Beyond the obvious recycling paper hints, here are some changes to the way you do business that can reduce your carbon emissions and environmental footprint and have some surprising extra benefits.
Online Meetings and Conferences
Before arranging meetings and conferences, consider whether it really needs in-person attendance or whether it could be done with webinars or web conferences.
Extra Benefits: reduce time and travel costs. Include people from more diverse locations. Manage larger numbers of people without having to host or cater. Option to record sessions.
Many businesses don't really need their own stand-alone offices.
Extra Benefits: No need to lock yourself into a long lease, lower up-front costs, share the costs of receptions, board rooms, etc.
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Whether it's for yourself or your employees, commuting to an office by car is a big source of emmissions – and frustration. Flexible or offset work hours can reduce travel time or make public transport a good option. A shower and change facility can make walking and cycling an option.
Allowing a full-time employee to work from home just one day a week reduces their commuting emmissions by 20%.
Extra Benefits: happier, fitter workers. Reduction in car parking required.
Change the Dress Code
We all know those offices where people need to wear a cardigan in summer. Adjust your thermostats and encourage everyone to dress for the weather to reduce cooling costs in summer and heating in winter.
Extra Benefits: happier, more comfortable, workers.