Environmental management boosts efficiency at Government department

16 August 2011

Posted by Michelle Devonshire

The UK's Environment Agency has revealed that it has managed to generate cost savings of £6 million a year.

According to the body, implementing processes that reduce its carbon dioxide emissions has led to a reduction of almost one-fifth in the past five years, in addition to the fall in expenditure.

It has called on other organizations to follow its lead and implement changes that benefit both the environment and company accounts.

"Transport, energy and waste all contribute and need to be managed, measured and reduced," said Environment Agency Chief Executive, Dr Paul Leinster.

"Those that do so effectively will reduce costs and improve their reputation."

An update on internal environmental management measures at the body revealed office waste had been cut by 18 per cent and mains water usage by the same amount, while carbon dioxide had fallen by 17 per cent between 2006 and 2011 and mileage by 33 per cent.

Under the mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme, businesses responsible for around ten per cent of total UK emissions are encouraged to reduce waste and boost energy efficiency.

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