Npower Reports CO2 Reduction Not A Business Priority In Current
on: May 7, 2009, 10:03 am
has released data that shows more than eight out of ten businesses
feel that Government targets to reduce CO2 emissions are unrealistic,
with many not seeing the benefit of a small carbon footprint and
relegating carbon reduction measures to concentrate on managing
are among the findings of the npower Business
Energy Index, an annual report tracking business opinion on
energy use and carbon emissions.
this latest index, the majority of businesses (83%) said the target
to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050 was unrealistic. Attitudes
on the potential commercial opportunities of a small carbon footprint
are equally downbeat; only 31% think new business will occur as
a result of reducing emissions, compared to 47% in npower's 2008
findings also reveal that the economic downturn is leading businesses
to prioritise finances over CO2 reduction; 97% said they are currently
more concerned with reducing costs than emissions.
of businesses believe it is still important for the UK to take
a leading role in reducing global emissions. This is a drop from
the 2008 index in which 88% of businesses backed the Government’s
emission reduction plans.
these opinions the Business
Energy Index reveals a renewed focus on energy efficiency
measures, with the importance attached to energy efficiency at
its highest level since 2005. Furthermore 80% of businesses say
they are likely to increase energy efficiency initiatives and,
while this was primarily for cost benefit, the same measures would
also lead to emission reduction.
efficiency was also rated as the most popular action for businesses
to take to reduce emissions, with 43% giving this answer ahead
of changing processes (22%) or switching to a green tariff (18%).
However, the Index suggests that more needs to be done to support
businesses, with 51% of those questioned saying they thought the
Government did not offer enough useful advice on the issues of
reduction and energy efficiency.
Lynch-Williams, director of energy services at npower, said: "The
Index shows that most businesses do not see the commercial benefits
from having a small carbon footprint, but we can’t escape
the fact that climate change legislation and the strength of public
feeling means that CO2 reduction remains important. The Government
has set the UK on a path toward a low carbon economy and must
now continue to stress to businesses the opportunities that will
come from low carbon operations.
efficiency is an excellent way to save money and it’s encouraging
that many businesses are looking at this to reduce costs. While
it’s understandable that businesses are more focused on
the bottom-line in the current economic crisis, we would encourage
them to see energy
management as an effective means of reducing emissions as
well as costs.
advice to businesses is to make energy efficiency a priority now
and in the long term."
Notes to Editor:
In-depth telephone interviews were conducted in January 2009 with
a representative sample of 300 UK businesses, comprising 200 small-to-medium-sized
enterprises (SMEs) with significant energy usage and 100 major
energy users (MEUs).
npower Business Energy Index (nBEI) is sponsored by npower, in
association with the Major Energy Users Council (MEUC) and Federation
of Small Businesses (FSB). The nBEI is designed and executed by
Moffatt Associates, an independent research consultancy.
npower is one of the top energy suppliers to the UK business market,
serving over 230,000 small to medium sized enterprise sites and
around 15,000 industrial and commercial customers, with over 100,000
is dedicated to helping UK businesses use energy more efficiently
and therefore spend less money on their bills.
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