While many businesses might not know this, reducing company carbon dioxide emissions can greatly benefit the bottom line. Sustainability practices can help reduce operating costs while improving employee productivity. A recent study shows that workers would feel more motivated and satisfied if they knew they were making a positive social or environmental impact on the world.
5 Mitigation Strategies to Minimize Corporate Carbon Footprint
Today, we look at five (5) mitigation strategies for companies to reduce their carbon footprint. Read on to learn more!
Using energy-efficient office appliances and equipment
In a recent survey conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, it was found that more than 1.5 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions could be mitigated if more companies purchased ENERGY STAR-certified appliances and equipment in the office.
More than half of a company’s carbon footprint typically comprises energy use. Thus, reducing your company’s energy can greatly minimize your carbon emissions.
The importance of sustainability in eCommerce shouldn’t be overlooked either. Since most eCommerce transactions are done online, it’s almost inevitable that they consume more energy than most companies. However, simple steps like investing in low-energy lighting at the office, unplugging equipment when not in use, and moving to renewable energy sources can help reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
Practicing proper waste reduction
Aside from saving the company a ton of money in disposal costs, waste reduction also has a massive environmental impact. The simple minimizing of the waste produced at your company can help lessen the environmental burden that your company causes.
The best place to start minimizing waste is in the office kitchen, where most waste is sourced. Here are a few ideas you can start using with your employees:
- Switching to reusable coffee mugs, plates, and utensils
- Buying compostable paper napkins and towel products
- Using a tap filter such as the Brita filter or Pur filter
- Providing Fair Trade products in the pantry, e.g., coffee, tea, and cocoa
- Replacing appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves with ENERGY STAR- certified units
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Take advantage of virtual meetings.
Studies show that 27% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are from transportation. This includes emissions produced by employees traveling for business-related events and commuting to and from work. Luckily, green travel options are more available to the public, e.g., renting a fuel-efficient car, selecting full flights on a large plane, or staying in a green hotel.
You could also choose to travel less. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, most companies have had to move to a more remote way of operating businesses. Thus, virtual meetings over applications like Zoom and Skype have grown more popular in the past two years.
While you may not be able to forgo every business trip, you can save a considerable chunk of energy by meeting with employees and clients from the comforts of your office chair.
Educate your employees
It’s important to remember that your employees play a huge role in your company’s success. So, getting your employees involved is key if you want to achieve real and quick results on your journey toward sustainability.
Let employees know about the company’s new mission to reduce corporate carbon emissions. Furthermore, inform them how they can help hasten this mission and reach positive results. For example, you can hold workshops and webinars or place signages in different company areas to help remind employees.
The only way to make a difference and achieve your goals is to get everyone involved and work together.
Use your influence
A large company’s influence encourages people to act on some issues. But, if you truly want to fight climate change and protect our planet from destruction, use your influence to encourage people to follow in your footsteps. Talk to your connections and actively push politicians and public actors to save our environment. If everyone works together, society can be better and healthier in no time.
Transitioning to more sustainable practices can be challenging when you first start. However, being determined and practicing consistency is the key to pursuing fewer corporate carbon emissions. If you’re unsure where to start, attending a few workshops or seminars about corporate sustainability can be a great way to state formulating a strategy. It’s also the best place to start looking for like-minded people who can help you achieve your sustainability goals. Lastly, don’t forget to try out the five mitigation strategies mentioned above.