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02 Jan 2008 04:01:51

'More effort needed' to reduce workplace climate footprint



'More effort needed' to reduce workplace climate footprint
Far more needs to be done to reduce the carbon footprint made by UK businesses, according to a leading trade union body.

With the typical workplace producing ten times greater carbon emissions than homes and personal lives, the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) has called on firms and they employees to work together to reduce their environmental impact.

In a statement, the TUC recommended a series of measures that, it claims, will go a long way to helping combat climate change, with issues such as using low energy lightbulbs and improving building insulation highlighted as particular areas of concern.

Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said: "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."

"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."

Among the other measures recommended by the association are reducing and re-using paper and promoting both video conferencing and flexible working practices to avoid the carbon impact of travelling.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18410749-ADNFCR


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