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Green tools for businesses

07th June 2007

Energy experts shared a wide range of environmental methods with 100 businesses in Rickmansworth on Thursday (7 June).

Speaking ahead of the event at Watersmeet, Council Leader Ann Shaw, said:

"I'm very encouraged by the enthusiasm for energy saving in the business sector. Firms of all sizes understand that thinking green is not only good for their image but that they can make a genuine saving of money and other resources, reduce landfill and help combat global warming."

"These conferences provide plenty of cutting edge ideas for businesses to develop a green tool box to help them do their bit. We will be holding more information events in the future and we welcome direct enquiries from firms."

According to the Carbon Trust, firms can start saving money without any cost:

  • Measure how much energy you're using
  • Unless you know what you're paying, you won't know what impact the changes make.
  • Switch off equipment when you're not using it
  • On average offices waste £6,000 each year by leaving equipment on over weekends and bank holidays.
  • Speak to your colleagues about saving energy
  • You need to lead by example, but it's also important to make it a team effort. Ask employees where they think energy is being wasted, and encourage them to think about how they can all use less.

Thursday's conference included speakers from Three Rivers District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, the Green Herts Partnership, the Solar Trade Association, and the Kings Langley-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES).

Neil Turner, from RES, said:

"Our award-winning zero-carbon headquarters in Kings Langley has shown just what businesses can do. We have cut emissions by generating heat and power from a range of on-site renewable energy technologies and used sustainable design principles to bring a derelict but much-loved historical building back into use. Green energy technologies can provide secure and clean power in a cost-effective way."

More advice for businesses is available from National Energy Services 01908 6727 87 www.nesltd.co.uk and from the Carbon Trust 0800 085 2005 www.carbontrust.co.uk

Businesses can contact Three Rivers District Council on 01923 776611 enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk

The Government has said it is committed to cutting the UK's carbon emissions by 60% by the year 2050.