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Businesses must face the realities of a low carbon economy: A stronger response is needed if firms are to meet Government emission targets and take advantage of the opportunities presented by a lower carbon footprint

Nigel Alcock (Nigel Alcock is Sales Director at npower business, Solihull, UK)

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 18 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to look at the need for businesses become energy efficient in order to face the challenges posed by climate change in the light of a government White Paper advocating the reduction of carbon emmisssions.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper looks at research carried out by npower business.

Findings

The paper finds that the benefits of a progressive, long‐term energy management program come not only in cost savings, by reducing consumption and avoiding levies associated with carbon emissions, but in being able to demonstrate an on‐going commitment to carbon reduction and the reputational benefits this brings.

Originality/value

The paper provides interesting information on the need for corporate energy management.

Keywords

Citation

Alcock, N. (2008), "Businesses must face the realities of a low carbon economy: A stronger response is needed if firms are to meet Government emission targets and take advantage of the opportunities presented by a lower carbon footprint", Strategic Direction, Vol. 24 No. 6, pp. 13-15. https://doi.org/10.1108/02580540810868005

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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