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How to cut your carbon footprint

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Energy                                                                                                                                  

  • Switch off lights when not needed.
  • Make sure exterior lighting is only switched on at night (if required).
  • Changing your light bulbs will save you energy and money (even if you have fluorescent tubes).

Transport

  • If businesses could allow their employees to work at home for one day a week, the collective reduction in carbon emissions would be huge.
  • Make it a policy to invest in video-conferencing and other technological solutions that can reduce the amount of employee travel.

Waste

  • Avoid buying non-essential items and items with excess packaging.
  • Reuse items for as long as possible (such as plastic bags) to keep waste down.
  • If things have to be disposed of, recycling is a better option than landfill.

Water

  • Processing and delivering water in the UK accounts fortwo to three per cent of the country’s total electricity use. Reducing water-use not only reduces carbon emissions and protects supplies to meet current and future demand, it’s also an easy way to save money and to reduce risk to your business from water scarcity.

Engage employees

  • Ask your team for ideas for reducing carbon throughout your operations.
  • Offer incentives such as bonuses for eco-ideas that save the company money can help speed innovations.
  • Involving your team from the start will gain buy-in from them making the long term success of your plans more likely to work out. It can also improve staff morale; people are happy when they feel like they are making a difference. This also increases the chances that staff will implement these kinds of changes at home which is good for everyone.

… and your suppliers

  • Consider targeting your top ten suppliers by turnover. This often is the easiest way to make large cuts in total supply chain emissions.
  • Remember to look at it from an environmental perspective as well – the products/services with the highest environmental impact may not be in your top spend yet are where you can make the biggest difference.

… and your customers   

  • By raising awareness of climate change and offering low carbon products, services and other incentives to change behaviours, businesses can extend the reach of their climate change activities and access new of markets.

Transform          

  • Transforming your company to be sustainable ensures it will still be of value tomorrow and requires adapting to a changing world and innovating for new markets.
  • Take the Mayday Business Resilience Healthcheck to help make your business more resilient to the risks it will face both now and in the future.

Read more about Mayday Network at www.maydaynetwork.com

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