Britain's SMEs ready to face environmental challenge

The UKs small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are estimated to account for 60 per cent of industry's emissions of carbon dioxide, 43 per cent of serious industrtial pollution incidents and 60 per cent of commercial waste in England and Wales.  

These and other key findings in a joint survey by the UK200Group and Middlesex University show that over 80 per cent of respondents agreed that environmental issues should be a high priority for business and 74 per cent confirmed they had an environmental policy in place.

Over 50 per cent of respondents reported that measures undertaken to address environmental issues were focused mainly on waste minimisation and recycling and/or energy management and reduction.   The Internet scored highest for accessing environmental advice and support.

Frequently cited drivers for environmental change on the part of SMEs include increased legislation and the potential for financial savings through resource efficiency and legislative compliance.

The survey, conducted jointly by the UK200Group, the largest member association of quality assured independent accountants and lawyers, and the Centre for Environment and Safety Management for Business at Middlesex University, found overwhelming preference for secor specific tailored advice on environmental issues.

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