Economic downturn 'has made UK offices greener'

09 May 2011

Posted by Jayne Kavanagh

The sustainability of offices in the UK has improved as a result of the economic downturn, a report claims.

Carried out by YouGov, a survey discovered 47 per cent of those employed in such premises believed their workspaces had become more environmentally-friendly since the recession.

Marking Green Office Week, the poll was commissioned by office products company Avery and found measures being implemented in businesses include recycling, generating savings on heating bills and switching off lights that are not in use.

Of those questioned, 50 per cent had improved the sustainability of their actions and 24 per cent claimed they could improve their behaviour further with greater encouragement from their bosses.

"It's clear that the current economic situation is forcing many workplaces to become greener," corporate social responsibility expert Nicky Amos remarked.

A total of 57 per cent of respondents felt that making offices greener can also generate opportunities to save money.

Running to May 13th 2011, Green Office Week is in its third year and aims to encourage workers and employers to adopt practical measures that benefit the environment.

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