Aside from helping secure the future of our planet, minimizing corporate carbon emissions and working towards sustainability can also improve your business’ reputation. According to an environmental technology company, at least 77 percent of Americans are concerned about the impact of the products they consume and more than two-thirds are willing to buy sustainable products and services. The foundation for this change in attitude is happening at universities across the globe. A recent survey presented on UNESCO found that 91% of students asked said their place of study should actively incorporate and promote sustainable development. In order to meet this demand top universities are now offering degrees in sustainability to help a wider pool of students that includes remote learners create a world with a cleaner environment, a healthier population, lower operational costs, and increased political and social goodwill. With the education sector leading the way, corporations need to do the same. In this post, we highlight three different ways you can minimize the corporate carbon emissions of your organization.
Cut down energy use in the office
According to recent reports, almost half of a company’s carbon footprint is generated by its energy use. Because of this, it’s important for your organization to adopt practices that will help you decrease your company’s energy use. Such practices include using ENERGY STAR certified appliances, installing energy-saving lighting, and even choosing a green web hosting company. While these practices may seem small, they can greatly reduce your corporate carbon emissions and lessen the cost of energy bills.
Partner with a sustainability consultant
To best figure out what practices and measures can significantly cut down your corporate carbon emissions, you should employ the services of a sustainability consultant. These professionals have the training to be able to help companies become more environmentally responsible. Apart from the pressing issue of minimizing corporate carbon emissions, the growth in this field is also driven by the formal and institutional commitments related to sustainability by the top publicly traded companies. These experts will have a passion for sustainability and environmental science, as well as a deep knowledge of subjects like business, policy, environmental ethics, and earth systems. When looking for a sustainability consultant, be thorough and make sure that they’re capable of helping you build sustainable policies and manage high-level environmental projects.
Educate your employees
Your employees are your greatest assets when it comes to cutting back on your corporate carbon emissions. By educating them on how they can be environmentally responsible in their daily lives, you can make a huge impact in the fight against climate change. However, you should first lead by example by making a public statement that the organization is dedicated to reducing its corporate carbon emissions and by laying out what strategies and plans you have in place in order to achieve your goals. Doing so can inspire your employees and help them understand that they, too, have an important role to play. To educate your employees, be sure to have sustainability workshops, film showings, and webinars that can teach them on how to make a real difference.
By following the advice we’ve highlighted above, you can lessen the negative environmental impact of your organization.
Article was specially written for https://tergo.io by Amy Conner