Business energy efficiency costs 'too much for SMEs'

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Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are struggling to pay their business energy bills may not be able to afford to go carbon neutral, as an expert has suggested legislation and a lack of funding puts pressure on their ability to go green.

Professor Ross King, joint programme director at the Centre for Sustainable Environmental Management - Brunel Management Programme, said private sector companies "feel overwhelmed" by the steps they need to take to stay afloat and cannot afford to put time into something that does not directly affect their profits.

"At the heart of that is the regulatory burden," he added, observing that "about 5,000 pages of primary legislation" is published by the government each year.

The latest report by the Cambridge Network highlighted the fact that, despite being outnumbered three to one by private organisations, public sector participants of the CRC - formerly the Carbon Reduction Commitment - Energy Efficiency Scheme - are more likely to be considered leaders in sustainability.

Posted by Richard Eden 

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