Businesses in London are being offered free green office advice by the Better Buildings Partnership.
The BBP have published a new online tool kit to help businesses measure the energy use from their current building and give them suggestions on how they can reduce this and get the best value for money from their building. Many London buildings have multiple tenants, which has so far made it difficult to measure energy use. The new toolkit will give step by step guidance on how to monitor energy use and improve performance, floor by floor.
It’s hoped that landlords can then work with individual tenants to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Commercial buildings pump out more than a third of London’s carbon pollution. This toolkit can help businesses cut down their carbon emissions and save money on their energy bills at the same time.”
Many firms have already embraced this advice and have significantly cut their yearly energy bills. GE Capital Real Estate recently installed Automated Meter Reading Technology at their London HQ. The company made major adjustments and installed a waterless urinal system, resulting in savings of around £60,000 a year. The company are now set to roll-out these systems across the rest of their property portfolio.
With free advice and financial incentives coming into force in the next 12 months, many green campaigners are hoping that 2010 will be the year that London businesses sit up and take notice of the environment.