The recent Extinction Rebellion protests and emergence of Swedish student Greta Thunberg as the unlikely voice and face of the fight against climate change has brought environmental issues to the forefront of everyone’s mind once more.
Here are some useful tips to help cut your carbon footprint and fight climate change from your office.
How to cut the carbon footprint of your office
Solving climate change is an international challenge. However, an individual contribution makes the biggest difference, and the best place to start reducing the carbon footprint is your office. Reducing Carbon Emissions means minimising the CO2 contribution, and fortunately, there are plenty of long-term changes that your business can implement to become more sustainable. We’ve outlined some simple ways to help your company save energy and reduce your greenhouse gas footprint without breaking the bank.
Minimise employee travel
One of the quickest ways to reduce emissions is to reappraise business travel. There are many ways you can use the web, telephone or video-conferencing to avoid the unnecessary trips. Also, you can provide flexible work arrangements to your employees, such as working from home, which would reduce the employee commuting time and carbon emissions related to business travel. To add, consider a carbon-offset program for your business. Encourage employees to use car pool, public transport or cycling as alternative ways of travel, and hold meetings via conference call, instead of getting everyone to come into the office.
Switch off all office devices
Bring good habits to work! If you can turn off all devices when you leave home, you can easily do the same at work. Nowadays, computers have power management options so they can be set up to turn off automatically. Keep in mind, a single computer left to operate all day produces 1,500 pounds of CO2 per year. Another quick fix is to use the lights when you need them. Install motion-sensitive lights or simply switch off the lights when you leave and reduce your average energy bills by up to 19%.
Reduce paper use
Nowadays, a paper-based working has been replaced by various electronic devices. Scanners, computers and faxes made cutting paper waste easy. If you do need to print, switch to double-sided printing and re-use one-sided copies for drafts and notepads. Also, consider paper recycling. Recycling is one of the simplest ways to reduce your Carbon Footprint immediately. If your business team consists of 20 or more people, switching to recycled paper could have the same effect as taking 70,000 cars off the road for one year.
Involve your staff
Employee education might be one of the most important elements in your business sustainability strategy. Make sure everyone in your team is equally informed and instructed to follow the new environmental strategy from the very beginning. Develop an incentive scheme rewarding individual employees or a team which reduces the most waste. After all, it is the team, their ideas and actions that will make a real difference.