Non-domestic buildings throughout the UK need to compare energy practices and achieve grade C efficiency ratings within the next decade, says the Carbon Trust.
According to a report from the environmental organisation, nearly 20 per cent of the UK's carbon emissions come from non-domestic buildings and this figure has remained static for the past two decades, signalling a lack of progress in terms of efficiency improvements, reports BusinessGreen.com.
The report forecasts that £4 billion could be saved in the UK's economy if a national efficiency programme is launched directly tackling the issue.
Stuart Farmer, head of buildings strategy at the Carbon Trust, told the website: "Commercial and public buildings offer the UK a big bang for its carbon reduction buck, but it won't just happen on its own; energy efficiency needs to be the first and second priority."
Firms can reduce their business energy costs by turning off non-essential electrical equipment overnight and at weekends and by using more efficient lighting systems.
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