The environmental impact of companies is an increasingly relevant issue, both for the company itself and for its different audiences. In addition to contributing to the well-being of our planet, it is convenient to have green practices not only to save or economic incentives, but to go hand in hand with the social and environmental responsibility , bringing with it even a gain in terms of reputation.
2811 is now part of the SME Climate Hub, a global initiative to promote practices that favor the environment in small and medium-sized companies. we undertook this climate commitment from the perspective of ecological regeneration and with the intention of learning how to be more environmentally friendly from our work, and we discover high-impact practices that are not difficult to implement.
We must bear in mind that caring for the environment is now a shared responsibility that involves any actor, and that companies must play their part. Therefore, here we present some tips to implement green practices and make your business more sustainable.
Green practices for any company
1. Analyze your company's carbon footprint
It is important that you have an overview beforehand when identifying the environmental impact current of your company One way to do this is by measuring the carbon footprint , which will allow you to know the greenhouse gas emissions that your company emits into the atmosphere according to the activities carried out in it .
Knowing the carbon footprint does not require complicated operations: here we leave you this tool so that you can make a general calculation of the carbon footprint of your company.
2. Adopt energy efficient practices
power consumption _ _ It is one of the main responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. Here companies are large contributors, because in addition to the great use of electronic devices for work, sometimes they remain connected and even turned on for long periods of time when they are not used, even at night.
For this reason , it is important that you adopt energy efficiency practices in your company, which will also reduce the price of the electricity bill . Every month end. Implement the use of low energy consumption equipment and technologies, switch to LED lighting systems, bet on renewable energy, turn off the devices you are not using and do not forget to unplug them.
3. Recycle and reduce waste
Due to work worries or delivery dates, we can sometimes forget how we use and spend waste in the office. No matter how eager you are, it is important to always ask yourself the question: is it really necessary for me to print this on a piece of paper?
Consider what waste you can save and try to implement practices such as separating waste at source, recycling paper, plastic, cardboard and other materials, reducing water consumption or implementing composting programs .
4. Encourage teleworking
Telecommuting has become an increasingly popular work option, especially since the times of the pandemic. Teleworking allows a company’s employees to carry out their work from their homes, thus reducing costs, optimizing the use of resources and reducing waste production.
It is also worth mentioning that teleworking is a way to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by avoiding trips with private vehicles, and the consumption of energy in the company’s facilities.
5. Promotes the use of sustainable means of transport
If your company requires travel, meetings and face-to-face work, it is important that you promote the use of sustainable means of transportsuch as bicycles or electric vehicles. Generate incentives for employees who decide to use them.
You can also encourage the use of public transport or promote vehicle sharing (a practice also known as carpooling ), to reduce the amount of emissions generated by commuting to and from offices.
6. Share environmental awareness
Without a doubt, sustainability and green practices are all the rage today. Why then not take advantage of this with the people around your company? If you implement the practices, it is important to open conversations about it with collaborators and clients, the seed of the safe environmental care that will be watered.
Examples that we give you for this are implementing awareness campaigns about caring for the environment, offering prizes for good waste management or offering sustainable alternatives to your customers, such as the use of reusable bags or reducing the use of paper.
We invite you to learn more about SME Climate Hub and join your company to the network here .
Remember that caring for the planet is a responsibility of all the people who inhabit it, and everyone can contribute from their corner, or in this case from a company.