Cut Carbon Costs with Online Tool

Cut Carbon Costs with Online ToolResearch from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last year found that British businesses reporting their greenhouse gas (GHG) enissions tend to experience a number of "knock on" benefits.

By voluntarily measuring and reporting on carbon emissions, businesses were seeing business benenfits from a raised level of interest in environmental issues at board level, cost savings, an improvement in their green credentials and marketing strategy to improved relations with both investors and customers alike.

But how do small businesses go about measuring their GHGs and report on their environmental performance?

MAS South East, a regional division of MAS, the Manufacturing Advisory Service, has launched a simple-to-use Carbon Footprint Calculator. By using the calculator small firms can measure their carbon footprint and start to identify areas where they can improve their environmental performance.

The tool, produced in collaboration with Carbon Footprint Ltd, has been designed to help manufacturers assess their CO2 emissions; by entering the annual consumption data for gas, electricity and travel habits, the carbon footprint calculator provides a free energy assessment report, explaining the results and offering practical tips for carbon footprint reduction.

David Caddle, Programme Manager, MAS South East, said:

“Environmental drivers and a low carbon economy are key to the future success of UK manufacturing – manufacturers looking to go ‘leaner and greener’, utilising the benefits of responsible manufacturing, should take advantage of our CarbonFootprint Calculator ensuring that environmental issues remain top of the business agenda.”

“Long term, sustainable growth can only be achieved by taking a close look at the environmental impact of a business and then taking firm action over waste reduction, energy saving and focusing on resource efficiency.”

John Buckley, CEO of Carbon Footprint, added:

“The tool and assessment report will particularly help manufacturing businesses that are bidding to supply the public sector or their local authority.”

“A lot of them will ask quite specific questions about environmental management that will need to be able to answer to win the contract.”

To use the tool go to MAS South East’s Carbon Footprint Calculator for Manufacturers and sign in at the foot of the page. Create a free account, fill in your energy consumotion details and receive a free assessment.

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