FAQs For An Environmentally Friendly Workplace

  • ISO 14001

Our series on environmentally friendly business tips has covered a multitude of angles relating to improved environmental friendliness in the workplace. However, you may still have lingering questions regarding how your business can adapt further. If so, check out the FAQs below!

The elements have the potential to cause incredible destruction – but they can also be harnessed to our benefit. These clean energy sources have the potential to keep us powered for a substantial time after more traditional resources run dry.

Where can I find guidance on environmental regulations?

The government provides a detailed list of all regulations, courtesy of their Environment Agency. You can sift through the list of options available and find the specific sector you’d like to learn more about.

How can I find my nearest waste site?

It’s important as a business to know where your nearest tip is. This is again relatively simple to find out. Your local council should provide you with a list of all the different dump sites within easy reach.

How do I work out if I need a permit?

The easiest and quickest way to find this out is by contacting your local environmental regulator. They’ll be able to run you through every aspect of applying for a permit to dump waste. They’ll also have the ability to provide you with your dumping limitations.

What is a carbon price?

This is a cost which you’ll be assigned in relation to the level of carbon you’re pumping into the atmosphere. This has generally been viewed as one of the best ways to reduce the overall rate of carbon emissions across the globe. This is as a result of businesses wanting to lower their carbon price.

How many businesses are adopting a new greener approach?

It’s hard to pinpoint a set number of industries which are taking a step towards being more environmentally friendly. However, there are a plethora of examples of companies who are flourishing with a green approach, including:

  • Chipotle
  • Natura
  • Tesla
  • IKEA
  • Toyota

Source: Fortune.com

This trend is continuing, owing to the aforementioned benefits which most businesses experience as a result of turning greener.

Is this going to be a lot of hard work?

Yes and no. Nothing is ever as simple as flicking a switch and suddenly finding yourself in the position you want to be. The best means of implementing a more environmentally friendly strategy is through gradual increments.

You could theoretically drop wholesale changes on your workforce, but they’re likely to react negatively. For the best results, implement everything gradually over time. Wean them onto the idea of environmental thinking. Use the same method for building company goals around green objectives.

Will being more environmentally friendly really make a difference?

As we’ve discovered throughout this resource, you’ll definitely see a significant difference as a business if you start thinking more environmentally. As well as the impact you’ll have on your profit, you’ll also make a small dent on the continued damage which is being done to the atmosphere.

What is an environmental policy?

This is the written-copy of the policy which dictates your environmental practice going forwards. Rather than just having a generic end-goal of being greener, this would set out a very specific guide for a business to follow. It would also be a benefit to employ a commercial solicitor to tailor a specific environmental policy. Learn more about ISO 14001 here.

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