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THE Carbon Trust is an independent company set up and funded by the Government in response to the threat of climate change.

The organisation works with UK businesses and the public sector to explain, deliver, develop, create and finance low-carbon enterprise.

The Carbon Trust is advising businesses that they can save money through making cost-effective action on climate change.

The campaign is backed by business groups, leading companies, and Dragons' Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, all urging business tomake it a top priority to reduce carbon and cut costs by saving energy.

The One Million a Day campaign is aimed at encouraging businesses to take advantage of a pounds 35million Carbon Trust fund to upgrade or replace existing equipment to more energy-efficient versions.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband welcomed the initiative, saying: "We are no longer choosing between what's good for business and what's good for the environment.

"By taking action now to reduce energy use and cut carbon from our goods and services, British business has the opportunity not only to save money and create jobs, but set us on the path to becoming an innovative low-carbon economy."

The Carbon Trust says most businesses could save up to 20 per cent on energy bills by taking low-cost or no-cost action on efficiency.

Carbon Trust chief executive Tom Delay said: "As UK companies look for strategies to weather the recession it makes business sense to join the Carbon Trust campaign to cut costs by cutting carbon.

"We want to take pounds 1billion off the energy bills of UK plc over the next three years by saving at least pounds 1million a day through cutting carbon emissions.

"All businesses should realise easy cost savings by taking sensible energy-efficiency measures.

"Every business should be asking how much cash their company can save by cutting carbon."

Theo Paphitis said: "Businesses of all sizes need to find ways to cut costs in this economic climate.

"But there are ways to save cash without affecting the day-to-day running of the company and finding ways to reduce energy is one sure-fire way to do this.

"Whether a business has already made a start or has yet to get going, there is support on offer from the Carbon Trust, including interestfree loans for small businesses."

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