For businesses that are conscious of operating in an environmentally friendly way, technology is worth considering as part of your green strategy.
In this article we look at technological solutions that will help you to run a greener business…
Printing, sending and storing paperwork creates a much bigger carbon footprint than the digital equivalent (125,000 sheets of paper is the equivalent of around 2.5GB of data).
To go paperless, move away from physical filing systems and make the most of cloud storage solutions (such as Dropbox). Also ensure that you use (and request) email communication
Manage your finances in the cloud
Historically, financial paperwork has been a big contributor to physical filing systems…but using Xero (cloud accounting software) to manage your company finances enables you to email invoices and store financial paperwork electronically (there’s no need for paper backups). Be sure to request that your suppliers send their invoices to you by email too.
Using video conferencing software (such as Zoom) will reduce the amount of travel required for meetings – therefore minimising your carbon footprint. We know that a physical meeting is sometimes necessary…but try suggesting a remote video meeting before travelling across the country/world!
For in-house communication, corporate social networks (such as Slack) bring people from all over your business together; enabling team members to share knowledge, ideas and support from different offices – also reducing the amount of travel required.
Having the technology in place to facilitate remote working will reduce the travel requirements of you and your team.
The right cloud software solutions can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection…so your team members no longer need to work from your office.
Also, when considering hardware, it’s worth bearing in mind that laptops and mobile devices are built with low-power components so that their batteries last longer. This means that they draw less power than a traditional desktop computer; reducing running costs. On average, a laptop costs around 1p per hour to run, whilst a desktop computer costs 2p per hour. Mobile devices and laptops also facilitate flexible working; with your employees able to work from anywhere at any time.
Please contact us to discuss greener technological solutions for your business.