UK SMEs Are Leading the Way Out Of the EU to Boost Energy Efficiency 29th March, 2012 Thomas Ridgley
British businesses are going to the greatest efforts to go green and reduce their carbon emissions, according to a recent study.
Findings by the European Commission show that when compared with their EU counterparts, UK SMEs are amongst those leading the way to boost energy efficiency and save resources.
A new Eurobarometer survey revealed that 83% of businesses in the UK are taking action to save energy in contrast to 64% in the EU. And the report suggests that more effort will be made by British companies than any EU SME to save waste and energy over the next couple of years.
The study found that nearly 90% of UK firms plan to increase their exertions to recycle more and minimise waste; and more than 80% propose to do more to save energy. What is more, 27% intend to increase their use of green energy by the year 2014 such as solar panels and renewable energy.
What is the main reason cited for becoming environmentally friendly? Money. According to the findings, financial incentives like the Government’s Feed-in-Tariff scheme are the key motives to being conservational. A third reported that they were driven by the company’s commitment to limit impact on the environment.
Antonio Tajani, European Commission vice president for industry and entrepreneurship, said: “I am happy to see that SMEs are taking on this huge untapped potential, which will pay off with more innovation, more competitive SMEs and more jobs. However, there is still a lot of work to do.”
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