Corporate plans to cut emissions are half way there
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.