August 18, 2010

Government should help small businesses go green

by Jan Harris

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has outlined ways that the government can help small businesses go green in a new report’; ‘Making sense of going green – small businesses and low carbon economy’.

The UK is expected to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 and the FSB believes that small businesses can help achieve this target, but only if they are given the necessary financial support.

The organization would like the government to expand an existing zero per cent loan scheme for energy-efficient equipment.

It also suggests waiving increased business rates for companies that increase the rateable value of their property through green improvements.

Measures such as these would help small business become energy efficient without incurring huge upfront costs, the FSB believes.

Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth’s Head of Climate, said:

“As this report sets out, small businesses have much to gain from cutting their emissions – insulating offices and producing clean energy will save thousands on fuel bills, and there’s going to be plenty of new job opportunities as loft-laggers, roofers and technicians are needed to improve the UK’s woefully inefficient buildings.”

The report can be downloaded from the FSB’s website.

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