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16 Nov 2007 03:11:12

Office energy wastage ''a big problem''

Britain''s transition to a service economy has meant that energy wastage from offices is a growing problem, according to an environmental expert.

Over-lighting, leaving lights on and use of equipment including computers are all contributing to increasing levels of energy being wasted by offices and contributing to climate change, claimed Nicolas Schoon, editor of an Environmental Data Services report.

He highlighted the energy efficiency of many older commercial buildings as being a continuing problem, and called on people to take more a more active stance to ensure they reduce the energy wastage and carbon emissions of their office.

Mr Schoon said: "Energy use in offices is a very, very big deal. It''s very significant given that we''re not an industrial economy any more, we have a service economy and that''s how we get our wealth these days, sitting in offices looking at screens all day, and as a nation that uses up a hell of a lot of energy.

"It will only change if people care about it…we have people here who come round and put little notices on monitors which are left on at night…Certainly much more could be done about lighting and electronic equipment," he added.

Figures provided by Canon revealed that businesses waste £8.66 million annually as a result of not turning of office equipment.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18358852-ADNFCR

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