Close the Door News

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

London: Support from Emily Thornberry MP

"I fully support the Close the Door Campaign as global climate change is the most serious issue facing the world. This campaign not only makes a really difference to energy waste but is also raising awareness and showing that very simple actions can make a real difference. Whilst ensuring that shop doors are kept closed, this campaign inspires people to save energy in other ways, such as turning off lights when leaving the room and recycling. We should all do more to avoid excess energy consumption. Individual actions have a huge impact on energy waste and this campaign is a perfect example of that.

I encourage everyone to join me in endorsing the great work of the Close the Door Campaign."

Emily Thornberry MP (Lab) Islington South and Finsbury

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Monday, 29 November 2010

Media coverage 29/11/10

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So why are shops so hot? It's freezing outside but festive bargain hunters are sweltering.

How much energy do shops waste by keeping their doors open in winter?

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Bristol and Support from Charlotte Leslie MP

"I am very pleased to support the campaign. Closing the door in a shop is such a simple thing to do but it can make a huge difference to energy conservation. Shopkeepers will save on their energy bill and also do their bit to combat climate change, one of the most important challenges we face today. I will be encouraging businesses in my constituency to take part in the Close the Door Campaign with the simple message, "close that door"!
Charlotte Leslie MP (Con) Bristol North West

Phil and Sue continue to gather valuable support before the Bristol launch event in mid December! Great things are coming together there as a result of all their hard work. More news soon.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

More media coverage 25/11/10

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The Guardian Shut that door, warns Cambridge University

Shop owners can cut energy consumption by half by closing doors

Scientific evidence: Media coverage 24/11/10

Lots of great coverage of the Cambridge University research.

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The Daily Mail High street stores blowing 1bn year heating - don't shut doors

The Telegraph
Shops slammed for leaving doors open

ITV Anglia News
Money and energy wasted

Sky News
How shutting up shop can save millions

Business Green
Shut doors warns Cambridge University
High street retailers wasting energy with open door policy

Energy Efficiency News
Closing the door on energy wasting

Close the door campaign....

Yahoo Finance
Close the door campaign...

Shop owners can cut energy consumption by half by closing doors

Open shop doors waste 10 tonnes of carbon emissions

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Press Release on new data showing vast winter energy savings from closing the store door
23rd November 2010

Close the Door Campaign: New research proves closing a shop door in winter saves up to 50% in energy usage and carbon emissions

New research from Cambridge University proves exactly how much energy is wasted by shops leaving their doors open with the heating on.
The research found that closing a shop door when heating is being used:
Reduces energy usage by up to 50%
Cuts a shop’s annual CO₂emissions by up to 10 tonnes of CO₂, equivalent to 3 return London to Hong Kong flights
Assists with mandatory national 34% reduction in carbon emissions
Enhances comfort of staff and customers, maintaining temperature at Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) recommended levels all day, even when outside temperature plummets
Maintains energy use at a consistent low level
Enables heating to be shut off long before the end of the day without affecting internal temperatures
Stops need for so-called “air curtains” over the door – among the greatest wasters of energy: a single one consumes 24 kWh per day. This is equivalent to emitting 91 kg CO₂per week, or more emissions than a return Glasgow to London coach trip

Jeannie Dawkins, Director, Close the Door Campaign, commented, “Here is the proof that it’s time for retailers to acknowledge the massive contribution they are making to energy waste and carbon emissions if they heat the street. By simply closing the shop door, CO₂ emissions dramatically decrease, energy bills are reduced, and customers and staff are made more comfortable. It’s a no-brainer.

About the study
The independent research, commissioned by Close the Door, was carried out by Murat Basarir of the Glass & Façade Technology Research Group of the Engineering Department at Cambridge University, over winter 2009/2010. See the full study at under Scientific evidence.

About the Close the Door campaign
The campaign originated in Cambridge and is now nationwide. In Cambridge initially 8 shops agreed to close their doors against energy waste; this number has now risen to over 300 of all types and sizes. The campaign enjoys broad cross-party endorsement and has many high profile supporters.

Close the Door
Rachel Lankester 020 7096 1850

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Julian Huppert MP for Cambridge with CtD

Julian Huppert MP supports CtD at the Nov 6th Stop Climate Chaos event in Cambridge

Support for CtD from Mike Berners-Lee

"This campaign has identified a staggeringly simple and painless way to make a noticeable dent in our emissions. It’s a no-brainer for anyone who cares at all about the environment or their fellow man. The Cambridge University research project and the number of shops of all sizes already closing their doors, show that this can work for everyone. I fully endorse Close the Door.”
Mike Berners-Lee (Small World)

For more ideas read his book 'How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of everything'

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Endorsement from Mike Tuffrey AM, London Assembly!

I am delighted to support the Close The Door Campaign. Closing shop doors will not only reduce energy consumption and save money but should act as the catalyst to bring about more widespread behavioural change in the retail industry.
Hopefully this initiative will galvanise retailers to go even further and become even more energy efficient - I will look forward to high street shops using more LED lights in their showrooms and turning their thermostats down. There are lots of practical ways to make a difference that cost little but achieve much.
The Close The Door Campaign symbolises a more accessible, common-sense approach towards reducing our energy consumption across the commercial sector. It should be encouraged by both retailers and consumers alike.
Mike Tuffrey AM

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Not new but news (refs) !

A couple of people have asked for these links to earlier news on CtD - so here they are:
Daily Mail,

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