On average, we spend about one-third of our lives at work. This means that a large part of our emissions are linked to our job. All the individual actions mentioned above can also be adopted in the workplace. If you have a company, check to see how you can reduce your emissions: from the goods and services you produce, having a circular economy, to office and building sustainability. Assess whether meetings should be in person or can be held on-line, reducing travel for meetings, and think about implementing teleworking. If you are an employee, share these ideas with your colleagues and the company’s managers.
Advice for the “responsible worker”:
- Always try to use the most sustainable form of transport possible. Especially if you work in a big city.
- Avoid physical meetings whenever possible. There are currently a number of platforms that allow you to hold virtual meetings. We suggest that each time you hold a virtual meeting you calculate your footprint, to be fully aware of the good you are doing.
- How many times have you left work in a hurry and left your computer on? It is important to turn it off always and, if possible, to also turn off the main switch at the table to avoid other devices (chargers) from functioning all night.
- Is it easy for you to recycle at work? If not, we invite you to make a clear request to your human resources department.
- If you take a walk at night in a big city, you will see that there are a lot of offices that leave the lights of their building on to project an image of grandeur, and think they’re providing a more beautiful night landscape. If your company is one of them, we invite you to take this up with them.