Carbon Trust Standard Launches New Service to Help SMEs Benefit from Carbon Reduction

The Carbon Trust Standard Company today made it easier and more cost effective for the UK’s 4.8 million SMEs to cut their carbon footprints, save money and gain the respected Carbon Trust Standard.

A UK first, the new service comes at a time when a ‘perfect storm’ of factors – from rising energy prices to looming regulatory controls – are making carbon-cutting an imperative whatever the size or shape of your enterprise.

SMEs account for 45% of business energy use according to government statistics and are widely recognised as having a vital role to play in the UK drive to cut carbon emissions and foster a low carbon economy. Despite this potential, a lack of time, money and resources has so far prevented many from taking action to cut their carbon emissions.

To address this need, the new Carbon Trust Standard online application process is specifically designed to enable small and growing businesses to be assessed and certified cost effectively against the requirements of the Carbon Trust Standard. The new service is available to organisations with an energy spend of up to £50,000.

While household names such as Marks & Spencer, Microsoft and Boots are among the more than 400 businesses that have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard so far, only 17 are SMEs. The Carbon Trust Standard Company’s new online application service will enable many more SMEs to reap the same commercial rewards as their bigger brothers by helping them easily and rapidly quantify their footprint and enabling them to enhance their environmental credentials by demonstration their carbon measurement and reduction performance.

Full article at the Carbon Trust website.