Energy efficiency 'saves money'
Cutting carbon emissions and becoming energy efficient are polcies which can help save money when times are hard, a politician has said.
Shadow environment secretary Peter Ainsworth told BBC Radio Four's The World at One programme money troubles should not mean environmental concerns become a lesser priority because the two are linked.
He said problems like rising oil prices meant the need to be more sparing of natural resources is "even greater than it was".
He said: "Many of the measures that we can all take to reduce our carbon footprint and to reduce our impact on the natural world actually save us money as well."
Pointing to last year's Stern report, he said people concerned about recession should consider the document's warnings about climate change possibly leading to severe economic problems.
He also said it was vital the public supported environmental policies, adding ideas such as personal carbon credits could 'alienate' people.
Article Date: 27 May 2008
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