04 Nov 2009 12:11:10
UK firms urged to contribute to low carbon economy
Businesses in the UK could save themselves money as well as help the UK step closer to a low carbon economy by being more energy efficient, the government has claimed.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) cited research from WRAP, which revealed that 47 percent of businesses recognise they could make savings of more than £100,000 through low and no cost energy efficiency measures.
Businesses could contribute up to ten percent towards the UK's greenhouse emissions targets for 2020 by being more eco-friendly, the government advised.
Hilary Benn, environment secretary, said: "Sustainability is the key not only to the environment but to business success."
"There are opportunities here in the UK too in the low carbon and environmental goods and services, where we currently have just over three per cent of the global market."
A number of tips have been given to businesses on how to be more energy efficient by the government.
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