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Half of All Businesses Spend £1,000 A Month On Energy, As Workers Wish Employers Would Go Green

Half of All Businesses Spend £1,000 A Month On Energy, As Workers Wish Employers Would Go Green

49% of UK small business owners spend a £1,000 or more on energy every month, according to a report by Make it Cheaper. The survey into the eco-habits of entrepreneurs revealed that 31% say that their office doesn’t take any extra steps in making their business more environmentally friendly, while 18% don’t consider how energy efficient equipment is when they buy it. When employees were asked about their bosses commitment to the environment, its revealed that bosses may even be less green than they think, as 67% of small business employees say their bosses take no extra steps to ensure they consume less energy. On the occasions when businesses are proactive about the environment, the most popular measures taken are closing windows when the heating is on (47%), using energy saving light bul... »

Writing Your First Environmental Policy

Writing Your First Environmental Policy

In a previous article, we’ve discussed the merits of having an Environmental Policy and taking those first steps towards being a green business. So you can strike whilst the iron’s hot, we’ve put together a template Environmental Policy to help you get started. Before implementing the Policy, it’s important to ensure it is approved by management to ensure buy-in for the company’s new-found green ambitions. It’s also worth showing a draft of the policy to your staff, as they may have some great business-relevant ideas to include. Whilst a template can help you get off the blocks, there could be numerous industry specific issues that would make good inclusions. The template below is designed to be free of industry bias. As mentioned, there may be some tweaks or inclusions (or deletions!) you... »