How To Reduce Your Business Carbon Footprint

Posted on June 20, 2016 written by danielle

Electricity power station6 Top Tips To Cut Your Carbon Emissions

Reducing your carbon footprint is beneficial to both the environment and your business – and it’s not as difficult as you may think.

Carbon emissions are thought to be a key driver of accelerated climate change and, to ensure a sustainable future, it’s essential that we all work to reduce our carbon footprint. As well as the environmental benefits, going green can also be a boon to your business, helping to improve your reputation, increase efficiencies and, in many cases, save money. Here are some simple steps you can take to start reducing your carbon emissions

Benchmark

Before starting work on tackling your carbon footprint, you should always carry out an evaluation to assess your current carbon consumption. This will give you a good starting point against which you can measure any future progress and successes. It will also give you an idea of the areas of your business that are the biggest culprits when it comes to carbon, enabling you to effectively focus your efforts.

Conserve Energy

Energy use can account for up to 50% of a company’s carbon footprint, so it’s a key area to tackle. A really simple way to reduce energy use is to encourage (and remind) workers to switch off all lights and computing equipment at the end of the working day. You should also look at replacing your lighting, heating and air conditioning systems with more energy-efficient versions. Some companies may even have the option of generating their own energy, for example through the installation of solar panels or biomass boilers.

Recycle

One easy way to boost your environmental performance is to recycle as much of your waste as possible, reducing the amount you send to landfill. Removing personal bins and providing central recycling bins which are clearly labelled can have a big impact on your waste production, as can paper reduction strategies such as double sided printing. It’s essential to get staff on board, and running a Recycling Awareness Day is a great way to make them aware of the problem and demonstrate how they can be part of the solution.

Buy Green

For many companies, a large proportion of their carbon footprint can be found in their supply chain, with carbon emissions produced during the production, transport, use and disposal of products. If this is the case for your organisation, you may want to develop and implement a sustainable procurement policy which specifies the purchase of green and sustainable goods, such as products made from eco-friendly or recycled materials.

Cut The Commute

The majority of workers tend to use cars, buses or trains to travel to work and between meetings, and this can have a big impact on your carbon footprint. Encourage your staff to use more sustainable travelling methods, perhaps by starting a car-share scheme, using green taxis or introducing a cycle to work scheme. You could even think about adopting flexible working policies which allow people to work from home on a regular basis.

Healthy Competition

If your company is fairly large, think about holding a competition with a prize for the department or team that makes the biggest effort to reduce your carbon footprint.  A bit of healthy competition along with the promise of a prize can really help to get employees engaged with the initiative.

Taking action to reduce your carbon footprint holds many benefits, both for your business and the environment – and even the smallest steps can make a big difference. Just be sure to track your progress at regular intervals so that you can assess how well you are performing and adjust your action plan accordingly.

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