More than 90 per cent of Norwich & Peterborough Building Society customers believe that people should take immediate responsibility for the future state of the environment.
Results from N&P's latest environment survey – commissioned to celebrate Nat-ional Tree Week – show that 96 per cent of its customers want action to be taken now to stop further damage to the environment. But although 80 per cent of N&P customers worry about the effects of global warming, only 32 per cent are aware that their home emits carbon dioxide – one of its major causes.
Despite this, 77 per cent say they “do their bit” for the environment through draughtproofing doors and windows and having showers instead of baths. N&P says emissions can be reduced further by allowing food to cool before refrigerating and by using a microwave to reheat food.
The survey points out the difference that planting trees can make, with 75 per cent saying they are aware that by planting trees they can offset emissions from their home.
General manager Stephen Penlington says: “National Tree Week is an ideal opportunity to remind people that when it comes to harmful emissions our message is reduce, reduce, reduce. The only way we can deal with climate change is if we all begin to take responsibility for the emissions we produce.”