By Max Clarke

Up to £400 million, along with some 2.5 million tonnes of CO2, could be saved if Britain’s small businesses adopt the Carbon Trust Standard fr reducing their carbon footprint.

“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,” said Harry Morrison, the Carbon Trust Standard’s General Manager.

The Trust have launched an online tool to help the nation’s SMEs (small-mid sized enterprises) certify their carbon reductions. By doing so they can save an average £2,000 and reduce their footprint by some 13 tonnes CO2 annually.

Morrison continued: “Recognising the key role that UK SMEs play in meeting the UK’s carbon emission targets, and achieving green growth for the UK economy, the Carbon Trust Standard today launched a free online guide to help growing business’ cut energy costs and carbon. The Growing Business’ Guide to Managing Carbon can be downloaded for free.”