Why your business should set environmental actions and targets
Setting action plans helps businesses to:
- plan ahead
- identify roles and responsibilities
- set timescales
- identify any financial implications
- reflect on achievements
Members and leaders of the eco active business network have signed up to improve the environmental performance of their businesses.
We believe in step by step improvement, so we ask you to set and deliver at least two actions per year.
Identifying your environmental actions or targets
One of your actions or targets must focus on energy (or carbon emissions). The other can be from another environmental area, eg:
- community involvement
Environmental actions should be integrated within your business plan. This will make sure:
- everyone is aware of what you are doing
- it becomes normal behaviour
- it isn't seen as an added extra
Examples of actions
An action can be anything that leads to an environmental improvement in your business.
Actions can be:
- an instant fix
- long-term fix
- staff training
- capital projects
- events or corporate social responsibility projects
Reducing the risk of negative environmental impacts
Some business activities can have a negative impact on the environment. You need to understand which of your activities are high risk. You can manage risks better by adding environment impacts to your risk assessments. It is important that your staff know what the risks are and what they need to do to meet your requirements.
Ideas for energy actions and targets
Jersey is working towards an 80% reduction in energy use by 2050. For ideas how to reduce your energy consumption visit the energy reduction webpage.
Understanding when and how you use energy is the first step in reducing your energy use. Eco active have developed some simple monitoring tools that could help you record what you are using. We provide regular training on monitoring so email eco active to find out more or for a copy of the monitoring tool.
Eco active case study: Monitoring use and staff culture
Before you can set reduction targets you need to understand your current use. Download our eco active monitoring use case study to find out how a local hotel monitors their usage. The case study also shows how they use their data to influence behaviour change in their staff to bring about reduction.
If your business doesn't currently monitor resource use such as energy or water this would make an ideal action. Eco active has a monitoring excel spreadsheet that is free to members of the network. Email eco active for a copy of the spreadsheet or to find out how we can help you monitor your utilities effectively.
Eco active case study: LED lighting
Lighting typically accounts for 15% of an office's energy use. Download our
eco active case study on LED lighting to understand the energy savings that a local company achieved by installing LED lighting into their office.
Eco active case study: Energy - insulation and boilers
A range of refurbishments have been made to a residential care home. These have increased energy efficiency and comfort for the residents. The improvements made would be relevant to many other commercial buildings as well as private homes. Download the eco active case study for insulation and boilers to find out more.
Ideas for transport and travel actions and targets
Develop a work place travel plan
Before you can take any action to change the way your staff and clients travel, you need to understand what happens at the moment. The most effective way to do this is through creating a workplace travel plan.
Once your plan is written, it needs to be reviewed each year to reflect the changes in your business. Your plan will help you to identify changes you can make that will make it easier for people to change the way they travel.
Encourage active travel
Active travel means you are using your own energy to transport yourself rather than relying on motorised or carbon-dependant means. Common forms of active travel are
cycling, running and walking.
There are lots of benefits for active travel, including:
- reduced costs
- improved fitness
- lower carbon emissions
- becoming more environmentally friendly
Travelling for businesses
There are changes you can make to help your business reduce the costs of travel. If you have a fleet, we can help you reduce your environmental impact.
You could also attend an eco active training session to find out what you can do and hear from other businesses who have rethought their travel.
- develop teleconference facilities
- plan routes
- combine journeys
- use lower engine size vehicles
- use electric or hybrid vehicles
- have pool bikes
- make sure your vehicles have proper maintenance
- provide driver training
- incorporate travel policies into wider company policies
Ideas for waste and recycling targets
Carry out a waste audit
Before you can take any action to reduce your waste or change how you dispose of it you need to understand what happens at the moment.
The most effective way to do this is by carrying out a waste audit
Once you have carried out your waste audit you can then identify the changes that you cane make. Tips for reducing, reusing and recycling your waste are available as well as information on
how to recycle at work. Waste audits should be carried out regularly to reflect the changes in your business. Once you have done this you can then look at how to reduce your waste, reuse it or recycle it.
Plastic Free Jersey
Jersey has been certified by Surfers Against Sewage as a Plastic Free Community. To retain this certification we need businesses, schools and other community organisations to continue to remove or significantly reduce single-use plastics. Visit the Plastic Free Jersey website to register your business or find out more on the Plastic Free Jersey webpage.
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