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UK businesses too busy to think about environment issues

Results carried out by YouGov on behalf of energy company E.on show that UK businesses are too busy to be green as bleak economic conditions are having a negative impact on companies' efforts to save energy and reduce their carbon footprints.

Energy efficient lighting came out first amongst the priorities of the respondents, followed by lower heating and air conditioning power usage and the installation of more energy efficient equipment

At the other end, a meagre 14 percent of those surveyed had someone within their company to manage their energy consumption.

The E.on survey also showed that the looming recession caused companies to be more wary about slashing their power consumption, a paradoxical move considering the rising price of energy; less than a third are planning to get greener with less than 13 percent increasing their energy saving projects to save money.

The survey comes shortly after another one by Consultancy firm Pricewaterhouse coopers which revealed that less than one in five technology executives interviewed used green credentials as a decisive factor in their purchasing decision process.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.