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
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
“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
The Green Office Guide is now available on the council's
Businesses can use the tips themselves and are also encouraged to
use it as a template to create their own guide.