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Measures Companies can Take to Adopt to Fight Climate Change

Climate change refers to observable differences in climate over a long period of time. Some examples of these differences would be rising sea levels or changes in snow and rain patterns. Unfortunately, as a consequence of our industrial activities, extreme weather events are becoming more common. It is important that companies recognize their role and take measures to implement positive change.

Many companies are in a position to have a more significant impact in the fight against climate change than the average individual. Companies should aim to be on the frontline to stop climate change. If you don’t know where to start, just kick things off with small changes like reducing the number of pages you print or encouraging employees to carpool.

Know your greenhouse gas emissions levels

A good first step is to measure your company’s emissions levels. It is impossible to quantify your improvements if you don’t know where you started. In order to get this done, you can contact a certified agency that will handle all calculations and measurements. Once they have the necessary data, they will evaluate which of your activities produces the most pollutants.

After having identified your biggest problem areas, they may even give you recommendations on how to cut your greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions. Their professional help and consultation will help you decide which strategies to adopt, how to introduce them to your company and how to implement these changes for best results. Be sure to check your levels at regular intervals.

Reduce waste

Another option for companies to lower their carbon footprint is to reduce the amount of waste produced. There is always something that can be done to implement better sustainability practices. For example, donating food to charity rather than throwing it out or using kitchen crockery in favour of disposable cups, plates and utensils. Correctly sorting waste for recycling is important too.

Whatever options you may choose will depend on your core business activities. Remember to involve and ask employees, as they may have a better idea of where to focus your efforts. Encourage them to adopt an eco-entrepreneur mindset, and they may be more likely to embrace sustainability measures such as seeking how to repair a device rather than replacing it entirely.

Choose sustainable suppliers

Each business should treat choosing the right partners as a corporate social responsibility. Choose sustainable suppliers that make good choices for the environment and their local communities. These suppliers should be able to demonstrate excellent environmental and sustainability policies backed by certifications. And, if you have the chance, ask for a tour of their facilities to see their operations for yourself.

The processes of the suppliers you choose will also have an impact on your own eco-footprint. So, you should do your best to ask questions. Be sure you don’t choose a supplier that exploits children or dumps waste into public waterways. If you suspect any of your suppliers of not adopting sustainable practices, you may want to consider looking for alternative suppliers.

Raise climate change awareness among your employees and other stakeholders

Most companies have a bigger voice in their communities than they think. Use this influence to raise awareness of your initiatives to fight climate change among employees, consumers and members of the media. Hold internal events to raise awareness of sustainability issues and how you aim to combat them. Collaborate with other organisations to make a bigger impact in your community.

Encourage eco-friendly ways of working

Some work styles are more environmentally friendly than others. For example, telecommuting provides numerous environmental benefits and may even make your employees happier. Not having to commute to the office means that your employees will have more personal time in addition to eliminating the fuel emissions they would produce by driving to the office. You may also consider digitalisation to reduce paper.

Minimise business travel

Business travel is one of the leading sources of human-related emissions in the workplace. In 2019 alone, transportation accounted for 29% of all greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere. In 2018, commercial air travel was responsible for 918 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. According to the New York Times, flying is the worst environmental sin most people commit.

By decreasing business travel, companies not only make a positive environmental impact but cut costs as well — making it a win-win. Technology has made it easier than ever before for people to communicate. And due to COVID, businesses are adopting remote work policies. However, if this isn’t suitable for your company, travelling by train or bus are eco-friendly alternatives to flying.

Challenge local and national policymakers on climate change

Corporations can play a role in influencing laws and public policy. They can have a big impact by publically engaging politicians and public figures. Companies can even offer financial support to grassroots organizations or non-profits to support experts in taking action against climate change. If businesses participate in this fight, they will help to ensure new environmental restrictions are introduced more quickly.

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by Lynda Arbon

Lynda Arbon is a passionate and enthusiastic health blogger. She likes keeping herself updated on health trends and blogs. Her favourite pastime is learning history and solving crossword puzzles.

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