Less than one in five (17%) UK employees have received advice or training at work on energy efficiency and fewer than one-quarter (24%) have been given information on recycling and waste management.

The findings, from a survey of more than 1,100 workers by NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), found that just 11% had received information, guidance or training on ways of looking after the environment.

“Simply involving staff can be a great way of improving environmental performance in the workplace,"commented NEBOSH chief executive, Teresa Budworth.

"Often they just need a little bit of information and some encouragement to participate.”