Over half of the high street pledge to become more energy efficient 16th December, 2011 Thomas Ridgley
New research from the British Retail Consortium has found that over half of the main players in the UK’s retail market are now signed up to the Carbon Trust Standard to pledge to reduce their carbon emissions.
The Carbon Trust estimates that 2% of the country’s carbon emissions come directly from the retail industry, but it is thought that the true amount of CO2 produced by retail could be much higher due to the indirect emissions.
Darran Messem, managing director of certification at the Carbon Trust, said: “Heat, light, refrigeration and distribution for retail outlets drive energy consumption, carbon emissions and operating costs.”
“I am encouraged that more and more retailers in the UK are recognising the reputational and economic benefits of cutting their carbon emissions”, he continued.
A number of large retailers have cut their emissions in recent years after becoming part of the scheme. The John Lewis Partnership has managed to make significant carbon reductions by changing process and installing new equipment; as a whole the partnership has improved energy efficiency by 4.4% since 2007/8, and this has been mainly driven by the installation of more energy efficient refrigeration units.
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From an initial environmental audit, our energy efficiency advisors can suggest different ways for you to reduce CO2 emissions across your business. One of the simplest ways is to encourage employees to do their part by switching off lights, and if you want to make even larger reductions installing a voltage optimisation unit can help reduce the total electricity your business uses by up to 18%. Contact the experts at Apollo Enviro today to find out more information on reducing your carbon footprint.