An SOS For Nature
How to reduce the carbon footprint of your company?
A net zero carbon economy is good for the planet. And it’s good for business. But running a profitable company with sustainability at its core is difficult. A big part of the decision-making goes in reducing the carbon footprint and making it more efficient.
Climate change is real. As we move forward, operational costs will increase, the resources become scarcer and thus more expensive. However, it’s crucial to take a stand against uncontrolled climate change by setting net zero pathways and take steps to reduce their environmental impact.
With our dwindling resources, you need to come up with strategies and environmental policies to reduce the carbon emission and aim at negating the carbon footprint.
Companies like Google, Amazon, HubSpot have been drawing up their commitment and approach towards creating sustainable future through their environmental and social impact.
The big question here is where to start?
1. Have an energy consumption audit:
Assessing the energy consumption of your work premises will identify where savings can be made. By officially benchmarking the harmful greenhouse gases your company is producing, you will be able to devise an appropriate sustainable strategy more effectively.
2. Harness renewable energy resources:
The aim is to achieve net zero carbon emissions. That means no longer using fossil fuels and replacing them with thermal energy, renewable grid electricity. This will put you ahead in the game of reducing the greenhouse gases
3. Move towards Zero waste:
Reduce, reuse and recycle the resources. You need to analyze your current waste stream management, come up with waste reduction goals and develop prevention strategies in the supply chain. For example: By switching to recyclable packaging, it will be safe for our planet as it uses materials and manufacturing process with a minimal impact on energy consumption.
4. Tackle your distribution footprint:
As an e-commerce brand, you can efficiently work up your distribution network by reducing the kilometers you need to travel and greening the kilometers you have to travel. Here’s how you can do it
- Locate your distribution centers in places that enable efficient transport from your factories to your customers.
- Plan each journey/shipment to choose the most efficient route.
- Fill each truck as full as possible to optimize the use of space and weight allowances.
- Explore new ways to reduce emissions through technical innovation and alternative fuels like LNG and CNG.
5. Promote remote work:
Support remote work and provide your employees with remote access to applications, programs, data, and collaboration tools to reduce environmental cost associated with commuting, office space usage, and team travel. This will help you to cut business travel emissions. In case of necessary travel, encourage your employees to bike to work or carpool among colleagues.
6. Swap a Desktop Computer for a Laptop
Laptops can use a staggering 80 percent less power than desktop computers. Reduce your small business’s energy usage by encouraging the use of more energy-efficient laptops rather than relying on power-draining desktops.
It’s a long journey with many steps, but the destination is rewarding to your company, your employees and the environment.