In the modern age, environmental concerns inform business decisions to an unprecedented extent. Any business that aspires to be green will need to actively monitor and minimise the amount of carbon that they’re releasing into the atmosphere – whether directly, through their own activities, or indirectly, through the activities of their suppliers. Risk management lawyers can help to minimise your exposure to reputational damage when it comes to the environment – but it’s a good idea to also put in place green measures which will actually reduce your impact.
Back renewable energy
If your business is powered by wind, solar and hydroelectric power, it stands to reason that it’ll be greener than if it were powered by coal and oil. You can take this decision yourself with the help of a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin. This will ensure that the energy provided to you is sourced responsibly.
Reduce travel emissions
Transport represents a considerable chunk of your business’s impact on the environment. If you can limit the amount of miles that your business is putting in, therefore, you’ll also be able to limit the amount of carbon you’re releasing.
The coronavirus pandemic might have demonstrated that your business can get by without staff coming into the office five days a week. In some cases, you might be able to switch employees to home-working on a permanent basis.
By far the most polluting form of transport, per mile travelled, is air travel. If yours is an international business whose employees often travel from one part of the world to another, then the amount of flights you’re booking should be a focal point. Reduce the number of flights, and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint – it’s that simple!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The three Rs should figure prominently in the way that you approach emissions – and waste in general. Every member of your organisation should be aware of these three words, and they should inform everything from shipping and packaging to the stationary your office gets through. The first two should be called upon first, as they’re more effective than recycling. However, there are some items that can’t be reduced or reused – which makes a recycling program a powerful and worthwhile part of your emission-limiting practices.
Make the most of technology
A paperless office will spend less energy (and, naturally, paper). Where internal communications are being printed, this transition can often be made at minimal cost – which makes it a transition worth making. Cloud computing makes it possible to extend this principle across multiple sites and freelancers, too – adopt it, and slash your postal bills at the same time!