It’s hard to make a profit in the competitive world of business, but for many companies, there is another kind of competition - one waged against climate change. This battle will only get more intense as time goes on.
The stakes are high for both your company and society at large. We can't afford to wait any longer before making changes that reduce our carbon footprint. Here are a few steps you can take today to start reducing your company's emissions.
Move toward zero waste.
The current system of consumer capitalism is focused on ‘planned obsolescence', the idea that a successful corporation will make more money if it makes things with short-term use in mind, not long-term durability. It's time to move away from this practice and try something new. Stop purchasing disposable products made by unethical production practices that will fall apart after a few uses and focus on reusable items instead. If enough people do this then businesses will have no choice but to adapt their policies towards catering to a more sustainable society.
Harness renewable energy sources.
Renewable fuels are more prevalent than ever. This is likely due to climbing oil and gas costs and developing worries about environmental change. Given the limited idea of petroleum products and the probability of worldwide environmental change guidelines being ordered in the blink of an eye, organizations should begin estimating and lessening their energy utilization now. This won't just yield ecological advantages however, it will also give your business an upper hand when environmental approaches become real.
While making this move may require initial high costs, in the long run, harnessing renewable energies will save money for your business. One of the main reasons is because it reduces operational costs as there isn't a reliance on fossil fuel as a primary energy choice. In addition, renewable energy sources are generally more cost-effective than fossil fuels, despite the initial expense. For instance, the price of a wind turbine is initially high compared to a coal plant. But when you account for subsidies, maintenance costs, and other factors, wind power becomes more cost-effective than using fossil fuels.
Another factor that contributes to the long-term savings aspect of harnessing renewables is avoiding costs related to waste production. Fossil fuels are non-renewable resources, meaning they will only last a limited time. This means that over the lifespan of your wind or solar power plant(s), you'll be left with a minimal amount of waste production while more and more renewable energy sources become available for usage.
And finally, harnessing renewable energies will provide sustainability for future generations who will depend on us getting things right, so they have a livable planet. Even though this approach might seem costly, it's a wise investment that is necessary in order for us to do our part in salvaging the livability for future generations.
Cut business travel emissions.
As businesses progress, they create innovations and enforce economies. But there's a dark side to this seemingly glamorous industry. Business travel emissions contribute significantly to climate change and its effects on our planet, but what can we do about it? Join us as we explore the topic of how businesses are trying to take responsibility for their carbon footprint with a focus on airlines in particular.
Airlines emit massive amounts of CO2 because planes fly high up in the atmosphere where there's little oxygen available - this means more fuel needs to be burned and creates more emissions. In addition to this, a tax on carbon might be introduced which would only impact business travel.
As a result, businesses are taking responsibility by implementing new carbon-reducing strategies. One of these strategies includes utilizing green travel cards to offset the effects of business trips. If you have ever wondered how your company's trip is impacting the environment, here's what you need to know about their (and your) environmental footprint.
In order to better understand what strategies businesses are implementing and how they can be used, we must first look at the negative effects that air travel has on our environment. One of which is greenhouse gas emissions, which effectively cause climate change when released in large amounts. Carbon dioxide is one of these gases produced by air travel and contributes significantly to global warming.
Take steps to reduce your business’s carbon footprint and become a leader in the environmental movement. Not only will you make a change in the world, but you will also set a precedent for other up-and-coming businesses!