The turn of the new decade has brought an unprecedented chain of climatic disasters, which has forced all of us to take a step back and evaluate what we have done to the planet. It has forced us to increase our adaptation to climate change while also reducing the catastrophic impact we have on the environment.
Awareness is building – although slowly- and business owners are learning the integral role they have to play; after all, there’s only one planet for all.
In this blog, we will dissect how can you reduce your business’s carbon footprint:
Install Strip Doors
Strip doors, also called vinyl strips or PVC strips, are among the most widely used curtains in facilities across all verticals to minimize energy loss. So, if you’re wondering how on earth can a strip door help to save the planet, keep reading!
In a nutshell, strip doors help control the temperature and act as an effective barrier against drafts, rains, dust, fumes, and noise. Thus, it significantly reduces the need of having ACs to regulate temperature, extermination to kill pests, and so on – which in turn helps to reduce the carbon footprint of any business.
Strip doors require low maintenance, are durable, and also cost-effective. In addition to reducing the energy cost of any firm, these curtains also help in reducing product spoilage, wear & tear, and maintenance cost – all of which are known to increase a company’s carbon footprint.
So, if you are on the fence about whether or not to install strip doors, giving it a shot will definitely be helpful.
Set Sustainable Goals
The most overlooked yet the most important step any business should take in order to reduce climate footprint is to set benchmarks and targets. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the cheapest form of energy is the energy one doesn’t use.
Some simple steps like switching off machinery and equipment when not in use or transitioning to energy-saving options won’t just save money but also reduce your carbon footprint by several folds.
Energy prices hike at a rate that far exceeds inflation. Thus, a 20 percent reduction in your energy costs can pose the same benefit as a 5 percent increase in sales.
Checking your bills to comprehend your consumption and set goals to keep lowering the demand.
Besides the energy department, there are several other areas where you can set up your climate-friendly goal. For instance, reducing the dependence on fossil fuel, leveraging climate-friendly designs, and so on.
Coming back to the topic, using strip doors can help isolate the coolness/hotness, which will reduce the usage of ACs, which will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that your business produces.
Optimize Heating Systems
There’s no doubt that indoor temperature controls could be an efficient way of slashing carbon emissions. With the help of adequately installed controls, businesses can make sure their heating and air conditioning are correctly timed – ultimately lowering the risks of wasted energy.
Likewise, building management systems could also give correct readings on temperatures, dramatically reducing emissions over a certain period of time. Also, correctly training the staff on operating heating and cooling units will help mitigate unwanted spikes in energy bills and install good, eco-friendly habits that can eventually lead to significant carbon dioxide savings in the long term.
Cutting Travel Emissions
HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) lead to a big percentage of greenhouse gas emissions and road transport NOx emissions; thus, finding solutions to cut emissions is a significant focus for many firms. Installing telematics devices and GPS monitoring in trucks helps businesses analyze their fleet and verify that they are traveling the most efficient routes.
Staff training in eco-driving strategies can also help them become more fuel-efficient and, as a result, lower emissions.
Vehicles that run on lower-carbon fuels or electric power can also help a company reduce its carbon footprint. Due to its superior performance, vehicles driven by BioLNG (liquefied natural gas) are becoming more common on the road.
While it is the imperative aspiration for almost all companies to reduce their carbon footprint, sometimes, the nature of the goods or services being produced will not make that possible. After all, it is inevitable that some form of emissions will need to be created as part of the day-to-day operations of running a business.
In such instances, businesses are now looking at carbon offsetting as a solution. While this isn’t the best option available, I agree, it is is better than nothing. Carbon offsetting refers to a process in which businesses are given the opportunity to offset their emission by buying ‘carbon credits.
In turn, these carbon credits are utilized to support environmental projects around the globe that either mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or absorb carbon dioxide.
Although, indeed, carbon offsetting isn’t a one size fits all approach to mitigating the impacts of climate change, it does enable businesses to be proactive in their mission to reduce the carbon dioxide they release in their environment while offsetting the inevitable emissions.
Invest In Climate Resilient Designs
We cannot eldude all of the repercussions of climate change, even if we take aggressive climate action. Building resilience must become a higher priority for businesses.
This kind of action not only avoids potentially significant losses but also provides a substantial business opportunity.
With all the catastrophic weather events we faced in 2020/21, it’s a wake-up call for all businesses to amp up climate resilience into their operations.
Businesses must develop resilience into their operations as extreme weather events become more common. People, property, and infrastructure are all at risk as a result of climate change. For example, in the United Kingdom, one out of every six homes is at risk of flooding.
To maintain business continuity, it is critical to have a plan and insurance in place to withstand these storms, droughts, and floods.
Switch To Renewable Energy
The combustion of fossil fuels for energy is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Investing in renewable energy, like solar and wind, is a simple way to dramatically lower your company’s carbon impact.
As a result, renewable energy options are getting more and more popular. This could range from solar heating systems, which use the sun’s energy to heat water and buildings, to biomass boilers, which generate heat and electricity through the breakdown of organic materials. Since it’s a 200% renewable fuel, it also offers extra benefits like minimizing waste and even cutting costs.
Reducing waste doesn’t mean going paperless in a day or switching everything with biodegradable options. It would be great, but sometimes that is not simply possible. You can start with minor changes, and before you know, you will significantly lower your carbon footprint.
Examine your company’s product packaging. Is packaging excessive, and can it be lowered?
Only print documents if they are really essential. Make use of the two-sided printing option. Reduce the amount of paper you use by going digital as much as possible.
Allowing obsolete devices to wind up in a landfill is not a good idea. Instead of throwing out old and legacy PCs and other equipment (which puts secret data on hard drives at risk), talk to your document destruction specialist about having them safely eliminated and repurposed.