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The environment is an important aspect in our lives and it seems companies forget how big their carbon footprint is on their surroundings and the world.
It’s important to manage your business in a way that impacts the environment as little as possible and find alternatives to practices and equipment that could potentially damage the natural setting. Also, promoting yourself as an eco-friendly business will make you more likeable to customers and possible employees.
Lessening your impact at home is a lot easier than trying to carry it out in the working environment, as there are budgets, more individuals to keep track of and people who simply won’t want to change. Therefore, it’s best to start out simple. Try out LED and energy-saving lightbulbs in the office, which are designed to use a lot less energy than a normal bulb. You could also invest in computer monitors with LEDs and look for anything you can replace with an energy-saving alternative – there are more out there, than you think.
Use fleet tracking software to help you identify more eco-friendly routes, keep track of your fuel and make sure your drivers are driving in an eco-efficient way. Eco-driving saves lives, money and the environment, so having a tool that can help you boost your company as eco-engaged will benefit your business in the long run. Encourage your fleet to drive more efficiently by disapproving of rapid acceleration, unnecessary speeding and late braking. You should also make sure they aren’t leaving their engine on when they should be turning it off too. Movolytics can even track and show the CO2 used and wasted per fleet and per vehicle.
Make sure you have recycling bins in the workplace, so people have the option to recycle instead of just throwing their rubbish away. A business environment creates lots of waste, so if you feel you don’t know what to chuck away or recycle, you could always outsource recycling to a company that knows what they’re doing.
You could also get creative with recycled products and look for alternatives to office insulation and equipment. The first thing you should invest in is recycled paper as offices go through the item the most. Recycling paper saves energy, trees, water and landfill space. It also reduces gas emissions and creates a sustainable source for new paper products. Therefore, the more people that use recycled paper, the more the need there will be for people to recycle it.
Alternatively, you could try to make your company go without paper completely. Trying to convert to a paperless environment will be hard, and it’s best to start with documents that can be easily sent out via the Internet. For example, you could make invoice papers digital and send pay slips out to your employees through emails, so they just have to enter a password and access it online instead.
Keep an eye on your water wastage and make sure no taps are still on when you leave the office. Ensure there are no leaks coming from pipes too and check in with your water provider every now and again to make sure you’re not using too much.
I’ve been in the fleet management industry for the past 8 years, helping companies to find more efficient ways of managing their fleet of vehicles. I joined Movolytics in 2018 as Director of Business Development, leading and training the sales team.