From renewable energy to IT, this is the future of decarbonization
It’s becoming increasingly important for business leaders to be seen to be making a conscious effort when it comes to promoting eco-friendly practices and protecting the environment. Fortunately, modern technological innovations are making it easier than ever to operate sustainably as a business.
Being seen as an eco-conscious company not only helps to protect the environment but can also improve consumer confidence and loyalty toward your brand. This means it’s good for business and good for the planet.
Here are three different ways businesses can utiliutilizese technology to clean up their carbon footprint and help in the battle against climate change.
The energy that’s required to power a business’ facilities and supply chain will be one of the biggest contributors to its carbon footprint. But with the developments of new sustainable technologies in recent years, it’s becoming easier than ever to use greener energy throughout your operations.
There are so many different sources you can use to produce green energy for your company. One of the most common and accessible examples is solar energy. Whilst solar panels still attract a hefty price tag, and installation won’t come cheap, they’re becoming more accessible than ever, and the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial financial outlay.
Having the option to generate your own electricity from a renewable source means you’ll be less reliant on harmful fossil fuels. What’s more, investing in this technology now will help to futureproof your company, in preparation for government policies coming into force as they work towards net-zero targets.
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Work Towards Carbon Neutrality
A common long-term goal for many modern companies is to work towards carbon neutrality. This means that as a business, they’re producing net-zero emissions, which is crucial to slowing down the effects of climate change.
If you’re looking to become carbon neutral, start by calculating and reviewing your carbon footprint, to identify areas where emissions can be reduced. Initially cutting back on the amount of carbon produced can make the process of becoming carbon neutral easier further down the line as you grow.
For unavoidable emissions, you can look into carbon offsetting schemes. These work by businesses purchasing carbon credits, which can be used towards offsetting projects around the world. These could include things like putting more renewable energy into the grid, or reforestation and conservation.
Green Web-Hosting Services
With many businesses becoming remote-first since the start of the pandemic, it’s becoming increasingly important to clean up your digital footprint. Every action we make online emits a small amount of carbon, from using a search engine, to sending an email.
There are many companies that provide green web-hosting platforms for companies to use. These service providers make a conscious effort to operate in an eco-friendly way by promoting sustainable practices, such as encouraging energy efficiency and investing in carbon offsetting schemes. It’s worth noting that these services are typically more expensive than standard web hosts, but the environmental benefits will outweigh the economic costs.
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