Although scientists are not fully in agreement regarding when, or to what extent, the effects of climate change might occur, there is indisputable evidence about how our emissions are causing the global environment to suffer.
There are potentially devastating consequences of this effect, leading many to argue that it is now imperative for governments and businesses to implement eco-friendly practices.
While a government might decide to impose eco-friendly rules and regulations, businesses can do their part by buying eco-friendly produce or using green sources of energy. Such practices won’t only help the environment – they’re also highly likely to help your business as well.
Here are some of the key advantages of eco-friendly business practices.
- A personal relations boost: Environmental awareness is rapidly increasing in our society, and as such, many consumers care deeply about the ethics and practices of a company. Therefore, you’ll likely get the green-team on your side by adopting such practices. That’s a consumer base that can give you a real revenue boost. Even those consumers that aren’t as phased about environmental policy should be able to appreciate the efforts your company is enduring in order to do the right thing. You’ll gain customers, respect and the moral high ground.
- Keeping one step ahead: Government regulations regarding environmental policy are constantly changing, with tighter emissions controls coming about on a seemingly yearly basis. By adapting your business at an early stage, you’re likely going to be one step ahead of your business rivals – you’ll know the rules of the game before they’ve even been written. Make sure you’ve got that advantage. Besides, government policies have started to check up on what businesses are doing to become eco-friendly – this includes auditing their energy supplies. Many companies are now choosing to have their energy usage analysed by third party businesses like Powerful Allies who have the ‘know-how’ and knowledge to provide in-depth energy usage reports.
- A reduction in costs: Should your business decide to get its power from green energy sources, you’ll be pleased to know that in the long run, electricity costs are likely to drop significantly (or even be eliminated). While purchasing solar panels or other types of power generators might seem expensive, your initial investment will be rewarded in no time by the sheer amount of energy you’ll be getting at no cost. Heck, if you’re able to produce more power than you consume, you might even be able to sell electricity to the national power grid, providing you with an additional source of income.
- You really will be helping the environment: Every little counts. By implementing eco-friendly practices, you’ll be reducing demand for polluting industries, thus helping us work towards a cleaner environment. The business sector consumes roughly 56% of the UK’s electricity, meaning that, should all businesses follow the green road, a substantial difference will be made. Besides, businesses can often make more of an impact than individuals due to their higher consumption and normative impact on society.