Richmond Council urges shops and customers to "shut that door!"

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By Teddington People | Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 14:23

Richmond Council this week urged local businesses to make an environmentally friendly resolution that will save them money while helping reduce the borough’s carbon dioxide levels – simply by closing the door!

Richmond will become one of the first London boroughs to implement the ‘Close the Door’ campaign, launched with the support of local MP Zac Goldsmith and Richmond Council, as part of the Go Green sustainability programme.

According to the Council, shops and restaurants lose fifty percent of their heat through open doors, which results in increased carbon dioxide emissions from the increased use of heating. Closing doors can reduce a shop’s CO2 emissions by up to 10 tonnes each year – the equivalent of three return trips between London and Hong Kong.

And customers will also be asked to play their part businesses signing up to the campaign will receive free reminder window stickers and open/closed door signs.

Independent retailers on Eton Street , Richmond , have already pledged to keep their doors closed and reduce their energy bills.

As well as keeping doors shut and turning down heating or air conditioning units, businesses can get in touch with the Council to have their name featured on the Council website and receive free advice and support on sustainability and becoming more environmentally friendly.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment at Richmond Council, commented:

“The impact that something as simple as shutting a door can have on the world around us is quite amazing and by keeping doors closed, shops can help the environment and save themselves money.

“Richmond Council offers free sustainability advice to businesses looking to make positive changes, so 2014 can be the year your business does its bit for the environment!”

You can find out more about sustainability support for businesses at www.richmond.gov.uk/gogreen or for more information on the national Close The Door campaign, visit www.closethedoor.org.uk

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