Here are some of the best ways to reduce carbon footprint. We can all play a part, whether its looking at our own individual activities or that of an organisation or business.
How can we reduce carbon footprint as an individual?
As an individual there are several things we can take into account, one thing in particular that most of us will contribute with is the use of transport. When we use just one car it emits around 89 pounds of CO2 per 100 mikes, now when we compare this to the CO2 emitted by a bus it is significantly lower, a bus emits only 14 pounds. Also a car can carry 4-7 passengers but a bus can transport around 100 passengers so just by using public transport and not our own cars we would be massively impacting on the reduction of carbon footprint.
Another way we can contribute to the reduction is through a more efficient use of energy around the house. We use energy when charging electric devices, using game consoles, even boiling the kettle. A mass amount of electricity is used just by simply leaving our device charger plugged into a socket even though it isn’t charging our device. The plug is still drawing energy from the socket, draining the electricity and adding massively to the carbon footprint. If we were to just be that little bit more vigilant, unplugging cords, switching of our consoles from the socket and using only the amount of water we need in the kettle, all of these seemingly meager things would have a huge impact in preserving energy and therefore reducing the carbon footprint.
The best ways for businesses and organisations to reduce carbon footprint
All businesses, no matter how big or small can really influence the way they operate in order to reduce their carbon footprint and make an impact. There are plentiful opportunities and changes that can be made to the way businesses operate in order to help.
One huge way is by switching to renewable energy sources, the carbon footprint focuses on the fuel mix of the electricity supplies, so by switching to renewable energy supplies your emissions for electricity will be zero. There are several renewable energy options, some businesses may opt for wind power, this is when wind turbines are used to generate electricity. Another option would be to use solar panels that are fitted to the roof and are provided with energy through sunlight.
Another way is by reducing consumption of items from employees. This includes items such as water, paper, food and drink, laptops, phones and packaging. Buying recycled paper or maybe using refurbished phones and IT equipment is a simple way to reduce your businesses carbon footprint. This can apply to small businesses but if you are running a larger company then it is highly important to ensure that sustainability is fed right through the business.
Following these simple ways will also benefit individuals and businesses alike by reducing energy costs and making it easier to manage a budget.