Sunday Jan 31, 2010
A new Government scheme to get businesses to cut their emissions could spell the end of the all-night bright lights of the local high street, the Environment Agency (EA) has predicted.
Flat screen TVs, illuminated signs and brightly-lit window displays could all be switched off – instead of being left on overnight when shops and businesses are closed – as companies respond to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme.
The scheme will require businesses to record their energy use and from next year, pay by the tonne for the carbon they emit.
Around 5,000 firms which use more than 6,000MWh of electricity a year – equivalent to bills of around £500,000 – must register for the energy efficiency scheme between April and September this year.