Reducing your carbon footprint should be a priority for any modern business
Sustainability and environmentalism is a hot topic right now. In fact, this issue will surely continue to be one of the most important facing society this century. In recent weeks alone businesses, brands, politicians and individuals alike are all feeling the mounting pressure to conduct themselves a little greener. Research published last year even suggested that, without immediate action, irrevocable damage could be done to the climate by as soon as 2030.
But for businesses of any size, making the effort to reduce your carbon footprint can feel like a mammoth task. Knowing how best to put positive changes into practice is the ideal place to start, so here are some simple ways to make your business a greener and more eco-friendly place.
Invest in energy efficient lighting
Whether you own or rent your workspace – or even if it’s a home office – swapping out your lightbulbs for more environmental options can be a quick and effective change that works in the long run.
If you want to go one step further, you can make use of technology such as sensors which ensure that lights are automatically turned off if people forget. Dimmable lights can also make sure lights are any brighter than they need to be. Features like these can also help lower your electricity costs.
Gone are the days when printing was a necessary part of office life, yet offices remain one of the biggest offenders when it comes to wasting paper. By digitising the way you share and analyse information in your workspace, you can make a significant dent in your carbon footprint.
So instead of printing out handouts ahead of meetings, make use of tech like the Cloud so that everyone in your office has access to the necessary materials online. When printing is unavoidable, make sure you minimise the damage by selecting double-sided.
Install the right waste facilities
For many businesses, waste management is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to improving environmental performance. However, the first step is a simple one: making recycle available.
By providing different recycling bins which are clearly labelled, you can ensure higher recycling rates within your workspace, meaning less of your rubbish will end up in a landfill.
You should also try reaching out to your waste contractors, as they can provide you with useful tips on how to reduce your waste even further.
Put your heating on a timer
It’s important to put your heating and air conditioning on a timer in order to reduce the amount of unnecessary and expensive use. This will help to make sure that your heating only comes on when it’s needed, which hopefully shouldn’t be too often during the warmer months.
If you own your workspace, you can also make sure the premises are effectively insulated and sealed. Keeping up with regular maintenance on your heating system can also reduce waste.
Engage your staff
It’s hard to make a significant difference to the environment when you’re fighting the battle alone, but by getting your team involved you can really start to make a change within your business.
As well as reminding them to switch off lights and be conservative with the heating, this can also involve regular competitions and events raising money for environmental causes. You may find that making an effort to uphold sustainability in your business will give you a better reputation with customers.
If you have questions about any aspect of running a business, contact out experts at TEDCO Business Support. We’ve helped thousands of businesses hit the ground running, and yours could be next. Call us on 0191 516 61 02 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.