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Environmental policy

In January 2018 the government launched "A Green Future" - a 25 year environment plan.

The plan states that "The United Kingdom is blessed with a wonderful variety of natural landscapes and habitats and our 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our comprehensive and long-term approach to protecting and enhancing them in England for the next generation."

Download the document and find further information at GOV.UK.


By consuming less, producing things differently and reducing environmental impacts, householders and local businesses can make a difference.

Make a start by calculating your carbon footprint which measures the total amount of carbon dioxide created through lifestyle choices, and products and activities, consumed daily. By understanding your footprint you can take steps to reduce it.

Below are some simple 'top tips'.


  • Switch off appliances (TV's, DVD's, stereos, play stations, PCs, printers etc) when not in use. Leaving unused appliances on standby means they're still using energy. It costs nothing to switch things off!
  • Boil only as much water as you need in a kettle.
  • Set the hot water cylinder thermostat at 60°C/140°F - fine for most uses.
  • Reduce central heating thermostat by 1°C. If you have a programmer, set heating and hot water to come on when required rather than all the time.
  • Use thermostatic radiator valves to control temperatures in different rooms.
  • Double glazing and heavy lined curtains minimise heat loss from windows.
  • Loft insulation is the most cost-effective and energy efficient measure to reduce heat loss and is easy to install. Check walls to see if cavity insulation (or dry lining for solid walls) has been put. Also, look to see if draught proofing can be improved.
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room. It's always cheaper to switch off lights however short the period!
  • A 40°C washing machine cycle uses far less electricity than a 60°C cycle.
  • Hang wet clothes out to dry if possible and minimise using a tumble dryer.
  • Use a lid on a pan when cooking.
  • Use low energy compact fluorescent (cfl) or light emitting diode (led) lighting, where possible. These lamps last a lot longer than ordinary bulbs and will save you money.
  • There are often grants or funding available for energy efficiency measures. Visit the Energy Saving Trust website.


  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Recycling eases demands on natural resources and saves energy. Try not to waste food. See more tips on how to reduce your waste.
  • Use water wisely. Have more showers instead of baths. Install water butts for garden use/car washing and limit use of hosepipes. Check out your water footprint here.


  • When buying a car have a look at fuel efficiency figures and emissions (gCO2 /km).
  • Reduce the number of short trips you make in the car and try walking or cycling.
  • Use public transport, where possible.
  • Try car sharing or cycling to work, even if it is just one day a week.
  • Try to adopt a smoother driving style. Harsh acceleration and heavy braking uses more fuel, as well as increasing wear of tyres and other parts.
  • Keep to speed limits. Excessive speed usually results in poor fuel efficiency in most cars.
  • Regularly check tyre pressures. Under inflated tyres can be dangerous, they wear out more quickly and can increase fuel consumption.
  • Regular servicing will ensure the engine runs efficiently, saving fuel.
  • Unnecessary idling wastes fuel, causes rapid engine wear and affects air quality, particularly in built up areas. If you are stuck in a traffic jam, switch off. Some modern cars are designed to do this automatically.


To remain competitive all businesses need to review costs regularly.

Waste, water, energy and transport fuel costs are all becoming a significantly increasing element of overall costs to businesses. This is likely to remain the case for the long term, so a simple audit is a good place to start. You may be surprised how much can be saved through good housekeeping measures. The Carbon Trust has a footprint calculator which may help.

Also, have a look at low cost modern technology innovations such as passive infra-red sensors to control lighting, trackers in vehicles (if logistics are a significant part of the business) or renewable energy solutions (if you are a high energy user).

There is a lot of information out there but a good place to start is the Ryedale Route Map, showing which organisation is best able to help you with your specific need.


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Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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Phone: 01653 600666

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