How can a factory reduce its carbon emissions?  

Did you know that a factory works like a big house? In the same way that a home can reduce its carbon emissions, with a few simple tips, so can a factory.

Reducing the carbon footprint is everyone’s task, to mitigate climate change and its effects, which are tremendously harmful not only for animals and people; also for the economy.

So let’s look at some strategies to reduce carbon emissions in a factory.

Use of renewable energy for machinery

A factory, whatever its activity, has to feed machinery, which is used to create the products it generates, or to treat them (assembly, packaging, etc.).

Therefore, a good measure to start reducing the carbon footprint is to change the energy supplier, from fossil fuels, to one that uses green energies, and that has certificates that guarantee its sustainability.

Use of renewable energy for lighting and heating

Another way to reduce carbon emissions, similar to the previous one, is the one that leads us to a greater similarity to a home. Factories have employees who spend a good part of the day on the premises. For one reason or another, they have to use electricity to:

  • The lighting
  • The air conditioning / heating
  • Any other device that requires electricity (small appliances, security systems, access systems, etc.)

As with machinery, changing our energy supplier to one that uses green energy should greatly reduce our carbon emissions.

Vouchers for public transport

Another way to reduce our carbon emissions is to reduce the number of times our employees use their cars for professional reasons: whether it be to move around the city or from their respective homes to their work facilities.

Imagine a company with thousands of employees! Or tens of thousands around the world. In the worst case, counting one vehicle for each employee represents a very high carbon footprint.

A very effective option, therefore, would be to offer public transport vouchers for employees. Furthermore, more and more countries are switching their public transport fleets (buses, trams) to propulsion systems based on non-fossil fuels.

Sustainability courses for employees

As with good habits in a home, it is also possible to reduce carbon emissions in a company through the execution of good practices during the day to day.

A responsible use of lighting, water, the use of small appliances, etc., can have a significant impact on the carbon footprint that, as a whole, emits the entire company.

Innovation

Science does not stop advancing, finding more sustainable solutions for almost any personal and professional process or activity.

Thus, by betting on innovation and on researching the tasks that make up its activity, a company can not only reduce its carbon footprint, but also be more competitive, being at the forefront of the most obsolete technology used by the competition.

Bet on airlines and cruise ships committed to the environment

Either for professional reasons for your employees (business trips, meetings, or training for your employees) or for pleasure (excursions or trips as incentives or gifts), look for forms of transport that bet on sustainable measures in their trips. There are companies that, for example, only use biodegradable kitchenware and utensils on board, thus reducing their carbon footprint.

With this list, you already have to get down to work. Whether as a manager, as a trainer or as an employee, do not miss the opportunity to apply these measures whenever possible or raise awareness among those who have the capacity to make changes in your factory.

Achieving a more sustainable, just and social future for future generations is everyone’s job!

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