Guide to Going Green

As the body of evidence of the impact of human activity on the environment grows, we all have a role to play in reducing emissions and pollution.

Businesses play a vital role in this mission to reduce our impact on the environment. There are actionable steps businesses can take to have a greener approach to the workplace.

Consider doing any or all the following to help your business go green.

Go paperless

There are many ways offices can go paperless, all of which can reduce stress and streamline operations including:

The Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work Scheme is an excellent route to making your office greener.

Under current government guidance,  some of the benefits of the Cycle to Work scheme for employers include:

Installing a Solar Panel System

Solar panel technology is one of the most popular solutions to sustainability due to the high returns they deliver.

There are significant financial benefits in store for businesses that invest and/or install commercial solar panels.

A standard commercial solar system can provide free electricity for more than 25 years with installation costs paid back in roughly five years.

Public Transport

It makes much more sense to have several people on a single bus, rather than three individuals each in their own car.

Where possible, you should try to encourage staff to use public transport to reduce their reliance on their car for the daily commute.

To help, organisations can offer interest-free loans to help staff spread the cost of public transport season tickets or offer season tickets through a tax-efficient salary sacrifice scheme.

Car Sharing

Would it be possible for some of your staff members to share a ride? Taking just one employee out of their car could have a massive impact on the amount of CO2 your workforce produces during their daily commute.

Setting up a car sharing scheme is simple and easy, plus it could even help your staff members to reduce their own cost of travel by eliminating unnecessary journeys.

Electric Car Charging Stations

As the technology behind electric vehicles continues to improve, employers might want to consider installing electric car charging stations.

The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is one of the ways the government is providing options for businesses to adopt greener workplaces.

Want to go green and save money?

If you want to know more about how you can make your workplace greener and reduce your tax and operational costs at the same time, read our helpful Green Tax Guide.

It covers the current best practices for a sustainable workplace and outlines some of the incredible tax reliefs available to businesses.

Alternatively, if you want to learn more about how we can help you to go green, contact one of the Richard Anthony team here.

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