Energy use and businesses
There is a wide range of information on the internet to help businesses cut their energy use, which cuts costs, boosts profit and provides funds for reinvestment within the business. For example:
(i) The Carbon Trust – tel. 0800 085 2005 - offers a range of services to help small, medium and large businesses, including:
- Carbon footprint calculator
- Carbon saving advice
- Carbon surveys
- Carbon cutting training tool
- Enhanced Capital Allowances
- 0% business loans
- Advice on the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme
- Carbon management case studies
- Carbon Trust investment
- Building design advice
(ii) Envirowise - free government-supported environmental consultation, advice and documentation fior UK businesses, including Green Street, a virtual tour designed to help your business become more resource efficient. The Street includes an office, restaurant, pub, factory and an hotel.
(iii) NetRegs - free environmental guidance from the Environment Agency (in England) for small and medium-sized enterprises, including:
- Why save energy?
- Energy performance of buildings
- Energy efficiency tips
- Energy efficiency support organisations
- Energy efficiency further information
- Energy efficiency legislation
(iv) Global Action Plan - An environmental charity that works with businesses, esp. specialising in employee engagement programmes.
(v) Business Link – organisation funded by regional development agency with support from central and local government to offer free business advice and support. The site includes useful online guides including
- Save money by using energy more efficiently,
- Eco design of energy using products and
- Using renewable energy
(vii) BS EN 16001 – British Standard in Energy Management.
(viii) Preparing for Climate Change – a toolkit to help tourism businesses to climate-proof their operations. Prepared by SW Tourism, SW Climate Change Impacts Programme, Climate South East and Tourism SE.
(ix) The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme - affects larger energy users
(x) Travel Plans – Devon County Council can offer advice and support for organisations wishing to develop effective, cost-efficient, attractive travel solutions to benefit your staff, visitors and customers.