Businesses that are attempting to reduce their carbon footprint should make their energy policies the first port of call when devising a carbon management strategy.
This is according to the Carbon Trust, which has claimed that reducing energy at the source, while using energy efficient supply chains and producing low carbon products and services, are the best ways to reduce emissions.
Hugh Jones, solutions director at the Carbon Trust, explained that carbon offsetting is also an option, but when all other avenues, such as investing in renewable energy for example, have been explored.
"This approach delivers a double bottom line benefit of reducing energy costs and avoiding the costs incurred through offsetting, not to mention doing the right thing for the environment," Mr Jones asserted.
Some 110 million tonnes of CO2 emissions are produced by the UK's small and medium-sized enterprises, according to AXA.
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