April 22, 2010

How Companies Can Contribute to Earth Day

Earth Day is not meant only for individuals to contribute to sustaining natural resources. Organizations can also integrate sustainability into their company policies and strategies. Global warming is the major threat faced by the world today. Companies can play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHC) emissions.

  • Measure Your Emissions: Your company’s first step to reduce the emissions produced is to create an inventory of all the possible emission sources and their quantities. These could be from electricity and building usage, corporate travel, and other such activities.
  • Set An Emission Reduction Target: Your company should set a target to reducing the amount of emissions produced and should consciously commit to it.
  • Become Energy Efficient: The main source of your company’s emissions is energy use and energy efficiency is the best manner to reduce these emissions. Efficient lighting systems, refrigeration units can help conserve energy.
  • Transport- Related Emissions: Emissions produced from travel are the fastest growing source of emissions. These could be airline travel for business, employee commuting, or even product shipping. Identifying these sources and effectively reducing them can also contribute to preserving the natural environment.

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