In recent times, the environment is coming into focus more than ever before. It is beginning to shape social, political and business agendas across the world. In the UK, research has revealed that nearly half of the public (48%) would like the government to address climate change “with the same urgency… as it has with Covid-19”. It is an issue that can no longer be ignored.

Be in no doubt, however, that businesses are already meeting the challenges of climate change head on. HSBC’s Made for the Future report found more than half of companies are planning to invest more in sustainability. The changing expectations of the end customer is one reason why – and it could have implications for yours too. So, what can you do become more eco-friendly?

Green web hosting

Your choice of web hosting provider can do more for your eco-friendly credentials as a business than you might think. As an industry, web hosting consumes a lot of energy as the data centres will require huge cooling systems. But green providers are taking steps to reduce their footprint – either by offsetting this energy use or by using renewable energy sources where possible.

By choosing such a provider for your business website, you’re already making a difference.

Alternative energy

The use of alternative energy sources isn’t restricted to service providers that you employ as a business. Wind, solar or geothermal – there are many options on offer to a business that wants to rethink how it sources energy. Aside from the environmental benefit, it could also help lower your energy bills by reducing reliance on conventional electricity and gas supplies.

Green shipping

For companies who export products into overseas markets, current distribution models could be harmful to the environment. One simple switch that can be made, however, is to move from air shipping to sea or rail. Consignments may take a little longer to reach their destination, but it is often cheaper – and services such as can ensure that you find the best rates.

Waste management

Effective waste management is at the heart of any strategy designed to make a business more eco-friendly. It is also an approach that be scaled up. It can begin with something as simple as recycling all paper waste. Other strategies can include the removal of single-use plastic, cutting out paper use with electronic contract signing or steps to stop sending any waste to landfill.

Remote working

In 2014, the Carbon Trust suggested that businesses could save more than 3 million tonnes of carbon every year by allowing employees to work from home. But if this isn’t possible for your business, how about incentivising greener methods of travel? This can be easily achieved using season ticket loans or Bike to Work schemes to reduce the number of car journeys made.

There is no shortage of steps that a business can take to enhance its green credentials. While it can sometimes appear to be a major investment decision, it doesn’t take long for the returns to be realised. Reduced costs and increased customer satisfaction are tangible benefits of lowering your carbon footprint as a business. And, suddenly, it starts to seems like a small price to pay.

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