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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability

The role of corporate social responsibility in reducing carbon footprint

Global warming is an ever-growing problem that threatens our very existence. Nowadays it's better known as "climate change". The reason for the name change is that global warming doesn't necessarily mean tropical temperatures for everyone. With the elements imbalanced, it will lead to more extreme weather conditions in both directions. Some places will be hotter, while other places will become even more frigid. The only thing that is for certain is that the sea levels are rising and people are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment. Corporations are steady behind them and they're making big changes to how they handle business in regards to nature. Here are some ways for your business to mitigate its impact on nature.

  1. Determine the size of your carbon footprint

Calculating your companies' contribution to climate change isn’t an easy task. There are thousands of ways you can add to your own carbon footprint and combining them all into a single number is ridiculous. This is why other methods are used to roughly sum up where you stand when it comes to carbon emissions. Carbon footprint calculators are a semi-reliable way to find this out. Both direct and indirect effects are measured by this calculator.

Direct emissions include all the carbon dioxide that is produced by company vehicles, printing machines, computers, etc. Every piece of machinery has to be included in these emissions. Indirect emissions include things that were made by creating a larger carbon footprint. Things like desks and chairs might not emit carbon dioxide, but it was emitted during their production. Once you have a starting point for your carbon footprint, reducing it and improving your eco-friendliness should be a breeze.

  1. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gasses are gases that help the Earth get warmer. Having too many of them in the atmosphere can lead to rising temperatures and global warming. Reducing these gasses is of the utmost importance if saving the environment is the goal. Gasses also settle in the ocean, which can lead to ocean acidification. This is a huge risk for marine life, which needs a stable pH to survive in those waters.

Different businesses produce different amounts of greenhouse gasses. Some industries, like agriculture and food processing, are more likely to produce a significant amount of greenhouse gasses. To mitigate this, they need to look at changing processing techniques and reducing the production of these gasses

  1. Make changes to the office

Company policy is the first thing to change, but you should never forget about the smaller things. Making your office green is an important step towards achieving green goals. Replace regular lightbulbs with LED versions in order to lower the amount of power used by lights. Proper insulation is necessary if you don't want the heat to leak out in large amounts.

The office kitchen might need a re-haul as well. Everybody likes the smell of coffee in the morning, but sometimes the way you make the coffee can harm the environment. Instant coffee vending machines lead to an overabundance of plastic. If you have a passion for coffee and the environment, you might want to rent out a Lavazza Office Coffee Machine instead of using one that produces plastic waste.

  1. Restoring ecosystems

Humans are expanding into nature at an alarming rate. In order to build houses and buildings, natural habitats are moved or destroyed. This obviously leads to the loss of a lot of flora and fauna. In order to build offices, you’re going to need some land. Despite the rapid expansion of human settlements, progress is being made to reduce the impact and damage done to fragile ecosystems.

Restoring lost bits of nature is a great way to curb your carbon footprint and combat climate change. Re-planting a forest is a good start. Trees are the main producers of oxygen in the air we breathe. They act as the lungs of the world, giving us breathable air in exchange for carbon. More trees naturally mean less carbon in the air. With more trees, you also help many animals return to their natural habitat.

Conclusion

In conclusion, lots of companies are implementing green measures in their business because it’s the responsibility of the business to not harm the environment it resides in. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to curb carbon emissions. Once you get the hang of it, making green decisions becomes a breeze. All you need to do is educate yourself and your staff the importance of not polluting the environment.



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