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24 Nov 2010 12:11:09

Open shop doors 'waste 10 tonnes of carbon emissions'

Open shop doors 'waste 10 tonnes of carbon emissions'
British retailers could save up to ten tonnes of carbon each year if they were to shut their doors, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge suggested shops are wasting a significant amount of energy generating heat, which then escapes through open doors.

It was estimated that shops could slash their energy bills by up to 50 percent if they were to close their doors during the winter months.

The ten tonnes of carbon is equivalent to that produced by three flights between London and Hong Kong.

Commenting on the findings, Jeannie Dawkins, director of the Close the Doors Campaign, which commissioned the research, said: "It's time for retailers to acknowledge the massive contribution they are making to energy waste and carbon emissions if they heat the street."

The findings are based on the emissions of the independent Cambridge Toy shop and the branch of Ryman stationary shop in the city.

Foreign secretary William Hague and Professor Sir David King, a former government chief scientific adviser and director of Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford, have both pledged support for the Close the Doors campaign. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800253653-ADNFCR

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HerbEppel wrote:

25 Nov 2010

Leicester Friends of the Earth ran an open shop door campaign back in 1991 (which in 1993 became a national FoE day of action), complete with giant draught excluder, Top of the Shops Energy Wasters chart and campaigners eye-catchingly dressed as judges. Why it took almost 20 years for an official(?) Close the Doors Campaign to materialise is beyond me, but it is good to see some action at last.

25 Nov 2010

10 tonnes of carbon ? per shop / per year / per retailer. This is tiny........compared to total UK emissions. I hope you've got something wrong here - there must be some missing zeroes??

25 Nov 2010

I have often thought that rotating doors are less wastefull than ordinary hinged doors. I suppose they are expensive and take up space, but it would be useful to know how much they might save.
Tom Greeves.

mark daly wrote:

26 Nov 2010

some facts and figures here

planetcooler - I thought the article was confused too

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