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Green Office Guide

As part of the Council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions across the borough, a free guide to help local businesses and households reduce their carbon emissions is now available online.

The Green Office Guide was first produced  and  published  on the council's intranet, to provide  tips and advice to help Council staff to improve their sustainability at work and at home. The guide is a key part of Bedford Borough Council’s commitment to reducing its carbon emissions by 10% this year and by the aspirational target of 40% by 2015. 

The Guide has been published on the Council website and provides tips and links to useful websites to help all businesses and individuals become more energy efficient and save money.


Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The Green Office guide has a wealth of easy to use tips and advice and covers a range of topics including energy efficiency, transport, reducing and recycling waste and tips for reducing energy both at your work and home.


“We are committed to reducing the borough’s carbon emissions but we can only do this by working with local taxpayers, not by forcing changes upon them. This guide is another example of us helping and encouraging local businesses and residents to do what they can to reduce their carbon emissions and save money at the same time.”


The guide is full of useful hints and tips and links to further information on the Council’s web pages and other relevant websites.  Ten chapters cover such topics as energy efficiency, transport, reducing and recycling waste, water conservation, sustainable procurement and how to be sustainable at work and home. 


• A computer left on overnight creates 150 party balloon’s worth of CO2.
• If they are not insulated, around 50% of all the heat used to warm rooms escapes through the walls and roof space
• Turn down your heating by just 1°C and reduce your home’s CO2 emissions by 400kg and save around £30 a year on your energy bills.

The Green Office Guide is now available on the council's website, at: http://www.bedford.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/sustainability/sustainable_business_support.aspx. Businesses can use the tips themselves and are also encouraged to use it as a template to create their own guide.

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