5 Ways Companies Can Contribute to Fighting Climate Change

There’s a growing push for all industries to go greener. The transport, electronics, and oil & gas companies are especially in the public eye. Here are 5 strategies to achieve just that.

Sustainable partnerships

Partnering with suppliers, manufacturers, transporters, and retailers who are dedicated to sustainable practices can have an enormous positive impact on the war on climate change.

In fact, the operations of such partners often factor into a company’s own ecological profile. A business looking to receive sustainability certifications often has to review its partnerships.

Sustainable practices in this context include fair trade, fair labor conditions, proof of not utilizing child labor, ethical sourcing, and proper waste disposal practices. If any of the stakeholders in the chain don’t adhere to these, a company would have to change to more eco-aware and ethical partners.

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Equipment maintenance

There are several ways in which good equipment maintenance benefits the environment. For starters, well-maintained equipment operates more efficiently in the long run. Smooth operation means less wasted resources.

Then there are the straightforward hazards of damaged or faulty equipment. For example, faulty machines in the oil, chemical, pharmaceutical, and mining industries translate to leaks of toxic materials. Lax upkeep of agricultural machinery risks long-term damage to the soil and thus to future crops, animals, and waterways.

Neglecting the maintenance of IT equipment means more frequent replacements. Computers and smart devices deteriorate much faster if they’re improperly used and uncared for. That means increasing electronic waste, which is already an enormous environmental hazard.

Companies can mitigate these damaging effects by performing proper upkeep on their equipment at all levels. Preventative maintenance is especially important. Diagnosing and resolving small issues on a regular basis prevents them from escalating into larger, more expensive, more dangerous problems.

New technology integration

In addition to proper maintenance, innovation is a great asset in the eco-efforts. Companies in various industries can use their influence to push for more environmentally friendly tools, techniques, and materials.

For example, the oil and gas companies could advocate for an increase in using water-based drilling fluids to reduce the overall toxic exposure in the industry. They carry far fewer environmental risks than oil-based muds or synthetic-based fluids. 

Transportation companies can insist on greener infrastructures and more eco-conscious vehicles. One major direction is introducing electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and hybrid transportation networks. For example, intermodal transportation of goods would have a less negative environmental impact than insisting on road-only transport.

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Eco-friendlier processes

One immediate step any business can take to fight climate problems is to optimize its processes. The goal is to reduce energy consumption and resource wastage. Employee transport and documentation management are the most obvious examples.

Transferring paperwork to e-formats and the clouds is already a widespread approach. The next step is for companies to optimize their computer use and Internet consumption. Invest in automating tasks in production and administration, e.g. large-scale manufacture or repetitive code.

Whenever possible, reduce the time and distance employees have to commute to the office or field. In industries that involve a lot of meetings, interviews, and such, companies can switch to video conferencing and remote work.

This decreases the consumption of fuels and curbs green gas emissions. It even reduces metal and electronics waste: less commuting means less vehicle use, so they last longer, ending up in scrap yards or landfills at a reduced rate.

Raising awareness

Finally, in addition to all these practical steps, companies can push for environmental education. This applies to management, employees, partners, clients, and media.

Good ways to achieve this goal are those with the potential for a snowball effect. Media campaigns have to be long-term and consistent. Other strategies include competitions open to the public, in-house hack-a-thons, and environmentally-oriented recruiting and onboarding.

It even affects the competition: a rival company will see that the more eco-friendly one gets more consumer approval, so they’ll go greener themselves in an attempt to secure more business.

 

All businesses can implement these strategies to fight climate change. Educating stakeholders, modernizing princesses, and being mindful of their resources and equipment are the best ways for companies to protect the environment, win consumer favor, and thus increase their bottom line.

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