How Green is Your Company?
Running a company is about far more than attracting customers and bringing in revenue. Businesses also have lots of other responsibilities too, from looking after personal data to helping the environment. On that last point, how green is your organization? What is it doing to reduce pollution, conserve energy and cut waste? If the answer is not a lot, here are some ideas for going green in your business.
When was the last time you took a step back to think about how environmentally efficient your company is when it comes to waste? Are you, as a business, still printing on lots of paper, for example? There are simple things you can do around the office to tackle this. Instead of producing all those thick reports and presentation handouts which are given out to staff, can a secure electronic version be created instead?
What kind of recycling policy do you have in your company? At the very least, you should be recycling paper, plastics, glass, and metals. Having dedicated garbage containers around the office not only encourages your workforce to recycle, but it also makes the process quick and simple, with all the items already divided up and ready to be collected.
Make sure your staff is in the know about recycling. Why not organize some office events or provide some incentives to get people involved?
Is your office building making the best use of power? It could be that lots of heat is escaping in the winter, with your energy systems having to run on full for several months. Or maybe, in the warmer months, you are using full-on air conditioning? Get some experts to look into how your offices could be greener.
There are also simple things like installing light sensors in your building to switch off the power when no-one is using a room or other area of the offices. And does your company have the latest in green, energy-saving lighting systems? Not only could it help the business be greener, but it could also help save some cash when it comes to running costs.
If your business is big and sometimes need extra mobile power generation, you could look at gas turbine powerplant options, described as “environmentally-friendly emergency power.”
It’s not just about what goes on inside your company, what happens around it also matters when it comes to thinking green. For instance, how many of your staff bring a car to work every day? If the answer is the majority, then maybe it’s time to think about encouraging your workers to think of more environmentally-friendly options. Could you offer a loan scheme for bicycles? Getting staff on two wheels will help to cut emissions and the more they do it, the greener your company’s credentials will be. It’s also a great way for them to keep fit and healthy.
You could also think about installing chargers for electric cars, promoting vehicle sharing schemes and pressuring your local authorities for good local public transport connections.
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