There are many steps companies of all sizes can take to reduce their carbon footprint. This can be anything from waste collection to active tree planting.
1. Invest in green energy and equipment
Investing in green energy and green office equipment can be another great way to reduce a company’s carbon footprint. Another way to reduce a company’s climate impact is to reduce the amount of waste it generates. By focusing more on other day-to-day activities, companies can reduce their energy consumption slightly and thus reduce their impact on the climate.
2. Carbon Offsetting
A carbon offset is a reduction or removal of emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. Offsets are measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent.
Carbon offsetting is another way to balance overall greenhouse gas emissions. You can even become carbon neutral by reducing your total emissions to zero.
The cost varies depending on your carbon footprint, but a carbon neutral certification partner can help you find the most cost effective option for your organization. Carbon neutral certification can also give your customers proof that you are committed to reducing your environmental impact. The certification process often includes a greenhouse gas assessment that details the emissions from your company’s normal operations.
Workplace recycling is an easy way to reduce your organization’s carbon footprint. When we recycle, we reduce the amount of raw materials that must be obtained to create products from scratch.
For example, recycling one tin can saves enough energy to run television for 3 hours. Also, there is no limit to the number of times cans can be recycled. In paper recycling, one ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees from deforestation, as well as 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kWh of energy, and 3 cubic yards of landfill. Introducing workplace waste collection can also contribute to a greener work culture.
4. Smartly Reduce Energy Use
Energy use accounts for around half of a company’s carbon footprint. Reducing a facility’s energy consumption not only saves money on energy bills, but it also reduces the company’s carbon footprint. There are several methods to make tiny adjustments, such as installing energy-efficient lighting, employing energy-efficient appliances, or moving to a green web hosting business. And even little improvements can have a large impact, such as offering flexible work schedule, which can greatly reduce the pollution created during commute.
5. Print Minimally
Store as many documents electronically as possible to avoid printing them and having them scattered over the office. It will save a lot of storage space, and they will be just as accessible as if they were printed. In addition, consider reusing scrap paper, print double sided when printing, and unsubscribe to magazine and papers that nobody reads in your workplace.