19 Mar SMEs and their carbon footprint
How small companies can make a big difference.
It is said that within a typical commercial office, about three-quarters of waste is made up of paper and cardboard, 12% being food waste and 6% glass and plastic. This proves that small companies can adopt numerous smart ways of consumption in order to reduce their carbon footprint.
Our free audits at ESS will analyse all the steps of your waste management process and the related costs, so that these statistics can be majorly reduced.
How are SMEs reducing their carbon footprint?
Waste disposal expert, Veolia, calculate that small businesses spend around £384 a year each on getting rid of waste alone. Is this a possible reason why SMEs can have high carbon footprints?
When businesses assess the major costs of their company, looking at how to effectively dispose of rubbish may not be a top priority. According to WRAP (the government Waste Resources Action Programme), a quarter of all the waste in England is generated by businesses.
From food to product packaging, there will always be at least one type of waste. However, Envirowise say that approximately 70% of office waste is recyclable, although, on average, only 7.5% reaches a recycling facility.
Despite these figures, recycling group, Envirotech, believe that it is possible for small to medium sized businesses to reduce up to 60% of their waste, so here are a few starting points in reducing your business’ waste and carbon footprint, and therefore costs:
- Saving salvaged materials and therefore minimising the use of certain materials can minimise waste disposal costs, as well as material expenses. Business waste includes any waste that comes from construction/demolition. Building materials, such as nails, concrete, bricks, wood and glass could possibly be donated or used for other projects.
- Ditch the car to get to work. Why not walk, cycle or even get public transport to work in order to reduce your own carbon footprint.
- Switching from laser to inkjet printers can help to achieve energy savings of up to 96%, CO2 emission reductions of 92%, and waste reductions of 95%. If every business in the UK made the switch to business inkjet printers, it would save enough power to run more than 60,000 houses.
- Get your business to go paperless. Online systems seem to be increasingly appealing to businesses instead of wasting paper. Not only can it be more convenient, but cheaper and better for the environment. Saving paper can also help to save office space and improve data security for confidential documents. Similarly, it may speed up document sharing and amendments if edited online.
Making smarter energy choices just makes perfect business and environmental sense.
Or equally, find out your carbon footprint here.