Sustainability in business

Duncan Reid, co-founder of Reset Connect London, shares easy ways to support World Environment Day

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Published: 5 June 2022

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This article first appeared in our World Environment Day issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published on 02 June 2022. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Main image: WWF-UK’s HQ, the Living Planet Centre © Richard Stonehouse

UK businesses can be at the forefront of tackling the climate and nature crises by setting clear targets and plans to meet them.

These are just some of the themes that will be explored at Reset Connect in London (28-29 June), an innovative sustainability and net zero gathering of business leaders, innovators and investors in London.

The networking event will host 120 speakers across five different stages. As a keynote speaker, WWF CEO Tanya Steele will highlight the central role business will play in driving sustainable futures, and showcase WWF’s work to support businesses by offering sustainable careers pathways and ensuring young people are equipped and supported to access them.

‘The scale of the challenges we are facing can only be tackled if businesses step up and place nature at the heart of their decisions, and if young people are provided with opportunities to gain skills and access career pathways that enable them to drive the transition to a sustainable
future.

‘That’s why I’m excited to be part of the discussions at the Reset-Connect Expo this June, where innovation experts, government officials and industry leaders will convene during London Climate Week.’

TANYA STEELE
CEO of WWF

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Tips for sustainable business

There are some easy ways for business leaders and employees to drive the sustainability agenda – for World Environment Day (05 June 2022) and beyond.

  • Reducing computer screen brightness will lower energy consumption; listen to podcasts or download videos instead of watching energy-hungry livestreams.
  • Introducing plants will help to oxygenate the workplace and create a healthier environment for everyone. You could also encourage your local authority to develop a future city plan to create greener inner-city spaces with rooftop and vertical greenery. This would make city centres – and their inhabitants – more resilient to future temperature rises.
  • A ‘no disposable cup’ policy – alongside the provision of washable cups and mugs – will help staff to reduce the amount of waste generated in the workplace, and recycling bins – positioned in all
    areas – will help divert remaining waste from landfill.
  • Employees should be encouraged to transition from commuting by car to remote working and active travel – by train, bus, e-bike, bike and on foot. Support the shift by subscribing to an organisation that plans and monitors travel plans, and recognises businesses that implement them effectively.
  • Buildings contribute to 39% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Investing in smart building controls will save 10-15% of a commercial building’s energy use through cloud-based sensor platforms that analyse and optimise buildings in real time.
  • You can go further still by going off grid; see if your business could create its own energy sources using solar panels, biomass heating or even its own wind turbine.

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