More and more companies are integrating sustainability into their company policy
Having a positive social impact brings multiple benefits, not only for the environment, but also for the image of the company.
Sustainable or eco-friendly offices are environmentally responsible workplaces that help enhance the well-being, creativity and productivity of workers, while helping to fight climate change.
The measures to reduce the carbon footprint that are applied in a company can imply changes in the habits of the personnel, reorganization of the space or adjusting to new technologies.
There are numerous possibilities to introduce these changes; many of them do not involve costs, and even generally entail economic savings.
In this way we reduce the consumption of paper and ink in the office. Print only when absolutely necessary, making sure we do it with recycled materials.
Establish recycling areas and points accessible to all. Promote the separation of waste for proper recycling through campaigns that motivate all colleagues to participate.
Each ton of recycled paper is equivalent to a saving of about 270,000 liters of water and the equivalent of a ton of carbon.
3. Consumption of eco-friendly products
If we talk about electronic equipment, we must take into account energy efficiency, investing in appliances that are between labels A, B or C.
In addition, we use a lot of stationery products in the office. One way to reduce our environmental impact is to use environmentally friendly and reusable materials.
4. Water dispenser
Avoid plastic water bottles in the office and place a water dispenser so that everyone can refill their glass, mug or glass bottle. Also use them for coffee, infusions and for those who stay in the company dining room.
Statistically speaking, the world buys a million plastic bottles per minute that end up in landfills or in the sea.
5. Stable temperature
In the office, the greatest energy consumption comes from heating and air conditioning. Therefore, it is recommended that we keep them at a stable and adequate temperature throughout the year.
Each extra degree of cooling is calculated to represent an increase in energy consumption of 7%. In this way we will save a lot of energy and we will have a suitable temperature to work.
6. Avoid phantom consumption
Mobile chargers, computer screens, printers … all of this constantly connected to the electrical network represents unnecessary consumption.
7. Reduce light consumption
Making the most of natural light is much better for work and offers other benefits for staff health and well-being.
The use of LED bulbs or energy saving light bulbs and installing motion sensors in different parts of the office building means considerable energy savings.
It is important to note that the more involved the staff is, the easier it will be to apply CO2 reduction measures and the better the results will be.