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7 October, 2008 – UK business must take further takes steps to contribute towards the government’s new goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, says Michael Calvert, UK General Manager of Aastra. The remarks come after the UK government's official climate change advisers, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), yesterday announced that they would raise the bar on ambitions to cut CO² emissions. According to The Carbon Trust, business and public sector are responsible for up 45% of UK carbon emissions, and cutting that figure can bring significant financial and reputational benefits

UK business has made a significant contribution to date, but much more could be done. Michael Calvert says: “Many UK businesses have realised that they need to be responsible employers and are starting to address green issues. However, what’s needed is a sustained commitment to reducing CO² emissions. For many organisations this means introducing stringent policies to instigate change. Commuting to and from work and meetings has a huge impact on carbon emissions, for example. By introducing flexible working and home working, companies could positively contribute to environmental change.”

Managing the impacts of climate change is now a key issue for 72% of FTSE senior decision makers and 78% of mid-cap senior decision makers . Michael Calvert adds: “Many of the UK’s commuters – if equipped with the right, readily-available technology – could do their job equally well, if not better, from home, it’s a wonder why more firms are not enabling flexible working and home working practices. Of course it needs the right technology – Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones for cheaper, more effective communications, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for secure remote access.”


About Aastra UK

Aastra Telecom UK is a UK business unit of Aastra Technologies Limited, (“Aastra”), a global company at the forefront of the Enterprise Communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative and integrated solutions that address the communication needs of businesses small and large around the world. Aastra enables Enterprises to communicate and collaborate more efficiently and effectively by offering customers a full range of open standard IP-based and traditional communications networking products, including terminals, systems, and applications. For additional information on Aastra, visit our website at

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