A new survey reveals that the majority of firms believe they can make savings by improving their business energy efficiency.
According to a poll conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), over half (57 per cent) of businesses think energy efficiency can help them save money - although many feel there is not enough advice to help them reduce their carbon footprints.
More than half said they have changed the way their businesses operate due to concerns about climate change, while 47 per cent have recycled waste.
One in three (32 per cent) firms said they have cut down their business energy use, while 24 per cent have invested in energy efficient appliances.
David Caro, chairman of the FSB Environment and Energy Committee, said: "The FSB believes that the government needs to give small businesses the incentive to proactively embrace the low carbon agenda rather than force them through heavy handed regulation."
From April 1st, large firms will have to adhere to the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme, a mandatory carbon emissions trading scheme designed to help firms reduce their carbon footprint.
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