How do you make a better world? Green Living and Businesses, can they co-exist? What if they do?
Sustainability means minimizing operational costs and impact on environment through advancement of innovative ways.
‘Green living’ leads to sustainable success. Do businesses recognize the need for sustainable success? A need for environmental stewardship has to be recognized.
Green is good. Green living and businesses together is even better. Can they co-exist? Yes. About 75% companies in the world are making efforts to attain sustainable success. It is a practice, only gets perfect. Businesses have started to recognize the need for environmental sustainability.
A Canadian appliance source store, Toronto, keeps all the appliances that consume less energy and have at least 2 stars. “It is our duty to ensure that the consumers avail products that endorse eco-friendly and consume less energy,” says a member of the store.
If you own a business, have you placed systems, processes, and metrics necessary to drive advancement in energy conservation and waste management? Do you have plan for sustainability?
Here’s a list of things to include in your sustainability plan:
Environmental Management: Review all the aspects of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) and approve the capital expenditure investment accordingly. Environmental sustainability should be a line function at every level, therefore, during the operational phase; hold respective unit heads responsible for meeting all Environmental & Safety requirements.
Air Emission and control measures: Reduce the energy use efficiency by conserving fuels and reducing costs. Make or adopt policies that regulate certain norms.
Effluent treatment and management: Your manufacturing facilities cater to effluent management systems and equipments for treating effluents, which can be categorized as:
- Bio-degradable: Use primary and secondary treatment procedures.
- Non-Biodegradable: Dry the inorganic streams by spraying. Concentrate the non-biodegradable effluents in evaporators.
- Utility effluents: Use physico-chemical treatments for these effluents.
- Sewage: Use traditional and conventional treatment systems based on biological treatments for waste management.
Waste Management: Waste matters. Reduce waste generation and recycle waste. Dispose-off e-waste to authorized agencies and recyclers. Have a waste minimization system in place.
- Hazardous waste management: Incinerate unutilized hazardous waste. Install and operate incinerators by referring to guidelines.
Bio-diversity: Make your best possible efforts to maintain vigorous and unprejudiced eco-system. Bio-diversity is a key indicator to sustainable success.
So, how do you make a better world?
Your individual contribution counts too.
World Wildlife Fund, Canada offer tips for eco-living both for businesses and individuals. They are regulars with “Canadian Living”. Some of the points mentioned in their blog are (for individuals):
- Start with your home
- Strike up a conversation with your kids
- Be the packaging police
- Eat locally
- Do you shopping at second hand stores
Go green, and achieve sustainable success. Reduce emissions and install better performing equipments and devices.