Climate change is a growing concern for everybody, businesses and individuals alike. An Oxfam report released last month stated that the top 10 food and drinks companies contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway combined – and they, alongside other businesses, must do more to cut emissions.
Although some people still deny the reality of climate change, scientific studies have repeatedly demonstrated the effect we have on the world. A study by NASA earlier this year showed that the arctic ice melt season is lengthening, and the ocean is warming up, something which could cause serious issues for the future, and we are increasingly seeing extreme weather conditions in all seasons. Therefore, it is vital that everyone – business owners and individuals alike – focus on their environmental impact and the ways in which they are changing the world.
Warmer summers caused by climate change mean that air conditioning is increasingly becoming vital in providing a comfortable workplace for employees; however the use of such systems, whilst providing immediate relief, also has an environmental impact which must be considered. If you need to provide cooling for your staff, it’s important to make sure that you have an efficient system and that you use it effectively, to provide the maximum comfort and the minimum environmental impact. Consult with experts, such as Heritage Heating & Cooling who offer industrial air conditioning services in Nottingham, and make sure that you have a suitable high-efficiency system which is in good repair and running at the right efficiency.
Because climate change is affecting our environment, and we need to control that environment to create a comfortable and acceptable working environment, it will often not be possible to avoid vicious circles like this entirely. However, where your emissions cannot be eliminated, it’s vital that you take steps like this to ensure that they are reduced.
When considering your carbon footprint, it’s important to consider not only your direct impact but also your indirect impact. For example, water treatment uses a lot of energy and creates its own emissions, but while climate change may cause drier summers it can also give us wetter winters. By harvesting the rainwater that falls on your business’ property and storing it in suitably robust GRP tanks, which will protect it from bacteria growth and keep it at a usable standard, you’ll have a store of water in the summer which can be used for a range of applications, meaning that treated water can be used more sparingly.
By considering the entirety of your supply chain and services in the same way, and identifying ways in which you can step in to reduce your reliance on carbon-heavy processes, you can reduce your business’ impact significantly.
No single individual business will be able to make the changes needed to slow or prevent climate change by themselves, but if every business, small or large, works to reduce their own impact where they can, we may yet be able to guarantee a safe future for generations to come.