SAY HELLO TO A SUSTAINABLE OFFICE.

12 January 2022

In 2022, sustainability is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Also at the office. You can save money, but the biggest advantage is that you contribute to a better world. Here are a few simple tips to reduce the carbon footprint of your business.

  1. Lighting

The easiest way to improve energy efficiency in the office is to use energy-efficient lamps. In addition, you can place motion sensors in areas of the office that are used less. This way the lights only switch on when someone enters the room.

  1. Switching off instead of standby

Many employees often leave their computers on stand-by for the next day out of convenience. This causes unnecessary power consumption during the night. In fact, up to 50% of user energy is consumed. This applies not only to computers and laptops, but also to the printer, for example.

  1. No more driving to work

Encourage your employees to come to work by bike or introduce the leasing of electric cars or electric bicycles in your organisation. By doing so, you reduce CO2 emissions.

  1. Separating waste

Separation of waste is a must in most companies, but to make this even easier you can buy different waste bins. This way, you can neatly and easily separate all the waste in the office.

  1. Plants in the office

Greening the office not only creates more atmosphere, but also helps to regulate temperature and humidity in a natural way. Research by psychologists at the University of Groningen has also shown that plants increase productivity.1.

  1. Change the coffee corner

The coffee corner is an important area in the office and you can also make it more sustainable. For example, you can simply swap dairy coffee milk for vegetable milk. In addition, plastic coffee capsules are also very polluting; it takes about 500 years for them to completely decompose. Switch to biodegradable capsules or use a coffee machine with organic coffee beans.

The step towards a more sustainable office is a small one, yet one that has an impact. With a few adjustments, you too can do your bit for the environment, so get to work.

1https://www.ambius.nl/news/2020/03/10/onderzoek-van-ambius-en-rug-planten-op-de-werkvloer-15-meer-productiviteit.html

 

 

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