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Carbon trust ‘One Million A Day’ Campaign to save UK Businesses £1 billion through climate change action

The new ‘One Million A Day’ campaign has been launched by the Carbon Trust, urging businesses to join up and beat recession by taking cost saving actions in their energy management. The campaign is supported by a number business groups, leading companies, industry bodies and environmental groups.  

The Carbon Trust says that at least £1 million a day can be saved by reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, and most businesses can save up to 20% on their energy bills implementing no cost or low cost action on energy efficiency. The campaign aims to save the UK economy £1bn over the next three years and reduce carbon emissions by at least 17m tonnes.
 
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband said:
“We are no longer choosing between what’s good for business and what’s good for the environment. By taking action now to reduce energy use and cut carbon from our goods and services, British business has the opportunity to not only save money and create jobs, but set us on the path to becoming an innovative low carbon economy.”
 
Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust said:
“As UK companies look for strategies to weather the recession it makes business sense to join the Carbon Trust campaign to cut costs by cutting carbon. We want to take £1 billion off the energy bills of UK plc over the next three years by saving at least £1m a day through cutting carbon emissions.  All businesses – whether big or small - should realise easy cost savings by taking sensible energy efficiency measures. Every business should be asking how much cash their company can save by cutting carbon.”
 
The Carbon Trust has identified three key areas for immediate action:
 
Energy Management – Last year UK businesses working with the Carbon Trust implemented energy saving measures including metering and monitoring, staff awareness and setting board level policies to effectively identify opportunities and monitor results, that will save over £64 million a year

Improved Lighting – Installing controls, replacing and upgrading lamps to energy efficient versions and installing motion detectors are a few examples of action that will enable over £11 million worth of savings in one year

Efficient Heating – Upgrading inefficient boilers, installing controls, improving insulation and improving maintenance schedules will lead to savings of over £8.5 million a year.
 
The Carbon Trust also provides Top Tips to Save Energy:
 
Good Energy Management
·         Set a company policy and target
·         Train your staff - A single computer and monitor left on 24 hours a day will cost over £50 a year. Switching them off out of hours and enabling standby features could reduce this to £15 a year each and prolong the lifespan of equipment
·         Measure how much energy you’re using - Unless you know what you’re paying, you won’t know what impact the changes make. Keep track of your bills, and how they change when you introduce our energy-saving tips.
 
Improved Lighting
·         Lighting control – artificial lighting can be automatically controlled through daylight sensors, motion detectors and zoned controls to switch of lighting in unoccupied areas - could cut your lighting costs by as much as 15%
·         Replace high wattage filament lamps or tungsten halogen lamps with compact fluorescent lamps or metal halide lamps to make energy savings of 65-75%
·         Make the most of natural light - Cleaning windows and skylights regularly will allow maximum daylight to enter the building and significantly reduce the need for electric lighting.
 
Efficient Heating
·         Temperature control – keep your thermostat set at the minimum comfort level. Your heating costs will go up by 8% each time you increase the temperature by just one degree
·         Keep the thermostat away from draughts or hot and cold spots - these will all affect the thermostat and automatically increase your heating costs
·         Don’t put equipment that generates large amounts of heat, like photocopiers, near cooling vents - the cooling system will need to work harder to cool an area that is constantly being heated
·         Maintain your equipment properly - If you don’t regularly check your heating equipment, you could be adding as much as 10% to your heating bill without knowing it.
 
 
Source: Carbon Trust Press Release, 05 February 2009, Campaign to boost economy by £1 billion through climate change action, available at http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/News/presscentre/one-million-a-day.htm
 

 






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