How to Reduce Business Pollution
Your business has an impact on the environment. Whether you're eco-conscious or not, there's no denying that companies have a major impact on pollution and the quality of the environment. Take a look at our tips for reducing your company's carbon footprint.
Evaluate Your Current Situation
To evaluate your company's carbon consumption, then you can either hire an expert, or appoint someone in your company to be the emissions manager. It's important to assess where you stand in relation to your carbon footprint so that you can improve. After this, you can identify areas to improve on and come up with an appropriate strategy.
Take a look at your building, inside and out, and figure out where you can make upgrades. Simple things like good blinds, LED bulbs, and maintaining your office's heating system will make sure that your office is efficient.
Turn Off and Unplug
Make sure that your colleagues are in the habit of turning off at the end of the day, and that they have the energy saving mode on their computers and screens. Things like lights, kettles and microwaves should be turned off fully at the plug. This will reduce consumption and your electricity bill.
Implement a Working from Home Policy
While this is not always a popular solution to reducing your office's carbon footprint, it is a very effective one. This is particularly true if your employees mostly drive to work and emit carbon that way. High speed broadband, virtual office software, and video messengers like Skype mean that working from home is not a problem for most. If you implement a policy where one day a month your employees have to work from home, there will be a lot less cars on the road and a lot less carbon in the atmosphere.
Dispose of your paper, cardboard and other recyclable materials so they get turned into something else, rather than sent to a landfill. Try to use recycled items, rather than new so your carbon footprint is reduced that way too.
Measure Your Progress
Ensure you're on track by regularly measuring your progress. With your initial assessment, you'll be able to see whether your new policies are working or not. Create a timetable strategy of what changes you're implementing and how much energy you expect to save by how much is actually being saved. This way, you can adjust your plan accordingly.