Environmental damage has been one of the biggest stories in recent years and it is clear that businesses need to be doing all that they can to reduce their carbon footprint. Businesses tend to have a much higher carbon footprint than households (some industries are much worse than others) and now is the time for companies to take action to join the global effort.
It is a matter of urgency to tackle climate change and reducing your carbon footprint is the best way to do this. In addition to reducing the usage of fossil fuels, you will also find that reducing your carbon footprint can bring a range of other benefits, including cutting your costs, future-proofing your business and improving your brand reputation. So, how can you go about doing this?
Be Energy Conscious
The first step is to become energy conscious which means thinking about how much energy your business uses on a daily basis and then finding ways to reduce this. As an example, this might involve something small like turning off the lights when they are not in use or something larger like switching to energy-efficiency appliances.
Move Towards Zero Waste
Businesses can be very wasteful in their daily operation which is why you need to move towards zero waste as a way to protect the environment. Carrying out a waste audit is a good way to identify the best ways to reduce waste, but a few of the most common ways to do this include going to a paperless office, donating old office equipment and switching to recyclable packaging material.
Become Climate Resilient
It is no secret that extreme weather events have been increasing and, sadly, this will only continue in the years to come. This means that you need to make sure that your business is climate resilient so that you can weather these storms – as many as 1 in 6 properties in the UK are at risk of flooding. This will involve speaking with risk management law specialists that can help with risk mitigation linked to climate change.
Harness Renewable Energy Sources
One of the most effective steps that you can take is to completely switch to renewable energy sources. While this can be at a cost upfront, you will make huge savings in the long-run so it is a smart financial decision to make.
Finally, you need to make sure that you educate staff on climate change and how they can reduce their impact so that everyone can work together to make the business more eco-friendly.
These are the key steps to take which will help your business to join the global effort.