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Government-backed climate firm the Carbon Trust has announced that it has launched a major new campaign, aimed at helping businesses lower their carbon emissions.

The central component of the new scheme is a new tool which enables businesses to calculate their carbon footprint and implement sustainable procurement.

The trust says that around 2.7 million tonnes of CO2 per annum, as well as around £350 million in related savings, could be cut from emissions using cost-free and low-cost energy saving actions.

"This new initiative is a timely reminder that acting on CO2 makes perfect business sense," Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, commented.

"We want all businesses to take advantage of our new free online carbon footprint calculator to help them measure and ultimately reduce their carbon emissions.

"Businesses that act will quickly reap the multiple benefits of improving their bottom line while increasing their overall competitiveness."

Environment Minister Phil Woolas added: "The case for businesses to cut their carbon footprint is growing fast.

"Pressure from consumers, the cost of energy, and corporate social responsibility issues all mean that going green is no longer just an add on - it's a core part of doing business.

"This calculator will provide real benefits to business by enabling them to calculate their emissions and identify where they can make the most effective carbon reductions and reduce their climate impact."

Article Date: 23 November 2007

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