The climate conference (COP 21) of the United Nations in Paris is behind us. It is of vital importance to develop new plans to diminish CO2 emissions and further reduce global warming. As I write this blog, the framework for the climate accord has been completed. Thus far, it has been decided that global temperatures must not exceed a 2 degree celcius increase in the coming years. However, one of the positive results of the climate conference is that there is a plea for a 1,5 degree limit, and possibly even less. The draft of the agreement opens the door to the ministers for a lower boundary. The precise details of this agreement will be apparent soon.
2322 kilotons less CO2 emissions in 2020
Everyone can naturally make a contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions on their own level. And not only at home, but there are also many initiatives available for businesses to contribute to the environment. In preparation for the climate conference in Paris, 110 Dutch businesses organized themselves into the Netherlands Climate Coalition. Their goal is to half their CO2 emissions in 2020. Or, more concretely, provide a 2322 kilotons savings in 2020!
14 % of energy utilized must be ‘clean’
The implications of the changes of the climate conference on the Netherlands are as yet unclear. At the moment the Netherlands must reach a goal of utilizing 14% “clean” energy within four years. To accomplish this, the government encourages sustainable mobility, alternative material use and energy efficiency in houses and buildings, among other things. We can obtain that 14% by large measures, but with also smaller changes. Is there, for instance, a printer policy in your organization? Some organizations reduce paper usage by keeping track of how much paper is used by each employee. That perhaps seems like a drop in the bucket, but did you know that a 10 m x 30 cm tree produces approximately 8000 A4-sized pieces of paper? From this it is easy to imagine how many trees are consumed by just your organization.
Reducing CO2 emissions of paper factories
One of the ways to lessen paper use is by holding paperless meetings. Reducing the paper used when meeting will further lessen demand for paper production and paper factories will produce less CO2. In addition, removal of trees on the current scale to produce paper also leads to deforestation and that further increases the greenhouse effect. Did you know that the forests contain ecosystems where at least 80% if our animals live? Forests provide oxygen, produce raw materials and limit extremes of heat and cold. It is clear: trees are necessary for the health of all living beings. Not only paper, but also liters ink and toner are conserved by holding paperless meetings. And that saves a lot of chemical waste!
Does your organization want to reduce its CO2 emissions footprint? Perhaps you’d like to know exactly how many trees your company can save by instituting paperless meetings? Do our tree test!