Steps Businesses Can Take to Fight Climate Change
As we know tackling climate change continues to be the biggest challenge facing our generation and the transition to clean energy is critical. As a business owner; here are ways you can help.
1. Re- imagine Your Waste Habits
The ways by which we manage our waste have major effects on climate change, recycling and responsible waste management can drastically help. Having an effective recycling plan eliminates the need for raw materials, minimizes the release of greenhouse gases, and saves energy. On the economic side, recycling leads to decreased waste costs, saving businesses money in the long run
2. Increase awareness among employees and customers
The best encouragement for your employees is educating them about the impact their actions have on the environment. The 5 R's is the first lesson, this plan outlines four actions which should be taken, if possible, prior to'recycling': refuse, reduce, reuse, re-purpose, and then recycle.
3. Minimise Business Travel
Business travel is one of the top human-related emission generators for businesses. Normalised by the COVID-19 pandemic, video technology has made it easier than ever to connect with customers . However, if travel is required, traveling by train or bus is up to 90% more carbon-efficient than traveling by air.
4. Choose Sustainable Suppliers
As companies take on carbon reduction internally, it’s essential to focus on external factors as well. Making smarter purchasing decisions by choosing to work with environmentally conscious suppliers, allows businesses to contribute to protecting the environment while also saving money by using products that use less energy, produce less waste, last longer.
It is also known that customers will often pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact, so meeting your margins will be less of a concern.
5. Cut Energy Consumption
Energy consumption is responsible for over one-third of all carbon dioxide emissions. Focusing on energy reduction can result in big wins for businesses, both in terms of sustainability and cost savings.