Close the Door campaign

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The Close the Door campaign is a national campaign in the United Kingdom to encourage retailers to keep their doors closed to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. Research commissioned by the campaign and conducted by the University of Cambridge during 2009/2010 found that closing the doors of retail premises can cut energy use by up to 50% during the heating season[1] and that closing the doors reduces the space heating requirements and eliminates the need for air curtains.[2]

As well as the national campaign, which is supported by major retailers including Marks and Spencer, Tesco, John Lewis Partnership, Wickes and Boots,[3] there are also local campaigns in various cities including Cambridge (where the campaign was founded), Birmingham, London and York.[4] In addition to encouraging the participation of retailers, consumers are also encouraged to participate by closing shop doors and boycotting shops that refuse to close their doors.[5]

The Campaign is supported by the shopworkers Union USDAW both because of the energy reduction and the increase in staff comfort.[6] The Carbon Trust and the British Retail Consortium are members of the steering group.[7]

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  1. ^ Close The Door - Scientific evidence Close the Door campaign, accessed 2011-06-28
  2. ^ Interim Report on the Energy Appraisal of Retail Units: Assessing the effect of open doors on energy consumption and thermal comfort Technical Report Number: CUED/D-STRUCT/TR232, Murat Basarir & Dr. Mauro Overend, published 2010-10-18, accessed 2011-06-28
  3. ^ Close The Door - Participating retailers Close the Door campaign, accessed 2011-06-28
  4. ^ Close The Door - Local campaigns Close the Door campaign, accessed 2011-06-28
  5. ^ Close The Door - Consumers Close the Door campaign, accessed 2011-06-28
  6. ^ Usdaw backs the Close the Door Campaign USDAW, published 2011-03-24, accessed 2011-06-28
  7. ^ Close the Door News: Carbon Trust and British Retail Consortium join project steering group Close the Door campaign, published 2009-12-20, accessed 2011-06-28

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