Poor energy efficiency to cost business 570m


Inadequate energy efficiency measures will cost UK businesses £570 million this summer, according to new figures.

The Carbon Trust, a government-funded body that promotes greener energy use, said businesses could waste up to 15 per cent of their total energy spend over the summer months.

Businesses are being urged to review their energy efficiency procedures to save money and help reduce the harmful emissions blamed for climate change.

According to the Carbon Trust, businesses account for 45 per cent of the UK's carbon emissions.

"British businesses are wasting millions on energy, hitting the environment and their bottom line," warned Tom Delay, the trust's chief executive.

"The sheer scale of the energy wasted is staggering and something businesses can no longer afford to ignore."

He added: "Energy saving today is a no-brainer for business and the environment."

The Carbon Trust today launched a £4 million television and newspaper advertising campaign to promote energy efficiency among businesses and public sector organisations.

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