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News - 14 March 2007

Become a 'Climate Champion' and save money

A new government-funded scheme has been launched that aims to get businesses, particularly SMEs, to become climate champions. ‘Business Climate Champions’ is being led by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM), working in conjunction with Impetus Consulting. Funding has been provided by Defra through its Climate Challenge Fund.

UK SMEs consume around £6 billion of energy every year. 30% of this, amounting to over £1.8 billion, is reckoned to be wasted. Under this new scheme, the ATCM is asking businesses to make a pledge to save at least 25% of their business energy use. In return, businesses will receive formal accreditation as ‘Climate Champions’. Their names will be added to an official Roll of Honour and they will be entitled to use a logo that demonstrates to staff and clients that their business is proud to care about them and future generations.

Simon Quin, ATCM Chief Executive, comments, “Even though individual SMEs may not be big energy users, with energy prices constantly on the rise, fuel bills are becoming a more significant overhead for everyone. There are lots of inexpensive steps that every business can take to cut its bills. We want to get across the idea that ‘going green can help you stay out of the red’. By working together, we can really make a difference”.

Louise Quarrell, managing the project on behalf of Impetus Consulting Ltd, adds, “As well as making financial sense, cutting carbon emissions will also help the environment. Carbon emissions cause climate change, which Tony Blair has said is ‘the biggest threat we face’. SMEs are responsible for around 10.5 million tons of carbon dioxide every year.”

Businesses can make their pledge online at the scheme’s website The site also provides information about the effects of climate change and what businesses can do to cut their energy use.

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