We are approaching the end of 2019, and we can certainly say that it has become the year where the subject of climate change has taken center stage in the global conversation. And let’s be honest: it’s about time! The concern for our planet and the type of future we are leaving for generations to come is very significant. Multiple discussions are being held in the corporate, political and social environments and each is contributing to the dialogue with various and viable solutions.
In order to be able to meaningfully discuss the subject, we first need to understand some basic concepts. One of them is the “Carbon Footprint”. A carbon footprint is historically defined as the total emissions caused by an individual, event, organization, or product, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent (Wikipedia). This basically means that everything we do, all day, every day, has the consequence of CO2 emissions. The food we eat, the distances we drive, and yes, even the emails we send are all contributors.
The truth is, you don’t have to be part of a big manufacturing company to have your share of responsibility in the care of our planet. According to Mike Burners-Lee, author of the book “How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything”, even the action of sending, receiving and checking emails has a significant effect on the overall carbon footprint. But don’t worry, there’s a lot you can personally do to aid in the reduction of CO2.
Here’s a brief infographic to help describe it.
When it comes to logistics, you might think that your company’s contribution to this global issue should have to be related to the supply chain by optimizing delivery routes or using electric trucks, etc. But of course, that’s not all. The conscientious use of your company’s different assets – for example, emails – and, more importantly, the awareness of your employees about similar topics can also make a substantial difference.
You can start learning more about this important subject by calculating your own carbon footprint by clicking here.
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