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22 Aug, 2017
In one of our recent blogs, we focused on how environmentally friendly some of the corporate giants really are (see here). But how do SME’s compare?
Well, recent information from the Carbon Trust reveals that small businesses are largely in the dark about how to reduce their carbon footprint (and the significant financial savings that can be made in doing so). Further it revealed that they were unaware of the relatively small amount of effort required in doing so.
The Carbon Trust estimates that SMEs could save in the region of £400 million in energy costs and over 2.5 million tonnes of C02 by reducing their carbon footprint. Those are staggering figures and well worth SMEs sitting up and taking note.
But worryingly many SMEs do not regard energy efficiency in the work place as a key priority (finances, order fulfilment, employee issues, customer complaints and Brexit no doubt all creep higher up the list). Many SMEs do not have any plans in place to become more energy efficient.
We suspect that the reason that many SMEs dodge the issue of energy efficiency is because they mistakenly believe that implementing any efficiency measure will be time consuming, difficult and more importantly, costly.
However, there are significant small changes that can be made at a low cost that have a high impact – not just to your energy efficiency but crucially to your bottom line. Here we highlight some key things that can be implemented:
The key to all of the above is simple, small habit changes. As a rough guide, these could save you up to 1/3 on your energy costs as a result. Even if you are a sole trader, the some of the above are things that you can implement right from the start so that as you grow, energy efficiency is ingrained in your business processes.
So why not be one of the enlightened SME’s and start making some small changes today. If you implement any of the above, let us know how you get on and we promise to share your good news story with our readers.
If you are interested in going a step further and implementing a formal policy for reducing your environmental impact, have a chat with us about ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Call ISO Quality Services Client Services team on 01905 670303.
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