Four ways to reduce your firm’s carbon footprint in 2021
As an electrical engineering company which spends a lot of time working on renewable energy projects, we’re always keen to hear how we can make our own organisation more sustainable. And, while awareness of our carbon footprint is not a new concept, attitudes towards the environment have changed significantly over the last 10 years.
For some businesses, the pressure to be more ‘green’ is not solely driven by climate change legislation alone, but guided by what matters to customers and stakeholders – who might perhaps look for those deemed to be environmentally conscious.
Whether a micro-SME or an international conglomerate, adopting a more sustainable approach to working isn’t just going to benefit the environment – it can bolster the bottom line and improve brand reputation too. But only when it’s truly authentic and genuine. So, where do you begin?
1. Consider the amount of energy used
While this might sound like an obvious starting point, surplus energy contributes to pollution which could easily be avoided – and hikes up your monthly bills, too.
Sustainable energy management covers everything from supplier choice, to how you use and monitor your usage. The Low Carbon Hierarchy, for example, is there to provide businesses with helpful advice on how to make small changes which can make a big difference.
Once you know where your organisation is spending – and losing – money on power, you can look at where there might be savings to be had.
2. Try to tackle waste
This doesn’t mean reducing everyone’s wastepaper baskets by 50%, but rather addresses some of the inefficient technology habits within the company.
From something as simple as turning off items that are not in use – such as screens and computers – to switching to energy-efficient lightbulbs in the office, these little things will all add up.
For those wanting to go even further, there are clean energy suppliers on the market – so it’s worth shopping around for your business utilities. Check for a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) certificate to ensure your energy is renewably sourced.
3. Consider the cloud
Who remembers a time when offices were wall-to-wall with filing cabinets and stacks of paperwork? Not only does this pose a massive fire hazard, but it ultimately leads to a mountain of recycling when the documents are no longer needed.
Cloud storage provides a modern-day solution to the problem of paperwork, with digital filing systems keeping collateral safe in one central – albeit virtual – location.
Not only that, but as the popularity of remote working continues to rise, and for organisations – like ours – which work from locations all over the UK, it enables staff to access files from almost anywhere.
4. Consider cycle-to-work schemes
You couldn’t avoid the news reports looking at the staggering drop in pollution during the start of the UK’s Coronavirus lockdown in 2020 – and it planted a seed in the minds of many.
While a solo commute via car or public transport is unavoidable for some, incentives around a cycle-to-work scheme is a great way to help employees think about their own carbon footprint.
There are plenty of ready-made initiatives out there for you to plug into your workforce, so what are you waiting for? On your bike!
Find out more about our clean energy solutions, here.