Government Urged To Help Small Businesses ‘Go Green’ And Help UK Meet Emissions Target
86% of small firms believe the UK is too reliant on imported energy, with 61% admitting powering their business is a significant cost
The government has been urged to incentivise more small businesses to embrace green energy and help the UK meet its emissions target, in a new report released by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
The Power Of Price: Energising Small Business In The Next UK Carbon Plan suggests that most enterprises would welcome such changes – with 86% already believing the UK is too reliant on imported energy, with 61% admitting powering their business is a significant cost.
10% of all small firms now generate their own energy on site, with the possibility of selling a surplus back to the grid an added revenue opportunity for many.
Indeed, an environmental conscience appears to already exist in millions of UK small firms as 40% have already installed efficient lights, 23% have implemented switch off/turn down policies, while 23% have improved insulation.
Under the 2011 Carbon Plan, the government hopes to cut UK emissions by 80% by 2050 – with an updated set of measures to be published in the coming weeks.
For businesses that have already chose to be more energy efficient, 78% said they did so to save money while 70% said they wanted to protect the environment.
Gordon Millward, FSB regional chairman, said:
“Our research shows small firms want energy security to be a priority. Brexit raises yet more questions about the UK’s future power supply. Infrastructure costs must be shared out equitably with small firms playing a pivotal role in securing Britain’s energy future
“Many small businesses are willing and capable of becoming more energy efficient, and even generating energy. With the right support, they can play a critical role in helping the UK reach its green targets and shore up supply.”
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