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Office spaces 'must reduce their carbon footprint'

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07/03/2012 16:54:24

Modern offices should be incorporating features that reduce the company's carbon footprint, according to an industry expert.

Office buildings and commercial spaces in general contribute around 20 per cent of the UK's total carbon output, Richard Kauntze, the chief executive of the British Council for Offices (BCO) explains.

Particularly worrying is that they account for almost half of the built environment's contribution. Therefore, it is important to minimise carbon output as much as is possible.

Mr Kauntze said: "Simple things, like turning your lights off, recycling paper [and] not leaving computers on, to the way that the building is designed."

He adds that following BCO specification is a good place to for offices to start. They are primarily set to produce the most environmentally-friendly offices at the lowest possible cost.

"So if you get the structure right and run it efficiently, then you're halfway there."

Other tips for making the office greener include producing double-sided documents, not leaving taps dripping and choosing suppliers that take back packaging as standard.ADNFCR-16000670-ID-801312310-ADNFCR

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