The Carbon Trust has launched the Green Business Directory to help businesses find suppliers of energy efficiency equipment and low carbon technologies.
All of the directory’s listed suppliers have been independently assessed and accredited via the Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier program. More than 40 accredited green building suppliers are already listed and technologies covered in the directory include lighting, automatic metering and targeting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), controls, compressed air, solar PV, biomass, energy-efficient uninterruptible power supplies and IT, energy-efficient hand dryers and voltage management.
Suppliers listed in the Green Business Directory receive their own summary page, a link to their company website and promotion on the Carbon Trust website.
The directory comes on the heels of Carbon Trust research that found only 51 percent of businesses say they are confident about manufacturers’ energy efficiency claims, yet 96 percent said energy efficiency was an important consideration when purchasing or upgrading equipment.
The survey also found more than three-quarters of businesses polled (77 percent) said they’d invested in energy efficient lighting in the past year, followed by employee awareness training (59 percent) and energy metering, monitoring and targeting technology (57 percent).
Some 58 percent of those surveyed said they would have benefited from a trusted database of accredited suppliers in advance of purchasing equipment.
Last week the Carbon Trust announced it will launch the world’s first international standard for companies to certify that they are managing and reducing waste later this year. The Carbon Trust Waste Standard will require organizations to measure, manage and reduce their solid and hazardous waste. To achieve the standard, firms will need to demonstrate that waste streams are being reduced every year, or disposed of more effectively, for example through increased reuse, recycling or energy recovery.
Earlier this year, the organization launched the Carbon Trust Water Standard to help businesses and public sector organizations measure, manage and reduce their water use. Coca-Cola Enterprises, Sainsbury’s, Sunlight and Branston are the first four organizations to achieve the Carbon Trust’s water reduction standard.