Empower staff with carbon saving

Businesses can now improve their energy savings through an online tool created by the Carbon Trust. ‘Empower’ allows staff to make practical decisions through an interactive tour of a typical […]

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By Tom Gibson

Businesses can now improve their energy savings through an online tool created by the Carbon Trust. ‘Empower’ allows staff to make practical decisions through an interactive tour of a typical workplace.

The Carbon Trust says the new tool could save UK businesses and public bodies £500 million across the UK if companies encourage their employees to make energy saving efforts. Such measures include changing how they get to work, making sure they turn off equipment at their desk and using teleconference rather than international travel, for example.

Richard Rugg, Director of Carbon Trust Programmes said: “Companies often struggle to harness the huge energy savings that an effectively engaged workforce can help deliver… Employees are a critical ally in cutting energy waste. Get them on board and reap the rewards in lower bills and reduced carbon emissions.”

A typical small business has the potential to save over 15% of their energy bill, or £6000 per year.