the envi ro n m e n t :
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Spotlight on business
Environmental performance in 2005
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Environment Agency Spotlight on business environmental performance in 2005 3
In this year’s Spotlight we show that if your business
is making the most of all the opportunities that good
environmental regulation and performance offers,
then yes you probably do.
Good environmental performance can save you money. Businesses that
perform well will benefit from our modern approach, with fewer visits and
lower charges. Cutting waste right down could save UK industry £3 billion
in operating costs, better energy efficiency another £1.8 billion and water
efficiency could cut bills by 30 per cent.
Better still, good environmental performance can actually make you money.
Companies with high environmental standards can financially out-perform
other companies by up to 43 per cent. Ethical investment is worth about
£5.5 billion1 and ethical shoppers spend about £26 billion a year.2
However, poor performance will cost you, and not just financially.
Businesses paid almost £3 million in fines last year, and costs of almost
£1 million. And if fines don’t deter you, how about one of the four prison
sentences, two driving disqualifications, or 25 community punishment orders
handed out last year