Bosses called to do more to save energy in the workplace12th February 2014
Employers need to make more of a concerted effort to reduce the amount of energy used in the workplace.
While the lion's share (92 per cent) of workers are concerned about the cost of energy at home, less than half (47 per cent) consider it a key issue for them to help save their employer energy, according to a report by the Carbon Trust.
It transpired little is being done by bosses to reverse this trend. Less than one-quarter (23 per cent) of employees have been asked to help save energy at the office by their manager and just 13 per cent claim they are rewarded by their employers for lowering their usage.
Managing director of programmes at the Carbon Trust Richard Rugg said: “A small but growing number of organisations are starting to recognise the opportunity in engaging their workforce in low-carbon behaviour.
“But even when they have the best intentions, many organisations struggle to engage employee power. It takes more than a just an occasional nagging email or a 'switch me off' sticker to tap into the opportunity."
He added there was no one-size-fits-all solution and stressed the importance of understanding that it takes time to turn actions into habits.
The study showed workers in London to be more energy-conscious than their counterparts elsewhere in the country. For example, three-quarters of Londoners believe they should make steps to save energy in the office, whereas this figure was just half of Scotland, the south-west, Yorkshire and Humberside, and east England's employees.
Workers in the public sector consistently take more action and show heightened levels of concern than those in the private sector. Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of the former employees are concerned about how their actions at the office have a knock-on effect on the environment, but this is 55 per cent in the latter case.
The younger generation – especially those aged 18 to 24 – are more easily influenced by celebrities than their older counterparts. The survey showed two-fifths of 18 to 24-year-olds would be likely to copy famous people's actions, whereas just three percent of those aged 55 to 64 would.
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