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By Tim Sandle     Nov 12, 2019 in Environment
The company Instant Offices delves into how the workplaces can learn from some of the world's greenest cities including what the current top eco-friendly trends are. This is in the context of people being ‘greener’ at home than at work.
UK government targets to make Britain 'net-zero' by 2050 is on the rise and recent research suggest more and more British workers are realizing the importance of green habits. However, new research, from the Green Building Council, finds that around half of people admit to being greener at home than at work, there is clearly more to be done.
The research shows by implementing green habits in the workplace nationwide, this could save the economy an estimated £15.3 billion ($18 billion) by the year 2050. This means that focus environmental policy on what happens at work makes sense. For example, firms that actively manage their carbon emissions tend to see an 18 percent higher return on investment compared with companies that do not actively engage in this areas.
As well as driving economic savings, the process of ‘Going green’ can also impact upon the environment and help to promote employee wellbeing. The latter point also makes economic sense, given that employee sickness rates can be reduced.
Based on these findings, Instant Offices has examined how workplaces can learn from cities that have advanced environmental policy most greatly. Adopting such policies can help to make companies more attractive to Gen Z and millennial workers.
Examples of good practices from global cities include Copenhagen, where green roofing has been integrated into urban developments since 2010 and all public transport will move from diesel to electric engines by the end of 2019.
A further example comes from Vancouver, which is setting out to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. Here the Canadian city is seeking to obtain all of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. With San Francisco, the city is diverting 80 percent of waste away from landfill; this will hit 100 percent by 2020. Other examples of green cities include Singapore and Stockholm.
With workplaces, pro-environmental measures that can be incorporated include putting in green roofs and gardens, to help reduce energy and to provide a space to promote worker well-being. Another measure is with banning single-use plastic at work, and to promote the use of recyclable materials.
Further, companies can adopt renewable energy sources, such as by fitting solar panels and seeking to develop net zero energy buildings, where the total amount of energy a building uses becomes same as the amount of renewable energy created on the site.
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