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Reducing Your Organisation’s Carbon Footprint – Pros and Cons

24 July 2018

As of 2018, many organisations are still thinking about abandoning some old practices that can be realistically replaced with modern solutions, such as the elimination of waste paper, the use of solar panels or alternative energy sources and so on. Alongside these changes are encouragement for workers to get to work via alternative means: public transport, cycling or walking.

This is all in an effort to improve on the company’s carbon footprint, or its effect on global warming. While the actions of one individual company will contribute little to global warming or the mitigation of it, implementing ‘green’ company policies for your company can achieve things that are much more tangible: good PR and attention from press outlets, or even tax breaks from certain areas.

For The Factory

For manufacturers who need to source raw materials from third parties: from things like wood to gemstones all the way to computer components, making sure the source for these goods is using a sustainability policy is important, as people can and will track down where you get the materials for your products from. There could also be other problems with the source for your materials: alongside unsustainable business practices, unethical workplace standards are far too common in these industries, and it will reflect badly on you if you use these sources.

For The Office

For service-oriented companies, reducing your carbon footprint is easier than in manufacturing in many ways. One of the quickest ‘green’ processes your company can achieve is replacing paper entirely; most workplaces use computers, which can store and transmit files without printing them out, as well as having a host of productivity programs and apps that can replace things like sticky notes. If you need paper for whatever reason, establishing a clear recycling policy can mitigate the damage that paper use can have on the environment.

There are some other methods to reduce your footprint: replacing old light bulbs and light fittings with more modern energy-saving equipment, switching office equipment off after work and possibly finding alternative means of energy for the office: solar panels being the easiest way to implement such a system.

Going green can be an expensive and complex process, but when done correctly, you’re doing your company, your company’s image and the Earth itself a massive favour. At the Change Consultancy, we’re excited about taking new technology, methods and workplace philosophy to reinvigorate companies and get them running at maximum efficiency in an age where change is fast and confusing.

Ryan Shotton