businesses 'cannot' meet CO2 targets

Local businesses in Yorkshire have said they cannot meet government targets to reduce CO2 emissions unless they get help.

A survey carried out by Resource Efficiency Yorkshire (REY) found that 25 per cent of the region's companies did not believe a new low carbon existence would be achievable without significant support, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

The study also revealed that 59 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses believe that the most successful business to emerge this century will be those who can reduce their carbon footprints.

Andy Hartley, programme director at REY, told the paper: "The research showed a significant gap between businesses' knowledge of resource efficiency and their ability to act. REY will be working with businesses to fill that gap.

"In taking the path to resource efficiency, businesses will be better placed to meet the key challenge of maintaining wealth creation while reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

Yorkshire Forward developed the three-year REY programme following the success if its predecessor Recycling Action Yorkshire.

The £9.8 million initiative aims to use resource and energy efficiency measures to step-up competitiveness among businesses in Yorkshire and Humber.

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