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BEST PRACTICE FOR LARGER BUSINESSES

The essential starting point for any company wanting to cut their carbon

emissions is to be more energy efficient. This needs proper planning. The

following ten-point plan outlines the priorities.

1. develop a corporate carbon strategy

Adopting a realistic strategy to tackle carbon emissions is the first step to

delivering energy savings and will provide a clear sense of direction. It should:

establish senior management’s commitment to carbon management

and energy efficiency

improve the overall approach to energy management

help to keep the main objectives in full view

maximise the use of resources, both in time and money

provide goals against which to monitor progress

provide a clear direction for the energy team

give senior management a way forward

The strategy ought to cover an initial five-year period, which should be reviewed

annually. The strategy document will have to be supported by other material that

provides detail on activity over a shorter time scale. For example, an annual

action plan might show specific energy saving projects with target dates and

costs, and a list of those employees charged with the actions.

There are a number of Carbon Trust publications that can help companies to

develop effective strategies. For advice and support that is aimed specifically

at larger businesses, see box on page 45 or visit the Carbon Trust’s campaign

site (www.the carbon trust.co.uk) and go to the section on Carbon Management.

2. appoint an energy manager

Allocating responsibility for the process is a key part of initiating an energy

efficiency programme. Energy management needs to be an integral part of

your general management structure, with recognised reporting lines to senior

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