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Small businesses offered advice from bt on reducing their carbon footprint

BT is encouraging small businesses to calculate their carbon footprint and explore ways of reducing their impact on global warming through a new website at (opens in new tab).

BT’s carbon calculator enables office-based companies to calculate their annual CO2 usage at any point in time, based on the fuel consumption at the office and the travel patterns of their staff, including flights and yearly road and rail mileage. The calculator lets businesses change their profile over time, showing how their carbon footprint changes with each action they take.

Armed with the details of their carbon footprint, companies can consider ways to reduce it, both at home and at work. The website boasts a wealth of bite-sized information, tips and web links detailing action that can be taken to make their offices more carbon friendly, how to reduce carbon emissions from travel, and smarter working practises and purchasing policies.

The simple actions that businesses can take range from encouraging flexible working and using conferencing to buying renewable energy and sourcing from local suppliers. Many have the added bonus for employees of reducing stress, improving work-life balance and increasing personal productivity.

Bill Murphy, Managing Director of BT Business, said: “SMEs can take real steps to reduce the size of their carbon footprint and collectively have global impact. They can use this as a powerful differentiator with customers who want to see businesses take leadership on this issue. If you run a small business, visit our site and see for yourself the difference you can make.”

David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Whilst businesses accept that they have a part to play in tackling the impact of climate change, it is important that the small business community has access to straightforward information and support. BT's carbon calculator is an excellent tool, and BT's advice and encouragement is a good starting point for companies looking to address their carbon footprint.”

For companies that want to learn more about the subject of climate change, the site contains a handy bluffers guide, explaining the science in a nutshell, in addition to the link between CO2 and global warming and the likely consequences.

This is expanded further through inspiring and thought-provoking recommendations from some leading climate change experts. The choices range from further reading material, films and media clips to watch to photographs and interesting websites to visit. Contributors include Jonathon Porritt - Founder Director of Forum for the Future, Tom Delay – CEO of the Carbon Trust and Antony Turner – Managing Director of Carbon Sense.

The website also gives details of BT’s pledges to make a significant contribution to the process of reducing carbon emissions, including detailed and honest answers to questions. The measures BT is taking include the recent extension of the world’s biggest Green Energy contract, exploring the further potential of wind power, auditing the energy consumption of its data centres and engaging with suppliers and customers.

In addition, it explains how BT is harnessing the potential of both broadband in the home and networking technology in the workplace to cut down on unnecessary travel through home working and teleconferencing.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.