27 Oct 2010 10:10:06
Carbon Trust to help car dealers cut CO2
The Carbon Trust is joining forces with two motor industry associations to help car dealers cut their carbon footprint.
Some 30 dealerships from all major motor manufacturers will be visited by the trust. The dealerships will all be of various sizes, types and occupy different styles of buildings to allow for a proper representation of the industry.
It is thought that car dealerships will be able to save 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year and cut their annual energy bills by £6 million.
Findings from the project, which is being carried out in partnership with The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), will then be published in a report in January 2011 for the whole industry.
Steve Latham, operations manager for the RMI, said: "Today we sell and promote many new cars with very efficient engines, producing lower CO2 emissions, therefore it is imperative we do everything possible to reduce energy consumption in our dealerships and reduce our costs in these difficult trading conditions."
Research conducted by the Carbon Trust recently showed consumers are being drawn to green products, with 90 percent of households buying a carbon labelled product in the past year.