Carbon Reducing Tips for your Company
Make Carbon a Boardroom Issue
Certain top bods may resist this agenda item – but try mentioning that positive steps towards reducing your businesses carbon footprint could cut running costs by up to a whopping 30% and watch their ears prick up!
Reduce Out of Office Meetings
Where possible, cut down on car travel by encouraging phone, video and web conferences. If you don’t yet have these facilities you will be surprised how inexpensive they are nowadays, how quickly you’ll being saving money and how 21st century you will look!
Turn off the Lights
If you’re lucky enough to have your own office remember to switch off your lights when going to meetings or lunch. Businesses can save up to 15% on their bills by implementing this simple measure.
Switch to Recycled Paper
Using recycled paper uses up to 70% less energy than virgin paper . A few years ago, recycled paper was generally regarded as being of poorer quality - not any more. It has been proven that recycled paper is comparable to virgin sources in both quality, performance and cost – so no excuse.
Reduce the Engine Size of Company Cars
Vehicles with smaller engines are not only cheaper to purchase, save money on fuel but also help the environment by producing less CO2 emissions. A
2 litre petrol vehicle will produce 1.2 tonnes of CO2 compared to a 1.4 litre petrol vehicle which will produce 0.8 tonnes.
Provide Recycling Facilities
Recycling facilties are surprisingly easy to set up and maintain. With the UK landfill tax at £24 per tonne and set to rise for the foreseeable future, it not only makes sense for environmental reasons, but it can also make good financial sense.
Reduce Individual Waste Bins Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Once you’ve got your recycling facilities in place reduce the number of general waste bins – especially individual bins. It’s a great way to ensure people don’t throw away recyclable items. At first, staff may complain that they have to walk further but habits change quickly and it’s a great way to ensure staff get that necessary short break from the screen.
Promote Car Sharing
A car-sharing pool also reduces the number of car journeys to and from the office and saves staff money. Get staff to use notice boards and the company intranet to advertise. When staff have to travel in work time, encourage the use of public transport - plus think of that extra meeting preparation time.
Use Natural Daylight
It becomes habit to switch on those lights in the morning. Daylight costs nothing, so open those blinds and use it whenever you can. It can also reduce lighting bills by up to 19%.
Plant a tree
As well as reducing CO2 emissions, look into carbon offsetting schemes. A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime. The Breathing Planet offer a tree planting service to help reduce your business’ carbon footprint.
Demonstrate leadership with ecological schemes.
Set up an environmental champion group to promote energy efficiency in the office
Tax breaks are available to employees taking bike loans
Install bike racks, showers and cloakroom facilites to make it easier for employees to walk, run or cycle
Offer flexitime so parents don’t have to use the car to get their kids to school and get to work all in a mad rush.
Encourage home working. This can increase staff retention as well as save emissions.
Reach outside your organisation
Manage the supply chain; ask what your suppliers and distributors are doing on green issues. Reach both up and down stream.
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