Top tips to reduce your business carbon footprint
This New Year, reduce your carbon footprint and become a more environmentally conscious business.
We offer some useful little changes you can make in the quest to reduce your carbon footprint as a business.
Switch off your appliances
Simply powering down your laptop, PC and monitor may not seem like it will have a big impact, but by doing so you’ll be saving energy. Leaving just one monitor or PC on each night when not in use could cost as much as £45 per year in energy! Don’t forget to unplug phone chargers too as they still use energy even if a phone is not charging.
Switch to renewable energy
Changing your energy supplier is fairly simple these days. You can compare energy providers to obtain the best deal. Look for companies that generate power through renewable means. If you own your office building, why not look at installing solar panels on your office roof? You’ll quickly see a return on this investment (if the British weather allows!)
Switch to energy efficient lighting
Changing your bulbs to energy efficient LED alternatives is a great move for your business. LED’s don’t get hot, so use less energy and perform well in a variety of temperatures. They could last up to 50,000 hours which if switched on for 12 hours a day. That equates to around 11 years of lighting!
Organise your waste management
If you haven’t already, investigate recycling your office paper by using a secure shredding service. You’ll not only be keeping your data secure, but also responsibly disposing of your paper waste. A shredding provider can also remove and recycle your unwanted IT equipment responsibly, including hard drives, uniforms, and plastics. All materials are dismantled and recycled where possible, including glass, plastic and precious metals.
Paper shredding in real time
On-site shredding means your confidential paper waste is collected and shredded in real time. This means energy is saved as the truck is working whilst on the road. Daily routes are carefully planned to save CO2 emissions to become more environmentally friendly.
Insulate your office
Is your office well insulated? The type of heating you use and how you can provide a more energy efficient office. Insulating well means that you’ll be able to turn the thermostat down, saving money on heating as well as helping the environment.
Reduce business travel
If you regularly meet with clients, think about how you travel. If you usually take the car, could you swap to the train a few times a month? We agree there’s nothing like meeting face to face, but could a meeting be held over video call occasionally? Reducing international travel is another way of reducing your business miles. If you have to fly, then look at ways as a business that you can neutralise your carbon footprint to offset the carbon. Could your business plant some trees to compensate?
Buy local and sustainably
Look at your suppliers. Could you buy the items you need to run your business from a local supplier to cut down on miles? You’ll not only be supporting local traders but removing the need for long distance deliveries. The Shredding Alliance operates nationwide, but uses local depots to give you the best deal and reduce CO2 emissions.