Reduce Your Business’ Carbon Footprint with an EMS
Organisations all over the world are trying to become more environmentally friendly by reducing the number of carbon emissions they release into the atmosphere. They are using a special tool called an Environmental Management System to make this happen.
Of course, some organisations are only using this tool to meet the standards of the International Organization for Standardization and receive their ISO 4001 certification. Nevertheless, these actions will reduce their carbon footprint and the negative impact they make on the environment. That is what’s most important.
An EMS is not just one procedure or practice. It is composed of a series of environmentally-friendly practices that employees within the organisation are required to follow.
Still, many small business owners already feel overextended and may ask, “What’s in it for me?” To understand the full benefits of using an EMS within your organisation, below are the six largest benefits it will have for your business:
Waste is a big reason that organisations pollute the environment so much. But with an EMS in place, the amount of waste can be reduced through the implementation of a recycling program.
There are many innovative ways in which waste can be recycled into new usable products. Then if those products ever become unwanted or worn out, they can be recycled once again into more new products.
Meanwhile, the materials of these products never turn to waste because they keep being reused.
You’ll want to reuse your raw materials as much as possible. Each material can serve more than one purpose if you open your mind and think outside the box. Aside from the benefits of reducing waste, this will increase efficiency in the workplace.
The procurement of new items will no longer need to be a lengthy and costly process. By maximising your existing resources, you can eliminate shipping fees and free up more storage space in your facilities.
You should always be striving to promote sustainability in the workplace because your competitors are doing the very same thing.
If you are still sticking to the same outdated procedures, such as using printed instead of paperless documents, then you will never have a more efficient and productive organisation.
Therefore, you always must seek to make these kinds of improvements to reduce costs and be more successful in the future.
Improve Public Image
The public is becoming more receptive to the dangers that carbon emissions impose on the environment. Thus, a growing number of consumers are purchasing electric and hybrid vehicles rather than petroleum-based vehicles.
These consumers want to see companies do their part in preserving the health of the environment too. Nowadays, if a company manufactures products and leaves a large carbon footprint in its path, the information will quickly spread across social media and other news organisations. Then scads of consumers no longer will want to purchase products from your company.
On the other hand, if you do just the opposite and promote your environmentally-friendly ways of manufacturing products, consumers will be more eager to purchase them from you. It will give them the feeling like they’re helping the environment, as well.
Comply with Legal Obligations
ISO 4001 certification with the International Organization for Standardization is only an option. There is no law stating you must comply with these standards.
However, there are actual laws pertaining to carbon emissions that you do have to consider or else your organisation could be penalised or fined by the government.
The Clean Energy Act of 2011, was passed by the Australian government in an effort to combat global warming. Unfortunately, that law was repealed in 2014. But there still may be state and local carbon laws that you need to follow.
An EMS can save you money in many ways. Reusing raw materials is one way to save money with this system. Another way is to monitor the consumption of utilities and see how those costs can be reduced.
For example, some companies will go as far as replacing halogen light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to reduce energy costs. Others may implement their own water purification system to reuse existing water rather than having to spend more money on new water.
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