How to make sustainability a priority pledge for all employees

How to make sustainability a priority pledge for all employees

As the year draws to an end, we are left with time to reflect on the highs, lows and things we can improve on in the years to come. Following COP26 earlier this year, it is clear that the climate crisis is an ever-worsening issue that must be resolved. But this is one New Year’s resolution that we must all work on together, in order to achieve.

Embracing a green future opens the door to many more opportunities for businesses. Including environmental, economic and social benefits. But a sustainable future can only be achieved if employees are actively involved in making the change. Without the participation of everyone, a business could fail to reach its net zero targets.

We take a look at some of the ways you can encourage employees to become ‘net zero heroes’.

Start a sustainable pledge challenge

Much like green initiatives, pledge challenges can bring a host of benefits for companies. Offering incentives for eco-friendly behaviour encourages employees to live more sustainably, in a fun and collaborative way.

Plastic-free challenges are a great way to encourage and educate employees about simple ways to become more eco-friendly. These activities can be a good bonding experience, as well as boosting your company’s green credentials. This could also encourage a broad range of eco-conscious clients to work with your business.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Establishing recycling programmes within the work place could have a significant impact on your waste levels and overall carbon footprint. Not only will this have a positive impact on the business, it will also encourage employees to integrate sustainable habits into their daily lives.

Aside from installing recycling points around the workplace, there are several other ways to ensure that your employees reduce, reuse and recycle. Supplying reusable food containers can cut the amount of single-use plastic waste that accumulates on your business premises. Not only do reusable bottles, food containers and other environmentally friendly items lessen your impact on the environment, they can also save you money in the long-term. Buying reusable products means that you won’t have to purchase items that need to be replaced on a regular basis.

Take a greener route to work

Levels of carbon emissions have dipped considerably during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the UK shut down and travel halted, CO₂ emissions from transport fell by a staggering 19.6%. This highlighted the power of every person and business in the fight against climate change by reducing their carbon footprint.

Asking employees to use greener modes of transport may seem like a big request, but there are many ways to go about this.

So, how can you make green transport more accessible at your business? You could try:

  • Installing more bike shelters
  • Setting up carpooling rotas
  • Offering incentives to walk, cycle or use public transport

How can ESS help?

We all make New Year’s resolutions every year. But why not try and stick to a resolution that could improve the environment around you, and make a substantial difference to the planet?

At ESS, we understand the importance of progressing towards a sustainable future.

With our many years of experience and expert teams, we are focused on providing clients with everything they need to begin their journey towards sustainability. From smart energy procurement, to carbon management solutions – we’ve got you covered.

Get in touch to learn more about how ESS can help you to reach a greener future.

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