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UK consumers save 1 million tonnes of CO2

Launched two years ago by independent NGO The Climate Group, Together is the UK’s leading climate campaign, run in partnership with well known brands including B&Q, Barclaycard, British Gas, Coca-Cola, M&S, More Th>n, National Express, O2, Sky and Tesco.

The million tonne saving – equivalent to taking 390,000 cars off the road for a year – has been achieved through millions of small individual actions by people across the UK including insulating lofts, changing light bulbs and washing clothes at lower temperatures.

At a time when many UK consumers are feeling the pinch, these actions have also helped households save money: £11 a year by washing clothes at lower temperatures, £49 from using energy-efficient light bulbs and more than £200 from insulating lofts.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said: "The Together campaign has demonstrated the vital role that UK businesses can play in helping build public awareness of climate change and in encouraging their customers to cut their emissions while saving money.

"Efforts to build on this momentum will be vital if we are to achieve a successful global climate deal at Copenhagen, and build a truly low-carbon Britain in the longer-term."
David Hall, Campaign Director of Together, said: "In the current recession, greener choices are helping people save money and carbon. Lots of small actions add up to make a big difference both for the planet and for British pockets."

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