Every business should make a conscious effort to apply eco-friendly practices to its infrastructure. For the sake of argument, we’re talking about infrastructure in the sense of the physical structure of your business. This includes things like business premises, warehouses and so on.
What can you do to these elements to make them more eco-friendly?
As it turns out, there are plenty of ideas that will help you create a greener business:
Electric car charging ports
Encourage your employees to drive electric cars by providing them with EV charging ports at your premises. You can install as many of these as possible in the car park, letting people plug in and charge their vehicles while they work. It’s a good idea to lead by example as well, driving your own electric vehicle to and from work.
In fact, you can supercharge this idea by providing electric vehicles as company cars if people want them. There are even schemes out there that can help you provide your employees with discounts on great electric cars. As a result, you help your business lower its carbon footprint.
Renewable energy sources
As a business, you will consume massive amounts of energy every single day. This means the demands you have on the national grid are substantial. Think about all the equipment you need to power for hours on end! To counter this, you should attempt to find renewable energy sources to power your business.
The most common idea is to install solar panels. The great thing about commercial properties is that they usually have lots of space on the roofs for many solar panels, allowing you to provide your entire business with free and clean energy. If you have industrial buildings, powering warehouses through renewable energy is totally possible as well. This is an easy eco-friendly practice that improves your infrastructure by reducing your business’s demand for energy from the national grid.
Perhaps the easiest way to implement greener infrastructure in your business is to install energy-efficient lighting throughout your premises. LED lights are much better for the environment as they consume less electricity. Combine this with your renewable energy and your business should barely use non-renewable energy to power its lighting.
In fact, you can go one step further than this and choose lighting options with sensors. These lights stay off unless movement is detected in the room. It means that areas of your business can stay unlit unless they need to be. This prevents cases when you forget to turn off the lights in one area of your business, using up energy when nobody is there.
Clearly, there are plenty of eco-friendly changes you can make to the infrastructure of your business. And, we’re only talking about some of the changes to the structural elements of your company. You can take things even further by looking at implementations relating to you and your employees. For instance, setting up a recycling program can help you limit waste sent to landfill sites. There are loads of things you can do to actively prevent your business from harming the environment.