It is already well-established that the current models of production and consumption are unsustainable and the world will soon face a tipping point where it no longer has the resources to support the demands of its population. That is why going green and switching to more sustainable habits is important – but many businesses have yet to make the leap.
While there are many ways in which to transform a business to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly, the best of those are:
Saving paper by using digital alternatives
The amount of paper that is used and discarded on a daily basis by businesses is staggering – especially when you consider the cost, in terms of deforestation. Fortunately it is one of the easiest areas in which to embrace sustainability by simply using digital alternatives.
By migrating the bulk of your businesses day to day processes onto digital platforms, you will be able to make a significant step in a green direction.
Replacing disposable equipment, tools, and materials with reusable alternatives
Most businesses use various types of disposal goods. That includes cardboard or polystyrene boxes used for transportation, paper tissues in toilets, plastic bags, and so on. When these disposable items are replaced with reusable alternatives, it could help the business save on costs while also improving its sustainability.
For businesses that transport goods, switching from packaging that only lasts a single trip (such as cardboard boxes) to a reusable alternative (such as plastic crates or pallets) will require an upfront investment, but will pay for itself in short order. In this case, plastic crates will also protect goods that are being transported much better than cardboard ever could.
Conserving heating in the office space
One area that is a constant problem in colder climates is heating. The gas consumption required to heat even a moderately-sized office space constantly is not sustainable – but going without heating isn’t an option either.
The solution is to find a middle ground and conserve heating within the office space as far as possible. By only turning on the heating at the start of the day and then trapping heat within the office, a compromise of sorts can be reached.
Starting an office food recycling bin
Food wastage is a big issue everywhere – including offices. Not only is a lot of food thrown away, but quite a sizable amount of the food that is thrown away is actually perfectly good.
By starting a food recycling bin, at very least the food that is thrown away will be able to be composted and put to use. More importantly however, it will create awareness of the food that is being thrown away, and hopefully discourage wastage.
All of these measures are generally quite easy to implement in any business and yet cumulatively they can have a huge impact. If you are looking for a way to transform your business and go green – implementing these steps is definitely a good place to start.
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”