Due to the ever changing modern way of living, our planet is now warmer than it has been in 800,000 years. This Valentine’s Day, take time to reflect on more ways you can show love for the planet. Think about as a business any measures you can take to help prevent global warming – it’s often the small things that have the biggest impact. Without any action, climate change could be irreversible by 2030. By implementing changes now, you can ensure that your business is taking measures to help combat the crisis.
We’ve rounded up 5 fantastic ways to improve your workplace carbon footprint…
1. Review Your Energy Efficiency
Some recent studies show that by 2050 air conditioning will cause 20-40% of global warming.
More so than ever, it is important for companies to look at ways to embed sustainability and clean energy measures to reduce consumption and become more energy and cost efficient.
One great way to do this is to review your air conditioning and heating systems. There’s lots of funding out there that you may be eligible to access which will help towards the cost.
Here at Futures, we were advised by The Carbon Trust who were able to quickly and easily refer us for funding to implement a new and more energy efficient air conditioning system.
2. Introduce Environmental Targets
If you haven’t yet introduced an environmental management system (EMS) to monitor the impact your business has on the planet and increase operating efficiency, now is the time.
Creating an in-house EMS involves assessing your processes. For instance, if you are a manufacturer, where do you source your raw materials? From there, start to build a plan, setting realistic targets for the financial year ahead. Look to gain certification to ensure credibility, choosing an accredited certification body to meet ISO 14000, the family of international standards relating to environmental systems.
Benefits of an EMS include cutting costs, reducing waste and being seen to be green. Over 80% of people respect businesses that implement eco-friendly practices, according to international research. This suggests that by going green, your business will attract a larger customer base.
3. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
It takes less energy for businesses to recycle a material than it does to produce that very same material. Take aluminium for example: we can save a whopping 95% of the energy once used to produce an original aluminium can if we recycle it. Influencing your employees to recycle just one lunchtime’s worth of waste correctly could have a huge impact on our planet in the long-term. Landfills are packed with 21% of incorrectly disposed of food and 14% of cardboard.
Consider where your paper goes once it leaves your desk: We save 17 trees when we recycle just one tonne of paper correctly. According to national research, the average office worker in the UK uses up to 45 pieces of paper per day – Do you know where your paper goes? Designating paper specific recycling bins will make a big difference in the long run.
4. Say No To Plastic Waste
Plastic makes up 18% of landfill waste and millions of tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year, posing a threat to marine life. How does plastic get into the ocean? The bottom line is us.
Consider making changes to the cutlery in your cafeteria, as just one person using plastic cutlery daily amounts to 466 plastic items annually. Opt for good quality reusable cutlery that will save the business money once in practice.
Shockingly, an estimated seven million coffee cups are thrown away every day in the UK. How many of these can be recycled? Devastatingly, 1%. Consider issuing reusable branded coffee cups for employees – it will make your workplace appear smarter and your oceans will thank you for it.
5. Embrace Technology
Why not reduce your carbon footprint and conduct a percentage of business meetings via Skype? Greenhouse gas emissions due to transport have declined only by 2% in the past 20 years in the UK. Quite worryingly, transport ranks as one of the major factors of climate change. Conducting Skype meetings where possible will save your business time and money and place you as a forward thinking business. Consider introducing car sharing schemes for those that live within close proximity of one another, whilst incentivising walking to work for those that live close by. Think of all the parking space dramas this could eliminate!
This Valentine’s Day, we’re discouraging red or pink: be seen to be green.
Workplace sustainability is not only smiled upon by prospecting clients and proves cost effective, but is valued by your employees too. Millennials, the largest generation alive today (those born 1981-1995) are incredibly committed to changing the planet. Studies show that 79% of millennial employees are loyal to businesses that care about their effect on the environment.
Looking to add value to your team? Head to the Futures website or give us a call on 0113 205 0120 to discover how we can help to match you and your business with the perfect candidates!