Climate change is a serious threat that’s getting more and more urgent. The good news is you don’t have to be an environmentalist to help fight climate change. Even business owners and entrepreneurs can get involved with making their businesses eco-friendlier to help fight climate change. Many businesses are looking for climate change and sustainability services to get them on the right track. Here are some simple steps your business can take to reduce emissions, make your operations more efficient, and invest in renewable energy sources:
Invest in Renewable Energy Sources
Businesses can help fight climate change in many ways. One way is to invest in renewable energy sources. Renewable energy is a key component of the Paris Agreement. This means that businesses that invest in renewable energy sources are helping the environment and saving money on their energy costs at the same time. The “green dream” of a world powered entirely by renewables has been held back by several factors. There are upfront costs, availability, and even technical challenges to making the switch.
Use Less Energy
We all know that energy is a precious resource. The more we use, the more greenhouse gasses are released into our atmosphere. So, if you’re looking to help reduce your carbon footprint, there are plenty of ways to do it that don’t require drastic lifestyle changes. There are many simple changes you can make in your business to start using less energy.
These include installing Energy Star light bulbs, turning off appliances like computers and printers when they aren’t being used, setting thermostats higher or lower depending on whether people are occupying spaces, running fans rather than air conditioners when possible during warm months, choosing reusable water bottles over disposable ones and even buying paper products made from recycled materials.
Measure Your Carbon Footprint and Then Reduce It
First, you’ll need to have an understanding of what your carbon footprint looks like. If you’re not sure how to do this, look for tools that can help you measure it. The EPA has a useful tool for measuring your CO2 emissions. This will give you a baseline so that you can look for ways to lower it and be able to later determine if you made a measurable difference or not.
Once you’ve measured and understood where all those emissions are coming from, go through them one by one and see what steps can be taken toward mitigating the most damaging ones. You might end up switching out lights, implementing sustainable practices like installing solar panels or even just making small lifestyle changes like recycling more often or offering employees a few days a week to work from home.
Buy Materials From Other Sustainable Companies
Purchasing materials from companies that are also trying to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment can help you achieve your sustainability goals. When you buy products made with recycled materials, the company can save money on production costs because they don’t need as much raw material. They will also be able to use less energy in the production process, and this will result in fewer greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere.
When choosing a product or service provider, look for companies that are committed to using renewable energy sources and/or using less energy per service provided.
Buy Recycled and Then Recycle
When you need new tech, buy recycled electronics and then recycle your old gear. Buying new hardware is one of the biggest drains on the environment. When we replace our equipment every few years, we generate mountains of electronic waste that’s difficult to dispose of responsibly. E-waste from computers, phones, and other gadgets accounts for much of the toxic waste in US landfills.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce this staggering amount of e-waste without sacrificing performance or productivity. Buy refurbished products whenever possible. These have the same quality standards as new without actually being brand new. Don’t buy something unless you really need it.
Reduce office waste by going paperless and using less packaging for supplies. Going paperless is one way to reduce your office’s carbon footprint. It also saves money, because you can avoid the cost of printing documents and using paper for stationery. If you do use paper, make sure it’s recycled. Also, when buying supplies for your business, try to get reusable bottles and cups instead of plastic ones.
All of these tips can help businesses fight climate change and contribute to a healthier planet.