SMEs could play ‘big role’ in fighting climate change

Small businesses have the potential to play a major role in the battle against climate change, according to a leading business advisor.

A new set of guidelines, published by BT Business, has claimed that sustainable business practices can deliver benefits to both companies and the environment.

By following the guidelines, and reducing their levels of carbon emissions, the company argued that SMEs can play an integral part in reducing climate change.

Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Business, said: “The 4.5 million small businesses in the UK are not only the lifeblood of the economy, but they can make a big difference to tackling climate change.

“The good news is that when SMEs use IT and communications technology to act in a more sustainable way, they will also benefit from reduced costs, an enhanced reputation with customers, and greater productivity among their employees,” he added.

Figures published by the Carbon Trust, looking at the role of business in the environment, revealed that firms are responsible for producing roughly half the UK’s carbon emissions, while a 20 per cent reduction in a company’s energy bills could add the same amount to its profits as a five per cent increase in sales.

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