How to measure the carbon footprint
In order to be able to reduce the carbon footprint, adequate measurements need to be taken. These measurements need to be based on a good methodology, must define its scope, collect and analyse both direct and indirect data. As a result of this data, final reports and certifications will be prepared and, of course, an effective action plan can be established detailing the reduction targets via specific actions.
Some of the measures with which the footprint is to be reduced may entail changes in workers’ habits, reorganising spaces and adjusting to new efficiency measures and technologies.
Examples of measures that can be taken to reduce it:
Algunas empresas muy concienciadas se preocupan de abordar esta situación:
- Ecological and forest restoration in degraded lands in the national geography is one of the best practices. This is carried out by Endesa.
- Companies such as Seat have developed one of the most significant and largest photovoltaic plants in the world. They have managed to generate 17 million kW/h per year. This amount of energy is equivalent to that required for 20% of the production of its León model.
- In turn, the building materials company CEMEX is committed to reducing its emissions by 25% over the coming year and developing more sustainable and energy-efficient construction solutions.
In addition to companies as significant as these, workers can contribute if the management of organisations implement, amongst them, the 3 'Rs': reuse, reduce and recycle. These precepts are basic, given that there are elements that we can undertake in a few minutes, but which will affect the planet for millions of years. It must be considered whether items can be used elsewhere before throwing them away.
Flights can be reduced and videoconferences can be encouraged, public transport and bicycles can be used instead of constantly using a private vehicle. If we need to change a vehicle, we can opt for one that generates fewer emissions.
In offices, the consumption of paper can be reduced, given that it is third largest greenhouse gas emitter. Mobile devices and cloud storage systems enable all documentation to be accessed at any time and place with an Internet connection, without having to print tonnes of paper.
Another appropriate action that can be carried out within businesses is changing their lighting and opting for ecological bulbs, which have the capacity of saving two thirds of the amount of energy consumed. We can also make sure that fluorescent bulbs have a low mercury content.
In short, the carbon footprint is everyone’s problem, but if companies commit to being sustainable, they will transmit that value to their customers and their impact will be reduced.