Reducing your business emissions 

Now more than ever, staff, clients, and customers are looking to organisations to take a stand against climate change. Many aspects of operating a business can result in carbon being emitted which means organisations have an opportunity to make a difference and lead the way in taking climate action.  

A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon that a company produces. Company vehicles, deliveries, power use, and even staff contribute to this and the less carbon emitted, the smaller this footprint becomes. By reducing their emissions, organisations can actively minimise the negative impact being made on our climate and environment.  

At Greenfleet, we believe that organisations should work to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible. For the emissions that cannot be reduced or avoided, offsetting provides a solution as we transition to a low carbon economy. 

Here are 5 ways that organisations can reduce their emissions: 

  1. Incorporate renewable power, such as solar panels or green power sources, into your facilities.  
  2. Invest in electric and hybrid vehicles within your fleets. 
  3. Assess supply chains to ensure you’re working with other organisations and suppliers that are equally committed to sustainability.  
  4. Integrate thorough recycling and waste management systems within business locations. 
  5. Utilise virtual meetings and remote work arrangements where possible to reduce travel emissions. 

Read some more detailed ways to reduce your emissions below.

How to reduce your business emissions

  • Green power

    By utilising renewable power sources, you can actively reduce the emissions associated with running your business. While investing in renewables such solar panels can be expensive, it's a long term investment that allows you to run part or all of your business on energy that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels.  

    In the meantime, you can access green power from energy companies that are working to reduce the environmental impact of providing electricity. 

  • Electrifying your fleet

    For many organisations, vehicles and fleets are a vital part of business operations. Incorporating electric and hybrid vehicles into your fleet can actively reduce the emissions associated with road travel. Additionally, by investing in electric vehicles and using renewable power sources like solar panels, organisations can drastically reduce their carbon footprint. 

    Moving away from diesel and reducing the number of cars in use can also help minimise the emissions associated with driving.  

  • Supply chain assessment

    While there are many ways that organisations can control the Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions they produce, it becomes much more difficult to control emissions outside the organisation.  

    Looking at Scope 3 emissions, and the sustainability practices of your suppliers and service providers, is another way that organisations can ensure they’re reducing their impact and encouraging sustainability within their networks. Where possible, look to work with suppliers that are equally committed to sustainability and have thorough practices in place to reduce their carbon footprints.  

  • Reuse and recycle

    While your team’s daily coffee may not seem like a huge environmental issue, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water estimates that Australia uses 1 billion disposable coffee cups every year. 

    Encouraging the use of reusable cups and water bottles, integrating thorough recycling and waste management systems, and reducing plastic in your business locations can actively help reduce the environmental impact your team and business makes. 

  • Remote work

    The COVID-19 Pandemic taught many organisations that remote work is an effective way to operate. Meeting virtually reduces the need to travel via public transport, road, or in some instances air.  

    Where possible, organisations can reduce the amount of carbon they are producing by encouraging virtual meetings and remote work. This removes the need for travel time and can also help reduce costs, particularly in relation to air travel.