KIM TAKES THE GREEN LINE

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Business Daily -

EACH year the UK pro­duces ap­prox­i­mately three mil­lion tonnes of ex­tra waste dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod alone.

Most of this can be re­duced and re­cy­cled and bet­ter prac­tices can be rolled out at work as well as at home.

The new year is a great time to fo­cus on the environment and re­duce your car­bon foot­print at work and at home. It’s also eas­ier than you might think. Now is def­i­nitely the time to start plan­ning for a more sus­tain­able busi­ness in 2012.

Many or­gan­i­sa­tions in Peter­bor­ough are al­ready tak­ing steps to re­duce their car­bon foot­print.

Here are some sim­ple steps you can take which will make a real im­pact on the environment and your bot­tom line.

Fol­low these top tips for green­ing your busi­ness in the new year:

Make your new year’s res­o­lu­tion to live a more sus­tain­able 2012: Ask staff to make some green pledges and put them on your no­tice­boards for all to see.

Keep the tem­per­a­ture at 19C and wear an ex­tra jumper if you get a bit chilly in­stead of crank­ing up the heat­ing: Un­less it’s just too cold for com­fort, try to keep your ther­mo­stat at that tem­per­a­ture. Your heat­ing costs will go up by eight per cent each time you in­crease the tem­per­a­ture by just one de­gree.

A 2C in­crease in of­fice tem­per­a­ture cre­ates enough CO2 in a year to fill a hot-air bal­loon.

Switch off the lights when you leave the build­ing: Of­fice lights left on overnight use enough en­ergy in a year to heat a home for al­most five months.

Turn off your com­put­ers when you leave the of­fice: Leav­ing a com­puter on overnight for a year cre­ates enough CO2 to fill a dou­ble-decker bus.

Turn off pho­to­copiers, print­ers and other elec­tri­cal equip­ment at the end of the day: A pho­to­copier left on standby overnight wastes enough en­ergy to make 30 cups of tea.

Make a sus­tain­able choice for trav­el­ling to work: Try walk­ing, cy­cling, pub­lic trans­port or car shar­ing.

Car shar­ing to work 10 miles away will save you and your col­league £250 a year – more if there’s three of you. Visit www.trav­el­choice.org.uk to find out about sus­tain­able travel in Peter­bor­ough.

Look for the po­ten­tial in your rub­bish: Eas­tex is the ma­te­ri­als ex­change scheme for the East of Eng­land.

Through the web­site www.eas­tex.org.uk users can list ma­te­ri­als they would like to re-home, whilst oth­ers list items they are look­ing for.

The scheme is based on the idea that one busi­ness’s waste is an­other’s raw ma­te­rial. If you need to get rid of of­fice fur­ni­ture, old com­put­ers or even a ton of pot­pourri, Eas­tex can help.

Since its set up three years ago, Eas­tex has saved lo­cal firms more than £1.5 mil­lion in waste dis­posal and pro­cure­ment costs and di­verted 10,000 tonnes of goods from land­fill.

For more hints and tips on how to green your busi­ness, con­tact In­vestors in the Environment on 01733 866436, or e-mail kim.co­ley@pect.org.uk

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With Kim Co­ley, Green Busi­ness Of­fi­cer, Peter­bor­ough Environment City Trust

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