21 February 2024

Salisbury business celebrated at COP26 climate change summit

A farming technology business based in West Dean, Salisbury, will be highly commended in the ‘Heroes of Net Zero’ competition today at the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow.

More than 160 businesses entered the competition, making a commitment at the UK Business Climate Hub to achieve net-zero by 2050, in line with the government’s own climate commitment.

Small Robot Company, a robotics and AI firm, based in West Dean, Wiltshire, were highly commended in the small business category for demonstrating a range of measures taken on their journey to net-zero, including sourcing materials from sustainable suppliers, creating products and packaging with recycled materials and powering their robots and laptops using recycled batteries and solar power.

The business has created a new model for regenerative and profitable farming called Per Plant Farming using robotics and AI. The new model provides intelligence to farmers on the condition of every plant in a crop field.

Ben Scott-Robinson, CEO and co-founder at Small Robot Company, said, “Our company is on a mission to help farmers feed the world while regenerating the planet. Creating a sustainable future for agriculture also means creating a sustainable path towards it.

“We are on cloud nine to be attending COP26 as finalists. For us, net-zero is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet today. It is an honour to be amongst innovative businesses looking to go green and reduce their impact“.

According to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy data, agriculture, forestry and fishing are responsible for 10% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Small Robot Company won over the competition judges for their ambitions to create a sustainable future for agriculture and for highlighting how small actions can make big differences when it comes to cutting emissions.

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Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty