We are living in a volatile climate- and it is quite literally heating up day by day. Unless you have been living under a rock, you will be aware that we are officially in a climate crisis; Officials in the UN have formally declared that eleven years is all that remains to stop irreversible damage from climate change. So, essentially, that’s 11 years for us to get our act together as humans- no pressure!
From widespread catastrophic fires to natural disasters happening every month globally… cities going under water, extremely polluted seas, and heatwaves that truly become unbearable- studies say it is only a matter of decades before some countries become uninhabitable for humans.
But do not fear! (too much) the end isn’t near… (just yet) because you can still do your bit and reduce your own carbon footprint. Why not make that work conference down in London a video call instead, and reduce your driving carbon emissions? Or get the train… or even just car share?
At Premier, we have introduced a policy that employees should travel to client and partner meetings only when necessary, encouraging the use of Zoom and conference calls. This has resulted in a reduction of £120,000 in the company’s annual travel costs. Which equates to a 71.4% reduction in travel expenditure year on year and therefore a significant reduction to our carbon footprint. We are also ISO 14001 accredited- ISO 14001 is a family of standards related to environmental management, helping organisations minimise how their operations negatively affect the environment.
Did you know that cutting down on red meat reduces your carbon footprint significantly? Mass livestock farming causes severe environmental harm, because the methane produced by enteric fermentation and manure storage, is a greenhouse gas which is in fact 28 times more potent than CO2.
Nevertheless, people are proving resourceful- and ever-evolving with the times! John Lewis, as well as Hermes, Asda and Argos, will be delivering goods using trucks run on cow manure from 2021. These large chains aim to scrap their polluting diesel fuel and switch to carbon-neutral cow manure. Experts declare Biofuel made from manure to be carbon-neutral under EU law, as it helps prevent methane being released into the atmosphere.
So, while we can’t all be the Greta Thunberg’s of the world, we can still make a significant difference in the way we live. Whether you are consciously recycling, energy saving, minimising wastage, using an electric car, cycling to work or reducing your red meat intake- this is all making a small difference to our planet, so keep it up!