Nyree Connell, from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said the 100 Days of Carbon Clean Up Campaign launched by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) tackled an increasingly important issue for firms.
The campaign – which won an H&V News Award earlier this year - highlights the potential energy savings that can be made and challenges UK organisations to pledge 100 hours of staff time to commit to carbon reduction activities.
At the launch Ms Connell said: “Small businesses traditionally receive poor press when it comes to their views and actions toward the environment.
“They have been perceived in the past as disinterested at worst and apathetic at best about the environment.
“In the FSB’s view the key problem for many small businesses has not been apathy but lack of awareness of what they can and should be doing to seek effective environmental solutions.”
This is the third successive year CIBSE has run the campaign and this year it will be providing further help to those signing up by offering guidance on cutting the cost of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs).
It will also be offering learning activities, themed events and eco-freebies to keep participants motivated. There will also be training in motivational techniques for those designated as low carbon champions within their organisation.
Jacqueline Balian, CIBSE director of information, said: “Low carbon champions will get a whole raft of information from us on how to make carbon saving fun, exciting and easy to do.
“We want low carbon champions to be seen as fun rather than finger waggers.”
Last year’s campaign saw 700 organisations sign up to cut carbon emissions from their buildings, with organisations such as Bolton Wanderers Football Club, the Natural History Museum, BBC Wales and Transport for London all taking part.
CIBSE President Professor John Swaffield said: “The previous two campaigns have proved the enthusiasm of UK organisations to get involved and cut carbon emissions from their buildings.
“This time we want to encourage even more firms to sign up and pledge their commitment, and to show that you just need to spend a little time to make a lot of difference.”
Activities and progress can be logged on a personalised Time Card via the 100 hours website www.100hours.co.uk
Energy efficiency is a key issue for companies and the Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed CIBSE’s 100 Days of Carbon Clean Up Campaign.