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(4) Recycling and waste disposal

Every businesss waste disposal processes differ. A steelworks or a data centre do not have the same disposal issues as an insurance office for example due to the nature of the industry. 

However, every business can do its bit and make a difference to the environment. Paper can be separated out and recycled. Batteries can be separated out and sent for specialist disposal. Bottles and glass can be sent for recycling. Food can be delivered to special composters to be used to create energy. 

If an organisation like Nestl , can define, operate and achieve a zero to landfill policy, so can most other UK businesses given a bit of thought and effort.

(5) Partner with green vendors

With green issues and sustainability now at the forefront of public attention, many organisations now have a formal environmental and sustainability policy. 

Worryingly, many still do not. As a buyer, it is worth rewarding those that take their environmental responsibility seriously. For example, does a data centre operate energy efficient cooling Does a transport company operate its vehicles in an energy conscious way Is the environmental policy open, transparent and published on the organisations website for all to see  

The environment is everyones responsibility. Whether the rise of temperatures is caused by burning fossil fuels or just part of a long term climate cycle is a matter up for debate. But no-one can deny it is happening. 

There will be winners and losers, but mankind overall will be a loser from global warming if we continue to ignore the obvious changes. We all have an opportunity to do our little bit and whether we are a Welsh steelworks, a London data centre or a Scottish insurer, we should all be responsible enough to do it.

Roger Keenan is managing director of central London data centre City Lifeline.

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