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Reduce Your Firm’s Carbon Footprint in 12 Steps

Carbon FootprintUsing the correct lighting, embracing waste-to-energy and maximizing sunlight are three of a dozen ways a company can reduce its water, energy and other resources used, according to a Xerox blog.

On the blog, Catherine Reeves, a manager of environmental, health, safety and sustainability at Xerox, details 12 ways a business can reduce its carbon footprint.

Under the banner of efficient lighting, the blog says correctly lit vending machines, energy-efficient lighting, the use of pale, light-reflecting paint colors for walls and ensuring that office furniture is not blocking out light can reduce a firm’s carbon footprint. Other initiatives include optimizing the sun’s energy through solar panels and correct glazing, using waste-to-energy services and standardizing shifts by, for instance, bring the cleaning team in during the normal working day.

The blog details two strategies related to waste including using postage-paid stickers to allow customer to return spent supplies and designing products with repurposing in mind. In terms of materials, businesses should be thinking “upstream” and helping suppliers have green operations, as well as reducing materials and packaging size to cut space during deliveries and storage. Firms can take additional measures to design a sustainable packaging initiative.

The use of air-filtering houseplants and trimming the cycles of manufacturing can be used to cut air emissions, the blog says.

Final carbon-cutting ideas include adopting cloud-based practices and seeking third-party sustainability accreditation such as ISO 14001 or ISO 5001. Also, setting targets and meeting them is a key way to measure carbon footprint success, the article says.

Photo Credit: Co2 Carbon Footprint via Shutterstock

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