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This paper seeks to explore the role that SMEs can play in the drive to reduce UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the recent European Union (EU) targets; a 30% reduction by 2020 and a 60% reduction by 2050 (DEFRA, 2007). In the UK 99% of all VAT registered companies are classified as SME’s and between them they account for 47% of the annual UK turnover (Directgov, 2007) As yet there are no legislative drivers for SMEs to reduce emissions however it is suggested that market forces may be a key driver for SMEs to begin reducing their GHG emissions.
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