Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Transport is a significant - and growing - cause of carbon emissions. Some businesses, such as those in the transport sector, will be able to cut carbon emissions to a larger extent than others, but there are actions that all businesses can take.
The first step in cutting your CO2 emissions is to evaluate the impact of your business travel on the environment. This includes:
The Carbon Trust can help you work out the carbon footprint of your business, including the impact of business travel, and give free advice on cutting carbon emissions.
Once you have examined your business travel, the next step is to look at ways to reduce or minimise the impact of these journeys. You might consider encouraging your employees to:
If you transport goods as part of your business, you should ensure that you do this in the most efficient way.
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For further information on reducing the environmental impact of your business travel, see our guidelines:
The Energy Saving Trust has produced a smart phone app that can save you money and track your fuel use. You can find out about the app at:
Resource Efficient Scotland has produced a series of free, online training modules for SMEs. The training will help develop the skills and knowledge needed to put in place effective resource efficiency measures in your business. They deal with energy, waste and water efficiency. You can work through them at your own speed, choosing the modules that are relevant to your business.
How to cut carbon emissions from business travel
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