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News - 21 June 2006

Carbon set to cost UK businesses £570m this summer

Wasted energy will cost UK businesses £570 million this summer, owing to poor energy efficiency according to new figures released by the Carbon Trust. This means that even in the summer months businesses are wasting 15 per cent of total energy spend, which could be cost effectively saved.

Wasted summer energy emits over 8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to Birmingham’s annual carbon emissions and enough to fill the new Wembley stadium a thousand times. As carbon emissions are the key cause of climate change, and business is responsible for up to 45 per cent of all carbon emissions in the UK, the Carbon Trust urges all companies to act now to improve energy efficiency and reduce the cost of carbon.

The ‘cost of carbon’ lies at the heart of a new £4million television and newspaper campaign launched by the Carbon Trust which highlights the significant amount of energy that is used and wasted by businesses through failing to prioritise cost effective energy efficiency measures. Energy prices have soared in the last two years and are continuing to rise, damaging the bottom line and posing a serious threat to business competitiveness. The campaign encourages businesses to contact the Carbon Trust and seek help in cutting energy costs and carbon emissions ahead of the critical winter period.

The new research also looks at the summer energy used and wasted by businesses across ten UK cities and key manufacturing and service sectors. Across manufacturing, including the food and drink and chemical sectors, the amount of energy spent is £1.8 billion, of which 12 per cent (£226 million) is wasted. In the service sector, industries such as wholesale and retail and leisure are spending £1.6 billion, of which 19 per cent (£305 million) is wasted during the summer.

Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust, said: “British businesses are wasting millions on energy, hitting the environment and their bottom line. The sheer scale of the energy wasted is staggering and something businesses can no longer afford to ignore. What’s more, consumers and shareholders alike are becoming more aware of a company’s environmental record and this trend is only going to grow. Today’s campaign will empower companies to make business sense of climate change by taking cost effective action – to cut carbon and make significant savings on their bottom line. Energy saving today is a no brainer for business and the environment.”

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