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The Risks and Rewards for Going Green

11 April 2017

Climate Change has been a hot-button topic for several decades now. Although acceptance in the political sphere has been (and still is) slow, most people have come to the same conclusion as scientists: climate change is real, and a significant risk to the future prosperity of humanity and the Earth itself. However, with the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the denial of climate change and the promotion of ‘clean coal’ and other pseudoscientific concepts about America’s role in climate change has come into vogue across the pond.

Despite the benefits of following the party line, many large businesses have openly criticised the Trump administration for, among other things, its dismantling of the EPA, currying favour with coal producers despite arguably being the most polluting method of generating power, and promoting ridiculous conspiracy theories about the true political role of climate change.

In short, now is the time, more than ever, to look at how environmentally friendly your company is. Despite the shenanigans going on in America, Britain and the rest of Europe remains committed to fighting climate change. There are more selfish reasons to adopt ‘green’ company policies, such as improving your company image, but the main impetus of adopting ‘green’ policies is a collective effort by companies around the world to make a real contribution to reducing humanity’s effects on the world that allowed it to develop.

One of the first places to start is the usage of paper. It’s 2017, what do companies need paper for these days? Nevertheless, there are alternatives to using paper in your businesses if needed, such as Post-Consumer Waste Paper, made almost entirely of recyclable materials and producing less waste. Whenever normal paper is used, recycle it rather than dumping it in the bin. While we’re talking recycling, there’s a lot of old furniture destined for the scrap heap that are perfectly functional, usually for a low price. Buying new chairs and desks may not be actively contributing to climate change, but it’s still part of the supply-demand dynamic that encourages further exploitation of natural resources.

Replacing obsolete equipment in the office, like old incandescent light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs or old high-wattage computer hardware with less demanding hardware can also cut down on the energy bill. Individual employees can make their own contributions, such as using a bike or public transport when possible over a car. As with most organisational changes, it starts with the individual.

Making your company greener may seem unprofitable and in some cases counterproductive but we owe it to not only our generation, and future generations, but to the life we still have on Earth.

Ryan Shotton