Green Office

Todays' generation of workers are more conscious then ever on the need to reduce carbon emissions in order to save the environment. Companies are also leading the way as Governments the world over are providing incentives, over and above, financial savings, when Company "goes green".

Many people are familiar with the concerns of carbon footprint. According to a survey by Gartner Inc, the CO2 emissions from the ICT sector are about the same as the aviation industry! Huh? What is ICT? It  is all the equipment that offices have in operating their businesses activities.

By reducing the carbon footprint through structured energy conservation program, Company can make a tangible positive contribution to the environment and will also benefit by lowering the total cost of ownership through reducing paper, power and CO2 emissions.

For more on how to reduce carbon footprint, please seek professional advice. However, here are a few basic quick "do-able" suggestions for Company:

1) Paper Recycle: Do reuse the "used paper" when the "flip side" of the paper is still "blank or usable". This is to reduce wastage as well and "saves more trees". Trees help to keep the environment fresh and healthy. Obviously papers that are marked confidential in nature should not be reused.

2) Energy Efficient Equipment: Use energy saving LED lights and equipment that are designed for power saving eg Photostat machine, refrigerator, air-conditioners. When there is a lunch break, for example, switch off the lights and machine that are "idle". This will also help in reducing global warming as well.

Air-conditioners should be set at a comfortable temperature and not "freezingly" cold that staff have to wear extra layer of clothes in order to keep warm. Computers and other relevant electronic gadgets should be unplugged from the power sources as energy will still be generated when connected to the gadgets.

3) Building design: Should be environmental friendly with natural lights and "air flow".

4) Green product: Products should be designed with raw materials that are biodegradable. It should also be designed with recyclable parts to reduce waste and landfill.

4) Company Policy: An environmental policy and strategy must be in place. Management must have tools and measurements and be able to analyse their environmental impact and providing solutions. Staff and customers must be educated. Products and services are as sustainable as possible through implementation of "green policy".

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