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Posted On 28 Sep 2022
Jennaya Dyet

As the world strives to live sustainably, your business should look into ways to reduce its carbon footprint. A higher footprint results in climate change, which affects natural resources and human health. Remember, as a business, daily activities like disposing of waste materials negatively impact the environment.

But what can you do for such activities, to reduce your carbon footprint? This article will help you understand more about carbon footprint and how you can minimise your impact.

What Is a Carbon Footprint?

The carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse (including carbon dioxide) emission into the atmosphere which results from individual actions. Too much carbon dioxide in the air will lead to climatic change affecting the environment and people’s normal way of life.

How Businesses Increase Their Carbon Footprint

Daily activities at your business premises can increase your carbon footprint. They include:

Electricity Use

Did you know that the electricity you use at your business contributes to a larger carbon footprint? This is because companies producing electricity burn fossil fuels which emit carbon dioxide into the air. So, if your business runs on high electricity, your carbon footprint will be higher.

Fuel Usage

You have to produce and supply your products or meet clients in various locations as a business. Remember, oil-powered vehicles release carbon dioxide when running. If you make more trips, your fuel consumption will increase your carbon footprint.

Waste

The waste from your business also contributes to your carbon footprint. When the solid waste from your business lands in a landfill, it starts to break down with the help of microbes. The waste decomposes and releases methane, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases. This increases your business’s carbon footprint, and you need to look into it.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Use the following tips to help reduce the carbon footprint of your business:

Use LED Lights

LED lights consume less power than standard bulbs. So, if you fix them on your business premises, the electricity consumption will be lower, reducing your carbon footprint. But if your offices get enough natural light, use that instead of relying on artificial lighting.

Use Energy-Saving Devices

You should also invest in energy-saving screens, computers, and printers to help reduce your carbon footprint. Remember that energy-saving devices don’t require much power and help to lower your energy consumption.

Invest In Better Insulation in The Office

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to insulate your business premises to avoid relying on heaters and aircon. Heaters or aircon pull a lot of power to keep the building comfortable during the day. However, better insulation will make you see no need to use any of these appliances.

Promote Sustainable Travel

You can also walk or ride a bike to your business. Using a bus instead of a personal car will also reduce the carbon emitted out to the environment.

Help Employees Coordinate Carpooling

Carpooling will enable your employees to spend less on transport and reduce the number of vehicles operating on fuel. When one car brings your workers to and from the premises, it will result in less fuel consumption, hence less carbon footprint.

Use EVs For Company Fleet Vehicles

Additionally, you can use electric vehicles to transport goods and run other company errands. An EVs company fleet of vehicles enables you to achieve your long-term goals cheaply while reducing the business’s carbon footprint.

Buy Eco-Friendly Office Accessories

Lead by example by introducing eco-friendly office accessories. Buy papers or pens made from sustainable products like bamboo. Your office chairs should also be from recycled waste materials.

Can Waste Be Reduced?

Yes. You can reduce the waste your business takes to landfills through different measures like:

  • Put a recycling plan in place
  • Donate older office equipment to charity/family/friends etc.
  • Convert to digital to minimise paper use

Grow Your Business with Us

Your business should strive to incorporate a sustainable environment in the office to help reduce your carbon footprint. Reduce your electricity use, fuel usage, and waste disposal. But don’t forget to join Oracle Tree to grow your business through the best marketing tactics.

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