Businesses urged to improve environmental efficiency

Businesses in Ireland need to do more to make their offices as environmentally-friendly as possible, an industry expert has said.

Nicholas Schoon, of the Environmental Data Services, said that most office energy waste came about because workers tended to leave lights on.

"People don't have the most efficient models and they don't run them in the most efficient way, and just leave them on or leave the monitors on," he explained.

"Energy use in offices is a very, very big deal. It will only change if people care about it, and if people who run offices care about it enough to put pressure on people to do their bit."

In addition, Mr Schoon said that offices were not "built with energy efficiency in mind".

But he added: "The main thing is to build better offices in the future ... People need to care about the issues and recognise how threatening climate change is and wanting to do something about it."

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that it plans to host a series of climate change lectures over the next six months.

The talks will give businesses information about climate change could impact on the economy and industrial practices.

James Cooper



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