Business energy customers see greenhouse gas emissions decline

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Business energy usage may have contributed to the UK's decline in greenhouse gas emissions in 2009, with net CO2 emissions 9.8 per cent lower than those seen in 2008.

This has been put down to a significant fall in consumption across all sectors and a contracted economy, which resulted in an overall reduction in electricity demand, as well as lower fossil fuel use by households and companies.

While these statistics may be some cause for celebration, energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne noted that this is really "no time for back slapping" as, while emissions were down in 2009, so too was the economy.

"A low carbon approach has to be a vital part of kick-starting and future-proofing our economy, getting us off the oil hook and onto long-term green growth," he remarked.

Mike Childs, head of the climate change campaign at Friends of the Earth, recently noted that organisations on a business energy tariff need the government's help if they are to become green and be sustainable in their use of fuel.

Posted by Richard Eden

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