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How reducing your carbon footprint can save your business money

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Everyone knows that carbon dioxide is bad for the planet. What they don’t talk about is that carbon dioxide is also bad for your business. Reducing your carbon footprint – by using more energy that comes from renewable sources – doesn’t just help the planet, it helps your balance sheet) too.

Even though our country is doing well at reducing its carbon footprint, it is also one of the larger carbon culprits: hence, the Carbon Tax.

South Africa is in the top twenty countries when it comes to how much carbon dioxide we generate every year: ten metric tonnes per capita. That’s according to a report by auditors KPMG, quoted on the CGCSA website. The same report also pegs SA as the thirteenth most active country in terms of what we are doing to reduce our carbon emissions – and the first developing country to head towards implementing a Carbon Tax, which will penalise businesses for their carbon footprint. By reducing your carbon footprint, you also reduce the tax you have to pay per tonne of carbon dioxide your business generates. Until the Carbon Tax is implemented, your business can also receive a tax rebate depending on how much you reduce your energy use. Check out the South African National Energy Development’s(SANEDI) website for more information.

Working from home isn’t just pleasant: it also helps to reduce carbon emissions.

According to research conducted by the UK’s Carbon Trust, businesses could save R6 billion per year and three million tonnes of carbon if an additional four million people worked from home. Given the fact South Africa’s workforce is about half that of Britain’s, the money and carbon savings would be less – but still significant. If a portion of your staff worked predominantly at home, it would create large cost and carbon savings, highlighted in the above study. With fewer desks needed in the office, you can downsize and move to smaller premises, or spend less on electricity from fewer PCs using power. What’s more, your spend on office essentials like milk and tea will also be reduced.

Choosing the right supplier saves you money and shrinks your carbon footprint.

Consider the carbon emissions from trucks – essential for getting goods from A to B. The more suppliers you take on, the more trucks needed to get the goods to you and the bigger your carbon footprint. Not to mention the hassle of admin involved with every extra SLA you sign. Finding a supplier who can supply you with a wide range of things your office needs to function means one delivery and one truck. This reduces the carbon footprint of your supply chain, saves you money – a suppliers’ petrol costs are passed along to you – and gets rid of the time involved in coordinating a stream of deliveries throughout the month.

8 tips for reducing your carbon footprint:

  •  Recycle or reuse waste paper for note making instead of throwing it away.

  •  Choose video conferencing over costly business trips that are expensive and contribute to carbon  emissions.

  •  Make sure your office lighting doesn’t exceed one watt per square foot to save electricity and avoid        unpleasant glare.

  •  Use recycled paper or ink cartridges that have a smaller carbon footprint.

  •  Limit paper use with print quotas to save paper and power.

  •  Turn lights off during daylight hours if your workspace already has enough natural light. Even in winter,  our country is blessed with sunshine.

  •  Create a carbon footprint awareness campaign among staff. A few posters around the office is a cheap  way to do this.

  •  Turn off the air-conditioning – open a window for some fresh air instead.

If you’d like to find out more about how reducing your carbon footprint and saving money can be made a reality, contact OfficeBox and we will be happy to talk to you about our large range of recycled and non-recycled office stationery products

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David Adams
28 July 2015
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