Firms urged to improve energy efficiency

Businesses need to be smarter about the way they use energy and reduce their carbon footprint as well as their costs, it has been claimed.

It is “good business” to be smarter about the way energy is used, according to Ian Cheshire, chief executive of B&Q’s parent company Kingfisher.

He was responding to a recent survey by the Carbon Trust, which indicated that around half of businesses are concerned about the impact that energy hikes will have on them in an unstable economy.

Respondents in the construction, manufacturing and hospitality industries were most concerned about the potential impact of high energy prices.

However, just over 70 of the 700 businesses surveyed said that they were concerned about possible changes to environmental legislation.

But Mr Cheshire suggested that businesses take their eco-friendly responsibilities more seriously.

He said: “It cuts costs, makes us more efficient and improves our reputation with customers.

“I would encourage any business that has yet to embark on the energy efficiency journey to pick up the phone and book in a Carbon Trust survey.”

Last month, the Carbon Trust provided funding to a new project to develop LED lighting technology that could replace light bulbs in offices by 2012, helping to improve businesses carbon footprints and improve energy efficiency.ADNFCR-2805-ID-19586612-ADNFCR

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