Tracking Your Company Carbon Footprint:Ways To Reduce and Improve
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According to a recent report published by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), just 100 of the hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide have been responsible for 71% of global warming since 1998. Undoubtedly, this proves that if companies reduce their carbon footprint, it can positively impact the climate crisis we are experiencing.
What does carbon footprint mean?
CNN defines carbon footprint as basically the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that have been produced. It can be from a person, organization, event, or product. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, most commonly Carbon Dioxide, contribute to global warming and climate change.
To lessen the carbon footprints of companies, many are adapting to the green movement. Organizations are looking for ways on how the business can practice sustainability. Through this, companies not only make efforts to save the environment, but it benefits them as well. According to Forbes, 92% of consumers are more likely to trust environmentally conscious brands. Companies can earn more money and increase the bottom line by being sustainable. Harvard Business Review confirmed this and cited that overall sales revenue can increase up to 20% due to corporate responsibility practices.
So how can companies reduce and improve their carbon footprint? Here are some practical and straightforward ways.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Develop a waste-reduction strategy by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Reduce consumption of paper by automation and going paperless. You can also decrease the packaging material of your products or opt for reusable and recyclable materials. Donate old electronics and office furniture to schools or non-profit organizations. Refill and recycle ink cartridges. These techniques can be a big help in lessening what gets dumped in the landfills.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 25% of all GHG in the United States is due to electricity consumption because nearly 63% of electricity comes from burning fossil fuels.
Your company can choose to harness renewable energy by installing solar panels at your workplace. You may also purchase renewable energy from your power supplier.
Of course, the simple ways of saving electricity by turning the lights and electronics off when not in use can still make a difference. You may also invest in more efficient LED lights to further reduce your energy consumption.
Cut emissions from travel
Transportation generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions at 29%, says EPA. There are a lot of ways organizations can lessen this. First, check if business travels are really essential. With the rising use of online meeting platforms, you can connect with business partners and counterparts even from across the world without actually traveling.
For the travel going to and from work by your employees, you can create different people programs to support this. Encourage your employees to go on carpooling as this will save them expenses on gas from bringing their cars to work. To entice them to support carpooling, you may reward employees practicing this or grant them free parking for a month. You may also encourage employees to go biking. Organize an employee club of bikers to promote this. Then, provide shower rooms for them to change and freshen up.
Lastly, you may also check if you can let your employees work from home from time to time or as the need arises so that they wouldn’t need to travel at all.
Maintain your facilities well
Check and maintain the facilities of your workspace to improve your carbon footprint. Implement temperature controls to ensure that heating and air conditioning are appropriate according to outside air temperatures. Inspect your plumbing as well. If there are leaky faucets and toilets, have them fixed immediately to save vast amounts of water.
Minimize single-use plastic
Single-use plastic is another significant contributor to a company’s carbon footprint. Cut, or better yet eliminate, the use of single-use plastic in your office. You may implement no plastic straws and utensils in your office cafeteria. You can also request employees to bring and use their reusable mugs and tumblers instead of disposable coffee cups and water bottles.
Get green web hosting
Your company website is also leaving a carbon footprint. Choose green web hosting to ensure that the energy that powers your website is renewable and sustainable. Do not worry as this will not hamper your site- it will even make it better as it will be eco-friendly.
Shift to a smart way of shipping
Streamline your supply chain and shift to a greener method of shipping your products. Plan well so that every shipment will be maximized and you will consume less fuel.
Choose your partners well
Choose your business partners wisely. You can consider partnering with companies who have the same advocacy as you. Work with partners who also aim to limit carbon emissions and save the environment. You can also influence your current partners to go green.
Measure your carbon emission
As the popular saying goes, what you cannot measure, you cannot control. To evaluate your current carbon consumption, you can hire an expert or a professional, emissions-conscious Office Manager. This strategy will help you grasp your current standing and think of ways on how to improve further. Make sure to plot a timetable on when the improvements should be seen and continuously measure your progress as well.
Educate your employees
People are a company’s greatest asset. Actively engage your employees in your goal of improving your carbon footprint by educating them. Let them understand the need for the green movement and their role in making it happen. Explain the organization’s different interventions to be eco-friendly and inspire them to take ownership of their own carbon impact. You can even invite the organization’s top management to share their personal ways of cutting their carbon footprint so that the whole company will see that this is being taken seriously by everyone.
Business and nature can work hand-in-hand and progress together. By being conscious of your companies’ carbon footprint and lessening it, you not only save the earth but help your organization thrive too.
About The Author:
|Katreena is a scientist and a life hack specialist. She’s authored scientific journals on biotechnology and molecular biology. To take a break from scientific journals, she puts her mind into writing about lifestyle, health, and sustainability. She strongly believes that kindness makes the world go round.|