TUC offers green workplace advice
Workplaces make a significantly larger impact on the environment than homes and more needs to be done to tackle climate change at work, a business association has claimed.
The Trade Unions Congress (TUC) revealed that a typical workplace produces ten times more carbon emissions than the levels produced in homes and personal lives.
As a result the body called on businesses to introduce a series of green changes to their operations, covering everything from reducing paper usage to promoting video conferencing.
"More than half of the UK's carbon emissions are produced at work or through work-related transport. There's a lot more we can all do to reduce our workplace's carbon footprint," said Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary.
"It's not about making people feel guilty, but about removing barriers to being green at work. Union environmental reps will be working with staff and managers to make UK workplaces greener in 2008," he added.
Other measures recommended by the congress include ensuring the use of low-energy lightbulbs, introducing flexible working practices and upgrading insulation and draught-proofing in the workplace.
Article Date: 02 January 2008
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