A carbon footprint refers to the total amount of greenhouse gases generated by an individual or a business, but why is it so important? Harmful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane have a damaging effect on our planet, causing everything from global warming to increased air pollution.

 

Everyone has a responsibility to look after our planet and businesses both big and small can help by reducing their carbon footprint. Many of these changes are easy to implement and every little helps, so read on to find out more about how businesses can reduce their carbon footprint.

Reduce road traffic emissions

Encourage employees to take part in a cycle to work scheme or car sharing in order to reduce your business’s overall road traffic emissions. You could also set up a rewards programme to benefit those who walk to work or take public transport.

Energy efficient lighting

Making the switch to more energy efficient lighting, such as LED bulbs, is one of the quickest and most effective ways for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. LED lights are far longer lasting than traditional bulbs and very little energy is wasted as heat. Dimmer switches and light sensors also help to cut down on electricity costs and lower the amount of emissions produced.

Watch your waste

Businesses should aim for the three ‘r’s – reduce, reuse and recycle. You can now purchase many recycled versions of office supplies, such as paper, packaging and even furniture. Businesses should also ensure that they have recycling bins in a prominent place, with separate containers for paper, plastic, glass etc. If you work in construction or have a lot of waste to get rid of, choose environmentally friendly skip hire to ensure that as much waste as possible is recycled.

Cut down on paper

Many offices consume vast amounts of paper, but is it really necessary? Almost all documents can now be sent electronically (even sensitive documents requiring a signature), so think carefully before you print. If you do need to print documents, use the double-sided setting where possible or purchase recycled paper to use in your printers.

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