We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint by being more aware of our impact on the climate, so what can we do to reduce this and be more environmentally aware of the world around us but also prepare our businesses for the change?
What is a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint is defined as the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans, businesses, the production of food, manufactured goods, transportation, buildings, the list is endless but essentially it is anything that produces carbon dioxide and methane and through the emission of burning fossil fuels.
It is difficult to measure our exact footprint with so many variables to consider, however there are a few ways by which we can reduce this in our businesses by using (for example ) insulation to reduce energy waste and switching lighting to LEDs, these are just a few ways to quickly and easily achieve energy reduction and thereby reducing your carbon footprint.
“How can I make my business energy efficient?“
Talk to an expert about reviewing your energy supply, getting advice on how you can switch to renewable energy is one of the easiest ways of making a big reduction to your energy bills and your carbon footprint.
“What about the equipment we use on a day to day basis?“
All businesses will use equipment that helps them run, however have you thought about the footprint these machines make? Replacing devices such as computers and printers to more energy efficient ones will greatly help reduce this and save you money in the long term.
Use timing devices to optimise your heating and cooling systems. Energy can be wasted if these systems are not being used correctly, costing you more money. Consider installing a building management system to regulate temperatures in different areas of your business such as an office space and server rooms.
Recycle and Reuse
Put a sustainable plan into practice and engage your employees by encouraging them to reduce water and lighting by turning taps, switches and devices off when not in use. Purchasing recycled paper reduces carbon emissions and refurbished phones and IT equipment is another way to reduce your carbon footprint. Deceasing single use plastic is another easy way to help you stay sustainable.
So, are there ways your business can reuse or recycle plastic?
There is a lot to consider and to action on the path of being carbon friendly, it can be overwhelming for a business to implement changes and gaining the full support of everyone involved. Seek help from an experienced broker who can help and provide you with an achievable plan.
We could all do more to make our planet a better place to live and work and taking a few steps to make positive changes is one way we can reduce our footprint and help our climate.
Take advice from a reputable broker who can guide you through government legislations and provide you with ideas on how to make your business more energy efficient as well as save your business money on its energy bills.
UK Energy Management have been providing businesses with expert advice and guidance since 2010. Get in touch to find out more about how we can help you with energy efficiency.