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Any discussion of energy efficiency immediately conjures images of how our homes can use power better or more economically. But this ignores the whole commercial and industrial sectors and how businesses and corporations can improve the efficiency of their activities.
This week’s guest is Toby Morgan from Climate Group, a non-profit organisation that helps businesses in their decarbonisation quest. Climate Group have published a new report, which looks at why there has never been a better time for businesses to invest in energy efficiency and to improve their energy resilience.
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