Reducing your company’s carbon footprint isn’t just something that makes you more alluring to customers and improves employee morale. It’s increasingly becoming necessary to avoid bleak environmental and economic consequences in the future.
Start with the Three R’s. They are reduce, reuse, and recycle. You can start making efforts here in everything from office supplies and packaging to operations and your supply chains.
Recycling is certainly something that’s come a long way, and you should reevaluate how your company does things on this front. If you don’t have a recycling option set up, then you need to establish one so your employees aren’t putting materials that can have new life into local landfills. For that matter, if you do have recycling currently, make sure they are actually doing it. Quite a few ‘recycling’ programs just skim for profitable materials and still just waste the rest. Be sure you have your company’s cans and dumpsters being taken care of by providers who truly care about the proper disposal of waste.
Another kind of waste that you might want to reduce is your food waste. If you order food for your staff, do so from caterers that use local ingredients that didn’t travel long distances by fossil fuel transportation. Also consider an office compost program that recycles food waste into usable fertilizer.
If you can afford it, buy carbon offsets. These fund projects that seek to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. Based on what businesses you buy offsets from, you might have tax deductions that you can enjoy. It’s worth noting that carbon offsets are somewhat controversial, but they are sometimes the only way certain businesses can help the world towards carbon neutrality.
If you have any physical buildings that your company owns or is allowed to modify, then you might want to look into wind and solar energy. Renewable energy is something you might be able to generate on your own properties, or you can possibly specify to your utility provider that you want to buy green energy. Again, rebates, subsidies, and tax breaks might be possible here.
Whenever possible, use green appliances and refrigerants. Air conditioning units and refrigerators alike often have harmful chemicals that result in greenhouse gases hurting the air everyone breathes. Technology has certainly improved over time, but make sure you have the best of the best keeping your workers (and their food) chill.
One thing you might not know about is the possibility of using sustainable web hosting services. These are quite the invisible fossil fuel hog. If you rely on outsourced or off-site data servers, they’re likely sitting in a warehouse that’s powered up by fossil fuels. That’s not just power for the servers, but also the massive amount of cooling that goes along with them and even backup generators when the power goes out. Find a web host that uses renewable energy for their operations.
Learning how to reduce your company’s carbon footprint now is a great thing to do, but getting started with the actual physical implementation of these ideas is even better.