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Dr Brian Dear

Brian DeerAbout business:

Dr Brian Dear provides research and evaluation services, covering social and organisational issues and topics. He currently specialises in research into the small and medium-sized business sector and has a lot of experience of engaging with 'hard-to-reach' groups including minority ethnic communities and businesses. He has been SFEDI-accredited as a business adviser and has worked for a variety of enterprises and organisations as a consultant. Much of his work has been on behalf of publicly-funded organisations and programmes including Business Link, enterprise agencies, chambers of commerce and local authorities. He also provides research to inform marketing and communications strategies for small and large private-sector companies.

What successes has Global Action Plan's ERDF project helped your business achieve:

"Global Action Plan has raised my awareness of what actions I can take as an entrepreneur and as a member of the business community to make environmental and financial savings. I am now better infomed about the impact business activity has on the environment and can take practical action to change my behaviour and that of my clients."

Brian Dear
DEO, Dr Brian Dear,, Brent

From these actions they have reduced their annual carbon dioxide emissions by around 1.2 tonnes CO₂e with an estimated cost saving of over £622.

Key targets achieved to date:

1.2 tonnes CO2e saved annually

Good Practice Identified:

  • Switched equipment off when not in use.
  • Moved 1 user over to Google mail.
  • Switched from car to motorbike for many journeys.
  • Reduced the amount of public transport used for business purposes.
  • Changed procurement practices to keep IT equipment for longer before replacing it.
  • Turned heating down.
  • Reduced paper use by 10 kg a year.
  • Increased recycling by 1 tonne a year.
  • Started working towards ISO 14001 certification.

Testimonial / Case Study submission date: 

    16th July 2012

Project name and objectives:

The ERDF funded project - Environmental Savings through ICT (Green ICT) is a Global Action Plan - UK initiative to assist 122 SMEs in London increase their economic performance and reduce a total of 100 tonnes of CO2. The project is part financed by the GLA's ERDF Programme 2007-13. The aim of the project is to help small and medium sized businesses to implement IT solutions to help them manage and reduce their environmental impact while optimising business growth.

Project contact details:

Senior Programme Manager: Conrad Healy
Tel: 020 7420 4444