The research, carried out by Honda, was based on a range of factors including household recycling, domestic CO2 emissions and household eco measures, combined with survey responses.
Residents in Manchester, Plymouth, Nottingham and Glasgow have emerged as the most eco-friendly in their everyday lives, in a new study from Honda.
The league table was compiled from household recycling data, domestic CO2 emissions and household eco measures. This was combined with survey responses from more than 2,000 UK adults asking about smart meters, commuting methods and their attitudes toward being more environmentally friendly.
Manchester residents claim the top spot for being the ‘greenest’ people in Great Britain, followed by Plymouth, Nottingham and Glasgow. In fact, Plymouth respondents achieved the highest score for their attitudes towards being eco-friendly.
While more respondents in Newcastle upon Tyne reported they have a smart meter installed than any other city (51 per cent compared to Britain’s average of 41 per cent), Southampton takes the crown for the lowest estimate of domestic CO2 emissions, followed by Exeter and Portsmouth.
At the other end of the scale is London, Norwich and Sheffield, with the latter receiving the lowest score for their attitude towards being more eco-friendly.
According to the survey, Norwich’s residents have fewer smart meters among them than any other city in Britain, with only 28 per cent saying they currently have one in their home. Furthermore, while Birmingham places fifth in the overall league table, residents there have the lowest score in the country for recycling their household waste.
“With global warming and climate change being one of the biggest concerns to face our planet, there is no denying that there is an ever-growing importance to address what we do now to protect the world we live in”
To understand the extent to which people’s attitudes towards being eco-friendly may have changed as a result of experiencing lockdown, Honda commissioned a second survey, and while some attitudes remain similar, there are differences to note. While three-fifths (62 per cent) believe their recycling habits have stayed the same throughout lockdown, 26 per cent say they now recycle more and 10 per cent recycle less.
Of those who have been recycling more, half say it is because they have had more time to recycle. However, of those who have recycled less, 29 per cent say do not see the point in trying to recycle more and 27 per cent can’t be bothered.
Less people now turn all lights and electricals off every time they leave a room (41 per cent) compared to the 46 per cent that said they did before lockdown. Cardiff now do this more than any other city (60 per cent), but Norwich’s residents turn all lights and electricals off when leaving a room less often than anyone else (10 per cent).
“With global warming and climate change being one of the biggest concerns to face our planet, there is no denying that there is an ever-growing importance to address what we do now to protect the world we live in. As Honda continue to work towards a more electrified future, we want to celebrate the people in Britain who are actively thinking of the environment and trying to be more eco-friendly in their everyday lives,” said Rebecca Stead, head of automobile at Honda UK.
She continued: “It’s important we all do what we can to take steps to help the environment and we want to champion those that are doing this. We hope this research will also encourage more people to do the same and take any step they can – big and small – to protect the planet.”
Publication of the research marks the release of Honda’s first fully electric car, the Honda e. The full research can be found here.
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