Fewer and fewer people have any doubt that the most significant environmental threat facing humans is climate change. We know the grim reality that is all around us, but are we aware that we still have time to stop its worst consequences It is enough to change certain habits in our private and professional lives. Each action counts if when added together that results in a cleaner planet for our children and grandchildren.
So, what can we do to reduce our carbon footprint,that is, our impact on the environment? There are many ways, including changing some of our habits as workers.
These eight actions can take care of the environment from your office space.
Minimising our impact on the environment with small routine actions should be a priority for all of us.
We spend a lot of our time at the office, so that is where we must begin to reduce the environmental impact of our actions. In our workplaces, we can also put into practice the 3Rs rule for taking care of the environment: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
Select an energy provider that offers green energy – It is critical to invest in an energy provider that contributes to a healthy environment rather than destroy it even more. The right supplier will not only help you in saving the environment but will also help you to save monies while enjoying green energy.
Turning off computers and other office equipment when they are not going to be used -In most offices, there are lots of computers and electrical equipment that are left on standby when not in use. Turn them off if you know they will not be used for several hours. You will be saving costs for the company, and it will also help to reduce the electricity consumed to keep a machine on standby when it is not being used.
Emails with unnecessary messages - Did you know that emails also pollute? When you send an email, electricity is required to power the data centres, computers and other devices that are needed to filter, read and deliver the messages. The use of all these devices leads to the emission of carbon dioxide.
Optimise paper usage - Paper is one of the most common materials in any workplace. Whenever you can, reuse those sheets that have already been used: to take notes during a meeting or a telephone conversation or to jot down useful information for your work.
Multi-purpose printers - There are printers that consume half as much energy as others and perform several functions, as they can print, photocopy and scan. In other words, a single machine can do the task of three, meaning that electricity consumption is much lower.
Coffee cups and glass bottles - Many offices have a rest area for their workers. It is very common to find coffee makers and other electronic devices if this is the case, reuse the utensils and, as much as possible, avoid using single-use containers (each employee can have their own cup, for example). Say no to plastic bottles and yes to glass ones. And, of course, unplug the machines whenever they are not in use.
Use natural light whenever you can -Whenever possible, turn off the lights and take advantage of the natural light coming in through your office windows. If you cannot take advantage of an outside-facing space, use energy-saving light bulbs everywhere in the office: in the offices, bathrooms and rest areas.
Keep an eye on the heating and air conditioning. - Offices built with good insulation make it possible to optimise the use of heating and air conditioning devices. Lower the temperature of the heating. Lowering the temperature by a single degree means 300kg reduces the CO2 emissions. As for air conditioning, the temperature should never be excessively low since energy consumption will end up skyrocketing.
Plants to purify the atmosphere - There are plants that help reduce any pollutants that may be floating around inside the office. They purify the air and not all of them need direct natural light to survive.
With the above actions, no matter how small, you will be helping to minimise the impact of your work on the environment. And not just inside the office. When you go to your office, try to use non-polluting vehicles and, if this is not possible, use public transport safely. The objective is to avoid emitting CO2 into the atmosphere.