Cutting gas prices 'essential' for businesses

Companies that engage their staff with energy efficiency could find they are able to reduce the cost of their energy bills.

Small and medium-sized enterprises are best placed to encourage such discussions, as they are generally more flexible than larger organisations, a discussion sponsored by the Carbon Trust noted.

Improvements can be made much more quickly, primarily because there is less red tape to be faced and better avenues of communication, the Guardian reports.

By getting employees to think about energy efficiency, companies may find their demands on gas suppliers are reduced, therefore lowering expenditure and protecting the bottom line.

One of the panellists explained how they had set up a Green Task Force to pinpoint carbon reduction initiatives and ensure they are being implemented across the business.

Campaign group Beyond Zero Emissions has suggested that feed-in tariffs are among the most effective means of encouraging the uptake of renewable technologies.

Not only do they have a positive impact on the environment, but they help encourage people to consider low-emission systems whereas they might not have done so in the past.

The report claimed that Australia should take note of successful renewable projects in countries such as China and Spain.

Posted by Callum Fleming