Carbon Trust has launched a resource for organizations seeking accredited suppliers of energy efficiency equipment and related technologies that can help meet corporate carbon reduction targets.
The Green Business Directory already covers more than 40 suppliers that specialize in lighting, automatic metering and targeting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), building controls, compressed air, solar photovoltaics (PV), biomass, uninterruptible power supplies, hand dryers and voltage management devices.
Each featured company was assessed and audited through the Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier program.
The Carbon Trust standard certifies that organizations have measured, managed and reduced carbon emissions across their own operations, and that they are committed to ongoing reductions themselves.
In the last year alone, Carbon Trust worked with more than 6,000 companies and organization to help them deliver about $840 million in cost savings related to gas, electricity and fuel use. Cumulatively, Carbon Trust has helped its clients reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 43 million tons.
Hugh Jones, managing director of business advice at Carbon Trust, says recent research conducted by his organization shows that energy efficiency technologies top the list of green technology investments planned by businesses.
But only 51 percent of those surveyed were confident about manufacturer energy efficiency claims, and 58 percent said they would benefit from an independent database of suppliers.
“Our survey showed that return on investment is the most important factor for organizations considering investing in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies, but accurate business cases require accurate information from suppliers,” Jones said. “The Green Business Directory will make it easy for organizations to find independently accredited suppliers who have demonstrated their success in delivering sustainable, low carbon solutions in what is a crowded and fast-growing market.”