
net zero by 2030, as well as committing to
help our customers save 60m tCO2e (tonnes
of carbon dioxide equivalent) by 2030. The
biggest challenge to net zero is the business
case; with every change comes a cost.to be a zero sum scenario. But it doesn’t
have to be. Organizations can banish the
zero sum scenario by making smart choices
on where to focus and the IT division can take
the lead. How? By focusing in on the energy
consumption of IT assets that are not in
Cost benefit analysis, legislative drivers and
stakeholder coordination can prove a
daunting task. Investment is needed and so
you win on achieving sustainability objec-
tives but lose on the P&L in what can appearLet’s take a closer look at the energy hungry
data centre environment which in Singapore
alone constitutes 7% of all electricity
consumption a fact which has halted further
data centres being created for now. Most of
the focus to date has been on the
physical environment: the cooling systems,
the air-conditioning, lighting etc.
Recently we have been working with our
partners Intel and QiO to reduce the energy
consumption in our green data centres.
5-15% total energy reduction. Saving money
by adding to the bottom line of an
organisation’s financial health, and best
of all with a potential ROI in as little as two
Our findings are too good to keep to
ourselves and so, in line with our
commitment to help others on their net zero
journey, we are offering to help others take
this leap on their journey too.
To find out more about BT’s net zero journey
you can read this blog:
The role of digitalisation in the race to net
zero | BT's Global unit or contact the author
The physical environment might be
sustainable, but the racks of servers are still
energy hungry. By their very nature, servers
are connected so gathering the telemetry
data from them and using AI to decide which
cores can be powered down is achievable.
Energy savings can be identified in as little
as six weeks and are typically in the range of
COMMITTEE CONTENT: NET ZERO DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A ZERO SUM