How you can help reduce your business carbon footprint

 

Reducing your business carbon footprint may seem like a monumental task.In reality, there are a few simple things you should implement to help reduce your carbon footprint. In this post, we will be guiding you through these processes and providing relevant examples along the way!

We also recommend that you visit this site, https://www.carbonfootprint.com/. The site is dedicated to all things carbon footprint related, they even have a handy calculator that will help you get an idea of your current carbon footprint, you can find that page here!.

 

 

Switch to green energy!

 

This one is simple, stop using non-renewable natural resources, fossil fuels like coal or natural gas This is one of the main contributors to a businesses carbon footprint.

Even if you commit to using zero carbon or low-carbon alternatives this will help significantly.

Now, we understand how time consuming this may be for your business. Don’t worry though, this is where we come in! Visit our page dedicated to our energy procurement services and see just how efficient this process can be, when you work with us!

 

Waste management

 

Waste management in the UK is slowly changing for the better. But for your company simple changes can help improve how you manage your waste.

Little things like telling your employees what facilities you have and where they can go to recycle helps a great deal. Properly labelled and even colour coordinated bins helps as well.

 

Encourage cycling and public transport

 

Cars are one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. Encouraging you employees to commute to work via public transport is helps reduce your footprint.

The transport sector is a huge user of fossil fuels. As a result transport in the UK is in somewhat of a transition period as we venture from petrol and diesel over to electric! 

This transitional period will take a while for the UK to completely switch over. In the mean time however, it is strongly advised that you start using public transport more often. 

Also try and avoid ‘idling‘ in your cars. This is the name given to the act of leaving your engine on while parked. It contributes more to carbon emissions than you may think. 

Even car pooling is something to be encouraged!

 

Travelling to meetings and conferences

 

This is much the same as the previous point. If you have to travel to meetings or conferences try and us video conferencing like Skype so you don’t have to drive.

Try to minimise business travel as much as you can.

 

Print only when required.

 

Using too much paper is not very good for the environment, so using less paper is essential in cutting down your carbon footprint.

If this is difficult for you try and implement ways in which you can digitise some of you actions. There are alternatives online for document sharing, they may even increase the productivity and efficiency of your business!

Something a simple as double sided printing could also help!

 

Insulation

 

Making sure that your office is well insulated will not only save you money but help reduce the amount of heat you use.

There’s always that one person who is always cold in the office! So when you’re next thinking of reducing your carbon footprint, think about them and consider insulation!

Try and implement timings and controls for heating. This also improves the efficiency of your business. One thing that most businesses overlook is overnight heating.

If you have to keep the heating on overnight make sure it is at the minimal setting!

 

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