With Canada announcing their 2030 emissions reduction plan, a large emphasis has been put on organizations to ensure they are staying on top of their carbon footprint. This is playing a big role in relation to government funding where grants and loans are specifically being developed to support organizations that are working to create a greener economy.

So, how can you make sure that your organization is taking the right steps in lowering its carbon footprint?

  • 1. Have a measurement of your current carbon footprint and continuously track and monitor.

Ensuring you know your organizations current environmental impact is one of the first ways you’ll be able to pinpoint specific areas to improve and reduce the production of green house gasses. By focusing on what area’s are your biggest carbon footprint factors, you’ll be able to implement new greener processes. By doing this you’ll be able to continuously measure the effects of your new processes and continue to reduce and develop new procedures to reduce pollution.  

  • 2. Make sure an environmental focus is shared company wide and all employees are on the same page

Employees play large role in a company’s success, so making sure they are on board and the same page when it comes to environmental impacts will allow for change to happen with ease and at a higher success rate. This includes on taking employees feedback on where they believe new processes can be implemented and changed to allow for a greener, more environmentall friendly work environment and organization.

  • 3. Ensure products are being purchased from environmentally conscious companies

Take a look at who you are purchasing your supplies from and how your suppliers are manufacturing these items. By focusing on procuring supplies from other organizations who are aware of their environmental impact, and work to reduce it, you in turn, assist in reducing impacts being produced by your supply chain. By taking part in off-setting projects you can even help reduce further the environmental impacts that your suppliers, or the transportation of your products, are creating.

  • 4. Take part in Carbon off-setting projects

Sign your company up to take part in carbon offset projects. These are projects organizations can sign up for that “cancel out” the carbon emissions being released into our environment. If you are unable to make your organizations processes greener, carbon offsetting is a great alternative to helping reduce greenhouse gas production.

  • 5. Switch to biodegradable product packaging/recycled packaging

If your organization is one that deals with selling and shipping products, ensure that you are using environmentally friendly packaging. This can range from using recycled materials to biodegradable packaging. Purchase from local suppliers to reduce emissions given off during delivery of your packaging.