12 May 2009 01:05:47
Office equipment key to greater commercial carbon performance
Businesses could save money and reduce their carbon emissions output by reassessing the way that they manage office equipment, it has been claimed.
According to document imaging company Kyocera Mita, which manufactures digital copiers and laser printers, such equipment accounts for 15 percent of a typical office's energy consumption.
Speaking at the Green Information Technology 2009 Conference and Exhibition, the company's director of brand and reputation, Tracey Rawling Church, cited research from the Carbon Trust which forecasts that this number is set to rise in the future.
"This is one area where you can make significant improvements to your company's carbon performance," she said.
Ms Rawling Church also urged businesses to engage with the UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) "promptly" in order to receive the most financial reward from the various government incentives targeting proactive organisations.
She added: "There actually isn't any downside to this legislation if you comply with it early and engage with it fully."
Announced in 2007, the CRC is an emissions trading scheme scheduled to commence in April 2010 that will encourage businesses to reduce their carbon footprint by placing a price on emissions not already covered by the EU Emissions Trading System.
Participants will have to purchase allowances to cover their emissions each year. Overall, it is expected that the scheme will achieve commercial emissions reductions of four million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2020.http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/uk/busi...