The Carbon Trust is a private company set up by the UK Government to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by developing commercial low carbon technologies and working with business and the public sector to reduce carbon emissions.
This month the Carbon Trust announced that UK businesses could save £1.4 billion ($2.7 billion) and more than 11 millions tonnes of CO2 in 2008 through implementing simple low or no cost energy efficiency measures such as:
- Measure your company’s carbon footprint to benchmark progress;
- Replace inefficient lights - changing tungsten light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps will save 75% of energy used for lighting;
- Switch off PCs – Switching off just one PC out of hours, instead of leaving it on 24 hours a day, will save £35 ($69) a year;
- Switch off all non essential equipment - A typical office for one night will save enough energy to run a small car for 100 miles;
- Reduce heating – lowering the temperature by just one degree would reduce the heating bill for a typical office by up to 8% a year and save enough energy to print over 40million sheets of A4 paper;
- Fit timers – Seven-day timers fitted to water coolers, vending machines and gaming machines can reduce energy consumption by up to 70%;