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Efficiency campaign's call to recruit.

ENERGY company E.ON, which earlier this week joined British Gas, EDF and regional supplier Ebico at a fuel poverty summit in Darlington, has launched a campaign to recruit 10,000 "energy marshals" from Britain's business community in a bid to slash energy bills by pounds 2.5 billion.

Round-the-world yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur will front the campaign, which urges business leaders to appoint ambassadors to champion energy efficiency and encourage employees to change their behaviour.

The Carbon Trust estimates that businesses could save pounds 2.5 billion in the next 12 months and prevent the emission of 22 million tonnes of CO2.

Trials of the "energy marshal" concept proved that assigning responsibility for changing staff behaviour to an individual can deliver real behavioural change within organisations, said E.ON.

Launching the initiative, Ms MacArthur said: "Sailing around the world I got used to closely monitoring the amount of energy I used on my boat and trying to save as much energy as possible became a habit.

"When I came back to land, the huge amount of energy we waste at work and home in our day to day life really hit home."

E.ON has launched a website for businesses wishing to join the scheme at Meanwhile, British Gas firm Centrica said today that it planned to ask shareholders for pounds 2.2 billion to fund a 25% stake in British Energy under a power-sharing arrangement with its new owners EDF.

French-owned EDF is completing its takeover of British Energy, which has eight nuclear power stations in the UK, including Hartlepool.

Centrica also said second half operating margins in its residential business were now expected to be better than the first half, but it did not say if that would lead to lower household bills.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2008
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