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New Close the Door campaign launched by Camden Council

Close the Door Campaign Information

The Close the Door campaign works to stop shops wasting energy by keeping their doors open when using heating or air-conditioning. It is a business-friendly, non-profit organisation who’s admin staff and campaigners work on a voluntary basis. The campaign is active in cities around the country and works nationally with head offices of the chains. There are more than 500 retailers signed up in Cambridge where the campaign began. National retailers signed up to the campaign include Marks & Spencer, Vodafone, Costa Coffee, John Lewis, Tesco, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Wickes, Ryman and Paramo. Cambridge University research has proved that closing a shop door can save up to 50% of a shop’s total energy usage as well as 10 tonnes CO2 per year per shop. We are working with Kings College London in 2014 to establish the precise levels of air pollution in shops in Central London. The Close the Door campaign was Climate Week’s Best Campaign in 2012 and was highly commended for Air Quality in the Sustainable City Awards in 2013.

www.closethedoor.org.uk

Objectives of the Partnership

The overarching aims of the of the project are to explore the level of opportunity to reduce air pollution and exposure to air pollution, at the same time as reducing carbon and cost for businesses by encouraging them to close their doors.

The objectives are:

  • To understand whether there is a problem of doors being left open in the borough, and the scale of and reasons for this
  • To assess the appetite amongst shops for closing the door and/or promoting the campaign by putting a sticker on their door
  • Where shops do not want to close the door, to understand the understand barriers against doing so
  • To gauge business interest / concern with air quality, energy and environmental issues, and help increase awareness and membership of the Climate Change Alliance.

The project will start in January in the following locations:

  • The Finchley Road
  • Camden High Street and all of the surrounding streets.
  • Retail-heavy streets in the Fitzrovia/Bloomsbury area

Close the door will provide an audit spreadsheet with outcomes and contact details listed, and will also follow up with any interested shops after the 3 week period if necessary.