Low-Tech Ways to Save Energy at Workplace

These are simple ways, smart energy initiatives that any business can do. By targeting appliances that are of the most use – like photocopy machines, lighting, coffeemakers, printers, etc. –  you help your business conserve energy and cut energy bill. However, you got to train your employees, to have them become active participant of your energy savings program.

A good tip I saw from Saving Energy. “Make sure that equipment, like copy machine, is not place near the thermostat. The heat from the copier can affect how thermostat works and throw the system out of balance.”

Another tip. University of Georgia cooperatives recommends installing a motion sensor light switch. Because motion sensor automatically turn lights off and on whenever anyone leaves a room. And there’s the mother-of-tips for all sorts of workplace from Energy Savers, DOE, including for businesses with HQs at home.  

When you put these smart energy initiatives in place, you save money, reduce carbon footprint, and make your stakeholders happy 🙂

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Business with a Purpose Business Models

I stumbled into Business Model Alchemist via Holy Kaw. If you’re into social entrepreneurship – looking into business models that has something to do with social and environmental impact, like I am – take a look at this presentation below for inspirations.

Global 10 Risks Facing Businesses

Ernst and Young recently released its Business Risk Report 2010 based on interviewed with a panel of more than 70 industry executives and analysts from 14 sectors.

If you look at the snapshot of the top 10 global risk across the 14 industries they cover below, you’ll see how a number of risk listed is associated with the sustainability factors of your business.

For example, in the business of green, there are regulations and compliance apply to business of any size. Literally, there are dozens of environmental regulations apply to small businesses, from environmental permits, air quality regulations, cleanup, ecosystem protection, fish and wildlife regulations, and more.

Eventhough, radical greening risk dropped from number 4 in 2009 to 8th in 2010, environmental regulation, consumer trends and strategic responses – remains a long term issue.

The snapshot below is what they called ‘risk radar.’ These are the drivers that might affect how you do business and at the same time, how it can help you position into the future. Compliance is associated with politics, law and regulations. Financial is the kind of risk associated with the economy and market ups and downs. Strategic is associated with customers, competitors and investors. Operational risk affects the processes, systems, people and those in the value chain.

Global 10 business risks:

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The table below shows on the relative importance the top 10 business risks across the 14 sectors they studied.

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For more details, you can download the ‘Business Risk Report 2010’ here.

images: EY

Sustainable Development: Eco-Efficiency, Circa 1996

Eco-efficiency is a management philosophy term first coined by World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a CEO-led global organization of some 200 companies dealing with business and sustainable development.

“eco-efficiency is achieved by the delivery of competitively priced goods and services that satisfy human needs and bring quality of life, while progressively reducing ecological impacts and resource intensity throughout the life-cycle to a level at least in line with the Earth’s estimated carrying capacity.” In short, it is concerned with creating more value with less impact.

Take a look at the report below that was written in 1996. Fast forward 14 years – where are we? Well, it’s obvious that we’re not there yet.

Though, as time progresses, more corporations joined WBCSD from 120 to 200 and counting. But, the reality in the sustainable world, change is a slow progress.

Many businesses are still not in the buy-in mode yet – with the concept.

Why not?

I meant, if you look at the seven (7) elements that make up the eco-efficiency strategy, wouldn’t this something that of interest to any kind of business?

The 7 elements of eco-efficiency, via WBCSD:

R – Reduce the material intensity

E – Energy intensity minimized

D – Dispersion of toxic substances is reduced

U – Undertake recycling

C – Capitalized on use of renewables

E – Extend product durability

S – Service intensity increased

Eco-efficiency, embraces other concepts, such as ‘pollution prevention,’ ‘source reduction,’ ‘waste reduction,’ ‘waste minimization,’ and ‘cleaner production.– circa 1996

Because when businesses integrated sustainable development into their overall business strategy, it help them to analyze their resource productivity (energy, raw materials, supply) that improve business performance, and find opportunities.

Isn’t it that what a business want: save money, market share, growth, competitive advantage and profit, no?

Businesses that have implemented eco-efficiency are leaders in their respective industries. A sample of the line up, are companies like Interface, HP, Dupont, SC Johnson, United Technologies Corporation, and more.

It’s just amazing, how this report below prove that this vision of eco-efficient leadership stood to the test of time. (Treat this as an intro).