April 1, 2010

Government should help small businesses go green

by Jan Harris

A study carried out by ICM Research for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that the government needs to do more to help small businesses be more
environmentally friendly.

The study suggests that the Government needs to provide better information to small businesses to help them go green

The FSB wants the Government to:

roll out smart meters for small businesses,
set commercially viable rates for Feed-In tariffs for micro-renewable energy facilities, and
extend the scope of the Carbon Trust loans programme for small businesses.

The study found that more than half of businesses believe they could reduce costs by being more energy efficient, but want the Government to put systems and business support incentives in place to help them achieve this.

David Caro, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Environment and Energy Committee: said:

“The FSB believes that the Government needs to give small businesses the incentive to proactively embrace the low carbon agenda rather than force them through heavy handed regulation.

“We are calling for more tailored advice and support for SME’s so that businesses can maximise energy efficiency and the use of smart metering.

“It is also important that local recycling infrastructures be put in place to better meet the needs of local businesses that perhaps don’t meet the high levels needed to take advantage of commercial recycling facilities.”

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