Steps for Developing an Eco-friendly Workplace

Establishing and improving the eco-friendliness of the workplace is a common trend among not only UK organisations but those around the world. Following the 2021 United Nations Climate Change conference in Glasgow last autumn, recent months have seen even more attention paid to this subject.

Unfortunately, while many employers see an eco-friendly workplace as an attractive goal, they may struggle with knowing how to get started. Consider these steps:

  • Save energy. Ensure that power management systems have been activated for all computers and laptops so they automatically switch to a reduced-power mode after a certain period of inactivity. In addition, maximise the use of natural light on the premises by avoiding obstruction of windows and doors. Using a bright colour scheme on walls can also help reflect natural light around the workplace.
  • Reconsider materials. Ensure that you are recycling all possible materials. When making purchases or receiving shipped goods, find ways to reuse packaging. Another idea is to provide employees with reusable water bottles or coffee mugs instead of using multiple plastic or paper cups throughout the day. Finally, find ways to use less paper by, for instance, implementing paperless billing and using digital versions of documents.
  • Incentivise alternative transport. Provide secure and comfortable parking arrangements for employees who may wish to ride their bicycles to work. It can also be eco-friendly to provide employees with passes or tickets to utilise public transport; however, employers should ensure that such means of travel are safe given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Plan for the future. Electric vehicles (EVs) have become more popular in recent years. Given the UK’s commitment to banning the sale of combustion-engine vehicles starting in 2030, it’s likely that this trend will accelerate. Switching a commercial fleet to better utilise EVs is not only eco-friendly, but it may also help an organisation save on future petrol costs.

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