Reducing the environmental impacts of your business operations (such as greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and highwater use) has a positive impact on your bottom line because energy efficient practices reduce operating costs. The added benefits of improved employee productivity, being able to offer more sustainable products and higher brand reputation from being recognized as an environmentally and socially responsible company add to profitability as well.Fortunately, small steps taken to reduce your company’s carbon footprint (reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are directed into the atmosphere from human activities) can have an incremental impact.
The 5 simplest ways to reduce your emissions are:
Reduce company travel
Where possible, substitute attendance at meetings for communication via web and video conferencing. Allow the staff members who do not need to be in the office all day, every day, to work from home.
Turn off the electricity
Unplug devices at the end of the day and set them to sleep during periods of inactivity. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, too.
Purchase energy-efficient supplies and appliances
In the United States, it is estimated that, if every office product purchased was energy certified that would be the equivalent of taking 158 000 cars off the road. Energy-saving equipment also cost less to run.
Reduce your waste
Waste reduction saves money through a reduction in purchases and less need for waste removal.
Buy green. For many companies, a large portion of their emissions are passed up to them from their supply chain. Procuring from organisations that are green will likely have reduced their emissions which your company will benefit from.
Start small but start. Your business will thank you