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Greener is better: How to reduce the environmental footprint of your business

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Sustainability is a growing requirement from governments, suppliers and customers. Here’s how you can start making your facilities more sustainable and start reducing the environmental footprint to meet this growing demand.                  

Today, the world faces shortages of resources of all kinds. As a response, public institutions and governments create regulations to cut carbon emissions and stimulate business towards higher efficiency. The ones, who make their business as green as it can be and use their resources effectively, gain an advantage. Contrary, businesses with the least efficient operations that emit the most carbon, use the most water, consume the most electric power and value short term monetary gains over brand reputation increasingly face difficulties – very costly difficulties.

Green is competitive

Sustainability presents a number of opportunities for core organizations and facility management providers to improve brand reputation and the overall competitiveness of the business. Overall, companies and their facility management providers that invest in sustainable technologies will have an advantage. These companies will be able to offer their customers ways to reduce their impact on the environment and at the same time save resources and reduce costs. Reducing costs and improving efficiency is not the only benefit of minimizing the environmental footprint. For many the sustainable workplace will be a tool to attract talents who are becoming more focused on their values and who wish to contribute to the world.

Where to start?

To gain success, companies need to think sustainability into their overall processes. Current approaches to sustainability are focused predominantly on the physical confines of the building. In high-income markets, the focus is on retrofitting. Green retrofits are any kind of upgrade to an existing building that is wholly or partially occupied to improve energy and environmental performance, reduce water use, and improve the comfort and quality of the space in terms of natural light, air quality, and noise – all done in a way that is financially beneficial to the owner. In summary, to reduce the environmental footprints, businesses and facility management providers need to focus on:

Sustainable business

For businesses, the biggest issue with implementing sustainable practices is still the difficulty to recognize that sustainable ways of working, in the long-term, can be less expensive. This requires a willingness to buck conventional financial wisdom by focusing not on reducing the cost of each part but on increasing the efficiency as a whole. To become proactive in sustainable ways of working, cooperating with experienced Facility Management providers that can advise on how sustainability pays off in the workplace strategy and how sustainable practices should be executed will be important.

To learn more about sustainable business, please download our Whitebook: New Ways of Working – the workplace of the future.

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