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06 Sep 2010 12:09:04

B&Q helps staff reduce carbon footprints

B&Q helps staff reduce carbon footprints
DIY retailer B&Q has taken steps to help its 30,000 employees lower their carbon footprints with a new eco incentive.

Over the next three months all staff members will be able to take advantage of energy-saving incentives, such as discounts on insulation and energy-saving light bulbs and thermostats.

A dedicated online forum has also been launched to encourage staff to share their green tips and prizes will be given out for the best ideas.

The programme is being launched as part of B&Q's endorsement of the Prince of Wales' Start initiative and it is hoped it will save £4.2 million and over 19 million kg of carbon dioxide.

Euan Sutherland, chief executive officer of B&Q and Kingfisher UK, said: "We want to make it easier for our colleagues and customers to green up their homes and we hope our support of the Prince of Wales' Start initiative, together with the investment we are making in special discounts on eco products for our employees will mean as many of us as possible will be able to make a start in our own homes."

The Start initiative was launched in February 2010 and aims to teach UK residents how to live a low carbon lifestyle.

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10 Sep 2010

Employee engagement opportunities like this are fantastic. Foundation launched a similar incentive with over 72 companies in the UK. Companies such as Brother UK, Northern Foods, Warburtons, Enterprise Plc are all offering their employees discounts on Home Insulation and other renewable energy and energy efficient products. This was orginally for the Northwest region and was for a limited 120,000 employees. This has now expanded to covering 65% of the country and will be offerred to over 250,000 employees over the 12 month programme. To see if you can offer these same discounts to your own employees please visit our website http://foundation.climatefund.org.uk/news/121

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