SMEs can become greener and more energy efficient, says the Carbon Trust, saving £400 million a year through basic emission reduction measures.

And to help them make those savings, the Carbon Trust this week launched its latest measure to try and reach SMEs, an emission management guide for new and growing small business.

The Growing Business’ Guide to Managing Carbon provides information on how to measure and monitor an organisation’s carbon footprint, how to collect accurate data and how to create an energy policy.

Ultimately, businesses that take on managing their carbon footprint and making savings can certify their reductions and achieve the Carbon Trust Standard.

Although the certification scheme has been dominated by larger businesses, but the Carbon Trust says that SMEs can, on average, save around £2000 per year on their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprints by 13 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

The Carbon Trust Standard even has an SME online certification tool specifically designed for small businesses.

“Small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of the UK economy, and reducing their collective carbon footprint could play a major part in ensuring we meet the UK’s target to reduce carbon emissions by 34% by 2020,” says general manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, Harry Morrison.

According to the Carbon Trust, SMEs, which account for 45% of UK business energy use, have a much greater potential for generating savings (20%) than larger organisations (8%) but have proved consistently hard to convince.

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