Tips for reducing your carbon footprint at work
We’re all accountable at work for our day to day performance, but are we as accountable for our carbon footprint? In many large organisations there will be an official ‘green’ policy in place, which helps to map out targets for things like wastage, emissions and in turn financial savings, but in smaller companies this rigorous process isn’t as common. That doesn’t mean it isn’t important though. Studies have shown that companies who have green initiatives in place save money, improve profitability and look better to investors and shareholders. If you think it’s time your company started embracing initiatives like these, here are some tips for reducing your carbon footprint at work that you can start putting into practice straight away.
- Switch to biodegradable cleaning supplies. What an easy way to ensure that your office is using materials produced in a more responsible way to lower your carbon footprint.
- Stationery supplies should be recycled materials where possible. Sometimes these can cost a bit extra which is why many companies don’t consider them, but the small price difference will have a bigger impact on your carbon footprint over time.
- Get an independent energy audit carried out on your company to identify the biggest energy drains (on another positive note, these will most likely be your biggest areas of expense too – so there’s an opportunity here to start saving money too)
- Consider who your corporate charity nominations will be – could you donate to a green cause? What about a renewable energy cause? Is there a local charity that plants trees to offset carbon emissions that you could help?
Longer term investments
- For savings on your energy bills and lower carbon emissions, your company may wish to consider switching to low energy lighting options, and lights on sensors in hallways and less frequently used spaces like meeting rooms.
- Is switching to a paperless office on your green agenda? With the number of electronic transactions taking place, the need for paper invoices, application forms, meeting agendas etc is rapidly reducing. Switching to an entirely paperless office might not be feasible without an investment in current systems, but the potential is there.
- Investments in the company vehicle fleet to more streamlined designs to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency requires a big initial outlay, but it’s one which can help a company see a dramatic improvement in their carbon footprint over a short period of time. At ReGen, we have a company owned modern vehicle fleet with low emissions, and our collection trucks and trailers are high capacity vehicles, meaning they can carry more waste with each journey and this means fewer trips are required which cuts down on carbon emissions.
- Appointing an official in-house Sustainability Officer to oversee ‘green’ operations and drive these initiatives forward. With the rise in importance of ‘green’ corporations, the job market has also expanded to create opportunities for individuals who are passionate about creating positive environmental change for organisations. In future, it will be commonplace to see someone in this type of position within forward-thinking companies.