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Energy usage in modern offices is a "very, very big deal" - especially as today's service-driven economy means that many of us sit in offices "looking at screens all day", one expert has claimed.

Nicolas Schoon, editor of the ENDS Report, says that the primary sources of energy wastage in offices are "overlighting and leaving lights on when people don't need them, and electronic equipment in offices, especially computers".

"People don't have the most efficient models and they don't run them in the most efficient way," he added.

"There's a legacy of office buildings that just weren't built with energy efficiency in mind."

In the future this will all change, as building standards improve, he says.

"Every commercial building will have to have a label somewhere that says what its energy performance is. That way people can step in and notice, the idea is to make people realise how good or bad the energy efficiency of the building is and create more pressure to change it."

Canon recently claimed that it could produce a Christmas card larger than surface area of Greater London using the paper wasted by UK businesses on an annual basis.

Article Date: 19 November 2007

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