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Small businesses have the will to monitor and reduce their carbon emissions, but they are held back by choice and affordability issues.

Research carried out by Siemens Financial Services revealed that one in four firms in the UK now measure their carbon footprint with two fifths actively working to reduce emissions.

Despite this, inadequate tax breaks, a lack of choice and general affordability problems are preventing businesses from doing more.

"UK businesses want to invest in greener infrastructure, but there must be a clear business case for doing so," said Rod Tonna-Barthet from Siemens.

"Whether these barriers are removed, through the joint efforts of equipment manufacturers, vendors, financiers and government, will have a massive impact on the greening of British business, and consequently helping to create a better environment for everyone."

The report suggested that vendors ensure they have a good range of green products available and offer finance plans to help businesses spread the cost of going green.

Major companies including Marks & Spencer and Ikea recently joined the Green500 initiative aimed at cutting carbon emissions in London by three million tonnes by 2010.ADNFCR-1231-ID-18395570-ADNFCR

Article Date: 14 December 2007

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