- Introduce A Recycling Scheme
Establishing a recycling scheme in the workplace is one of the most effective ways of ensuring your business is eco-friendly. Firstly, identify the consumables in the company that can be recycled. They can include things like:
- Scrap papers
- Cardboards from deliveries
- Magazines and old newspapers
- Plastic bottles
- Lunch tins and cans
- Toners and printer cartridges
Position recycling bins around the workplace, especially areas with high traffic volumes. Pay more attention to breakout zones, corridors connecting offices and meeting rooms, areas with significant footfall, and cafeterias.
You can increase employee participation in having an environmentally conscious organization when you make it easy for everyone to recycle. Remove potential friction by placing bins for different materials together and use clear labeling to show what goes in each.
- Consider Going Paperless
Going paperless epitomizes how things are done in this digital era. It does away with the need to print documents and encourages notepads and similar digital solutions. Going paperless is good for the environment since it reduces the need for paper and saves the company from spending on such office supplies.
Therefore, assess your office’s demand for paper to determine why it needs it and when. You can then figure out how to go paperless and ensure that you meet the exact needs digitally.
For instance, you can consider paperless options for print handouts for office meetings. PDF files can suffice and issue them before the meeting. The PDF can include notes, questions, and other information that can make for a productive discussion.
If you have a filing system full of papers, consider reducing the storage volume and space needed by transitioning to cloud storage. It is a system where all the files are stored online in a secure, centralized area. The documents are not at risk of physical damage compared to paper files and data on hard drives.
Moreover, consider using recycled paper if you absolutely must print, and use both sides of the paper wherever applicable.
- Working Remotely
More and more businesses and professionals are embracing remote working as technology makes it more accessible. It means you can work from home, a shared workspace, or a location of your preference instead of making the daily commute to and from your office.
Remote working provides the following benefits:
- It helps cut emissions producing by commuting. A vehicle generates roughly 4.6 tons of carbon dioxide annually; that’s a significant number to be proud of when you want your company to play its part in pollution reduction.
- It helps the office save on energy. It means there will be fewer people in the office depending on the office kitchen or cafeteria appliance, the computers, printers, HVAC, and other equipment. It lowers operational costs in the long run.
- It helps save office space. Working remotely eliminates the need to lease more office space and even cuts back on demand for the available room. As such, it helps reduce rental and energy costs.
- Flexible working schedules since you can do your task at a preferred pace. You can pick what time to take a break and do something around the house if you work from home.
Overall, remote working is flexible, which is why it keeps gaining significant traction in most companies and organizations in this digital era. Conversely, employees are eager to prove that working remotely is ideal by delivering high-quality work and ensuring they observe deadlines.
- Use Smart, Energy-Saving Tech
It is wise to invest in some tech that helps save energy in the workplace. Some of the affordable and efficient options worth considering include:
- Smart lights with motion sensors that turn the light on and off depending on the traffic. Such systems will ensure that the lighting is not kept on when an office or room is not in use or occupied. Therefore, you will cut the energy costs attributed to unnecessary electricity consumption.
- Smart power meters, which are becoming a common feature in many homes. Most businesses are yet to realize the potential and seize the opportunity these meters present. Smart meters have digital displays that show real-time energy consumption, give usage reports and other information you can use to make vital changes that lower energy consumption and costs.
- Smart water and gas meters to help you monitor the water and gas usage on the company’s premises. The meters can also be linked to a cloud-based system. They also are designed to detect leaks and can be used to create an elaborate water/gas management plan.
- Switch To A Green Energy Supplier
Green energy tariffs were costlier than standard providers, but the tables have turned. Things are different today since the introduction of renewable electricity providers offering better prices. You could find one that provides the ideal deal with unique packages.
The UK has several energy suppliers that provide power from renewable sources; thus, you could be on green energy traffic without even knowing.
More suppliers are investing in bettering their renewable energy production, which has seen them generate more renewable energy based on environmental factors while accounting for the demand on their networks. That means you might be on a tariff that is entirely ‘green’ all year round, or you might be on such a tariff.
Some UK energy suppliers provide specific green tariffs that guarantee consumers will enjoy 100% renewable energy regarding their electricity and gas. Therefore, find out from your provider if you are on a renewable energy tariff, or they could get you on such a tariff if they have one. Conversely, you can visit the UK energy comparison site to compare the green energy tariffs available in the market to find what suits your needs.
- Supply Your Own Energy
Green or renewable energy is cheap, and you also can make it if you have the knowledge and resources. Businesses can generate it using microgeneration systems on a small scale, producing enough power for their premises.
Solar panels are also an accessible tech categorized under microgeneration solutions. Wind turbines can also be a viable option for some businesses and organizations. The turbines can be situated in areas with plenty of wind and at the height of roughly two meters and can generate substantial electricity.
While the government restricts you from selling the energy you produce to recoup the costs invested into the production; your overall prices are still low. You will also be playing your part in reducing your carbon footprint all year round.
- Have Up A ‘Green Team.’
Lastly, it is worth pointing out that the green initiatives and green transport technology for your organization or company are worthwhile investments but should not be a solo mission. Get your employees to buy into the idea and support you to put in place the necessary systems. That way, the changes made can be appropriately stewarded until they are enshrined in your business culture.
You can have your employees buy-in to your objective by creating a ‘green team.’ It would be best to empower the team to come up with new ideas and initiatives by allocating them targets and a budget. Also, let them make the changes they believe will help achieve the goal. The autonomy you grant them ensures your company stays ahead of the curve.
Having a staff investing in the company’s goal of going green will see them become advocates of what you wish to achieve, establishing an employee work culture that encourages participation.