environmental

Small Businesses Go Green to Boost their Bottom Line

…but see tax and red tape as barriers to environmentalism Small businesses believe going green can boost their bottom line – but see tax and red tape as major barriers to becoming more environmentally friendly, according to Forum of Private Business research. Just 10% of business owners responding to the Forum’s latest environmental panel survey have done nothing to reduce steep utilities costs while 41% have streamlined business processes, 28% have reduced energy usage and the same number have embraced more energy efficient equipment. While 77% of respondents disagree that being green is impossible in the present economic climate 52% argue that green taxes inhibit their ability to invest in reducing energy use and 75% believe that environmental legislation focuses on the... »

Green Issues Less Important in the Recession

Green Issues Less Important in the Recession

Small firms are choosing to cut back on measures to help the environment during the recession, research from the Government’s environmental guidance website Netregs has revealed. A Netregs survey of 7,000 small firms found that there had been a 75 per cent drop in those with a formal environmental management system (EMS) in place since 2007. An EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable a business to monitor and manage its environmental position. The research also found that just 23 per cent of small businesses now have an environmental policy, compared with 39 per cent in 2007. “Our survey has unearthed a level of denial among some small businesses who still don’t acknowledge the harm that they can do to the environment nor recognise the business opportunity it ... »