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Reducing CO2 Emissions in Industry

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9 Nov. 2018. The environment is an issue which has been discussed in a greater and greater level of detail over the past few months and years in particular. Everyone can end up contributing individually to the problems which we face, but businesses can be particularly impactful. And if you run a company in the industry sector, it is important that you monitor your direct and indirect emissions as closely as possible. In this blog post, we are going to focus in more detail on CO2 emissions. So, let’s get started.

Measure your carbon footprint

Before you do anything, you need to assess the impact of your current carbon footprint in the first place. You should look into undertaking a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions assessment. Once you have a better idea of the size of your business’ carbon footprint, you can then set out a strategy in an effort to reduce it. Otherwise, you won’t know which specific areas you need to address and you won’t be as effective in your approach.

Reduce energy usage

The most obvious way that a business can help to reduce their CO2 emissions is by reducing their overall energy usage. Ultimately, you need to set your business some goals which are both measurable and achievable in order to hit your targets. You could also look into working with partners which are focused on energy usage reduction and an increased use of greener fuels such as Red Diesel. This is something which you need to keep referring back to and reassessing as time goes on and your business grows.

Invest in renewables

The problem which many businesses have is that they look at the high upfront cost of renewable energy sources, and not the long-term benefits of making the switch. It appears that more and more companies are moving in this direction, and there are all sorts of government incentives which are encouraging them to do so. Ultimately, the type of renewable energy which is suitable for your company depends very much on your location and what type of business you are running.

Rewarding employees for a greener lifestyle

While the practices of businesses have a big role to play in CO2 emissions, so too does the lifestyle and habits of your employees. And you can certainly have an impact on this. Encouraging the switch to public transportation, carpooling, cycling to work etc are all viable options.

Industries all around the world are trying to reduce their emissions, and if you have not yet done so, now is the time to take a closer look at your own business practices so that you can do something about them.

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