Carbon reduction specialist concerned by UK emissions levels
The latest Government figures have revealed that the UK has met its first carbon budget, despite a recent rise in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The UK stayed under the 2008–2012 carbon budget allowance of 3,018 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), with emissions of 2,981.7 MtCO2e. In 2012, however, GHG emissions rose by 3.2%. This has been, in part, attributed to increased residential gas use and the colder weather.
UK businesses also saw a rise in emissions, following two consecutive years of reduction. As energy management specialists, we at Concept Energy Solutions are concerned by this increase and urge companies to consider the opportunities that carbon reduction offers them.
Peter Stockwell, who heads up the carbon consultancy, says: “Cutting emissions isn’t just about the environmental benefit. Our experience of supporting businesses and public sector organisations to reduce their energy use has shown us the significant cost-saving benefits that this process provides.”
He adds: “We would encourage companies to explore the options open to them, such as improved energy management or the installation of energy-efficient upgrades. We expect to see a growing interest in these measures, especially as energy bills continue to increase.”