As an aware and socially responsible company how can your business promote environmental awareness among employees? The main issues for any employer would be energy efficiency and waste management.
Just as you consider the technological and economic aspects of any business activity, make it mandatory for the employees to take into account the environmental aspect also. Educate your employees about laws and regulations governing waste management.
· In May this year, the E-Waste (Management and Handling Rules) 2010, framed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests makes it mandatory for hardware manufacturers to facilitate e-waste collection. So before your employees switch on that company laptop or mobile make sure they read the instruction manual which comes with it. It will have guidelines on how to responsibly recycle the parts and the set when it is to be disposed.
· The Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001 rules apply to every manufacturer, importer, re-conditioner, assembler, dealer, auctioneer, consumer, and bulk consumer involved in the manufacture, processing, sale, purchase, and use of batteries or components so as to regulate and ensure the environmentally safe disposal of used batteries.
1) Minimize power consumption. Buy laptops instead of desktop computers as they use less energy. Make sure all machines are turned off when not in use. Computers and televisions continue to draw a small amount of power even when they are switched off. Unplug these devices at the end of the work day. Use rechargeable batteries for cordless phones. This will result in substantial energy savings.
2) Turn off lights when not in use. Replace incandescent light bulbs compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), wherever appropriate. CFLs cost about 75 percent less and last approximately 10 times longer. Adjust lighting to your actual needs and do not have too many lights. Not only is it as bad for visual quality it also adds to costs. Control direct sun through windows and use fans instead of air conditioners if possible.
· Print only what is needed. Print on both sides of the paper- this will reduce paper usage by fifty per cent. Send information through emails. Share newspapers and magazines. Purchase printing paper, note pads and business cards made of recycled paper.
· Use porcelain mugs for coffee and tea breaks.
· Download software legally instead of buying discs.
Did you know that circuit boards, glass tubes, wires, resistors, capacitors, fluorescent tubes can be a valuable source valuable of secondary raw material? Recycle these responsibly with newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes. There are companies which recycle your e-waste efficiently. Use their services for destruction of electronics and IT assets.