CIO TipsSustainability

Tips for the eco-friendly CIO

Global warming is rapidly becoming the global priority for governments; isn’t it now time for businesses to take this?

The world is nearly one degree warmer than it was before widespread industrialisation. Studies warn that temperatures may rise by 3-5C by 2100 with the rapid speed of global warming. The UK Government has committed to a 2050 target called ‘Net Zero’, recommended by the committee on climate change to reduce carbon emissions by 80%. To achieve this target, emissions from homes, transport, farming and industry will have to be avoided completely or introduce a carbon offset plan.

What is the best business strategy for reducing global warming?

Start by doing something! No matter how small, start making a difference. Switching to renewable energy, investing in energy efficient lighting, recycling or encouraging working from home are all things we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

  • Plant Trees! Scientists agree that this helps our planet on many levels. It help through cutting carbon/carbon absorption, it helps wildlife by giving them a home, it helps wellbeing providing cleaner air and lastly they look great!
  • Pick up litter! This is an area where everyone can make a difference. The majority of our litter contains chemicals and plastics that pollute our environment and oceans. It kills wildlife and ends up in our own food chain. Wherever we live we can always do a bit of litter picking and it makes such a difference environmentally and visually!
  • Shop with conscience! Whether as a business or an individual changing the things you buy can make a big difference. Use a re-useable cup for your coffee, buy electricity from sustainable sources, cut down unnecessary plastic packaging in your food shop, switch cleaning products for greener versions and keep going. Don’t just buy the cheapest but try to think of the bigger cost to our planet.
  • Recycle! We still have a very long way to go on recycling and so much recyclable material ends up as litter or in landfills. We can all do a little more on this, we can buy products that are easy to recycle and make sure that more of what we use gets to be recycled. We can also give to and buy from charity shops, free cycle and reuse as they all help

Business Supply chain

Complex customer supply chains mean that no single organisation or person has the whole answer. The need to build supply chains which share environmental aims to reduce their carbon footprint is now more important than ever.

For example, in the public sector the drive to eliminate slavery started with an insistence on dealing with companies with an anti-slavery policy. Our survey results show that there is a growing desire to embed the same disciplines around environmental commitment.

In the private sector we see that the consumer awareness has grown and is changing purchasing habits to reflect this. Companies without green credentials will lose out. The challenge now is twofold, how can you make a positive difference in being a greener business and how can you demonstrate this to your customers.

There are many ways we can improve the eco-friendliness of our supply chain from choosing sustainable office spaces that run off sustainable energy or encourage recycling, to hosting your website through green hosts that power your website through 100% renewable energy sources. The change might be big initially, but in the long run the difference it will make to your carbon footprint and our planet make it all worth it.

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