Most workers lack green training

Four-fifths of UK workers lack access to training on how to cut carbon emissions in the workplace, according to new research.

The YouGov survey of over 4,300 workers commissioned by the Carbon Trust found that while most workers wanted to cut workplace greenhouse gas emissions, four-fifths said there was no in-house training to help them cut energy use and emissions.

Of those workers who have received green workplace training, over 93 per cent rated it as fairly or very useful.

Hugh Jones, solutions director at the Carbon Trust, said staff training and appointing a specific team for managing CO2 cuts was a cost effective means of cutting both greenhouse gas emissions and energy bills.

"You can put in a new energy-efficient boiler, or install low-energy light bulbs, and those will make a difference, but many of the measures that will have the biggest impact and achieve the greatest savings require buy-in across your workforce," he said.

"With savings of up to 20 per cent to be made on energy bills through no cost or cost effective measures it makes perfect business sense to empower employees to do their bit both at work and at home."

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