Cor­po­rate plans to cut emis­sions are half way there

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MORE than half of the UK’s small and medium-sized com­pa­nies plan to cut emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide, the main gas blamed by sci­en­tists for global warm­ing, a sur­vey has found.

A to­tal of 51 per cent of 404 com­pa­nies sur­veyed say they plan to re­duce the emis­sions, com­pared with 27 per cent, who say they have no plans, ac­cord­ing to re­sults of the poll com­mis­sioned by or­gan­is­ers of the Septem­ber 11-13 Re­cy­cling and Waste Man­age­ment ex­hi­bi­tion. Just 17 per cent of com­pa­nies sur­veyed have mea­sured their emis­sions, and of those who haven’t, 41 per cent don’t in­tend to, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey. About 38 per cent of re­spon­dents say they don’t un­der­stand how a pro­posed UK cli­mate change law might af­fect their busi­ness.

A draft of the bill was pub­lished in March by the then en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary, David Miliband. Un­der the pro­posed law, the na­tion would com­mit to slash­ing CO emis­sions by 26 to 32 per

2 cent by 2020 and by 60 per cent by 2050.

‘‘ Clearly, com­pa­nies of all sizes need to be bet­ter in­formed about car­bon emis­sions and about the ben­e­fits to them and the coun­try of hav­ing a sound pol­icy in this area,’’ Paul Sanderson, ed­i­tor of Ma­te­ri­als Re­cy­cling Week, the con­fer­ence or­gan­iser, says in the state­ment.

Larger UK busi­nesses are in­creas­ingly tak­ing steps to slash their emis- sions of green­house gases, with mea­sures in­clud­ing switch­ing off com­put­ers at night and us­ing more en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient hy­brid ve­hi­cles as com­pany cars. Large com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Tesco Plc, Bri­tain’s big­gest re­tailer, and Lloyds TSB Group Plc, the coun­try’s largest sup­plier of un­se­cured per­sonal loans, this year have an­nounced plans to re­duce their emis­sions.

In­di­vid­ual com­pa­nies won’t be sub­jected to caps, other than ma­jor emit­ters re­quired to meet tar­gets to help the UK achieve ex­ist­ing com­mit­ments set by the Ky­oto Pro­to­col and the Euro­pean Union’s bur­den-shar­ing agree­ment.

The com­pa­nies were sur­veyed by tele­phone in the first two weeks of Au­gust. No mar­gin of er­ror was pro­vided.

Small com­pa­nies are de­fined as those with 10 to 49 em­ploy­ees, and medium-sized com­pa­nies are those with 50 to 250 work­ers.


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