It is generally accepted that business can no longer ignore the effect on today’s global market with consumers demonstrating reluctance to buy goods and services with large carbon footprints or from companies who are seen to have a negative effect on the world’s society.
Protecting the future of our planet and its eco-systems is perceived by many to be the greatest challenge the world has ever faced.
Businesses need to be at the forefront in creating and adopting solutions around renewable energy, green more energy efficient technologies, and other means of reducing their environmental footprint.
Lighting Control: Balancing Growth and Sustainability
With high profile companies including several big banks, large companies with prominent brands, and other organisations of size and influence, leading the way in becoming ‘carbon neutral’, how can a smaller business find the balance between growth and sustainability?
With society demanding greater compliance with environmentally and socially responsibly standards, how can SME’s hope to remain competitive and still convince their customers they are committed to sustainable practices?
Changing legislation is a long, drawn out process. However there is no doubt that legislation will change to enforce many of the practices that forward thinking companies are adopting voluntarily right now.
Knowing that legislation is coming, but choosing to get on top of the issues before that time, is a future-focussed perspective that makes good business sense!
Big businesses who have lead the way in becoming carbon neutral, may have equally large budgets, and large management structures to handle the processes.
Nevertheless, the sustainability pathway for a smaller company can be just that – a pathway (rather than a highway) – and can be tackled one step at a time.
Early successes can be achieved by getting support from your staff and working together with behaviour change initiatives aimed to reduce waste and increase sustainable practices in your workplace.
Lighting Control: Efficiency and Savings
You can back up your staff’s commitment by ensuring the right resources are in place to carry through with everyone’s good intentions.
Lighting control is one area where energy and cost savings may be possible. Inexpensive retrofit technology solutions are available these days that can provide semi-automated solutions to ensure lights (plus heating and cooling) are not left on in a vacant work space.
When energy efficiency measures are introduced, the resulting savings in power costs can provide a swift return on investment. In addition you are demonstrating the commitment of management towards the sustainability journey.
It is clear that long term commercial success is going to depend on doing the right thing – and on being seen to be doing it!