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Issue 69 - Helping you to help the environment

Welcome once more to greenlight. This time there's environmental news about electric cars, water resources and one English county's determination to be a recognised centre for green technologies. In addition, there is a new section covering very brief environmental news stories. Please do get in touch with us if you would like to see more of this section in the future. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Tight budgets and the environment

In times of difficulty, organisations concentrate quite correctly on what is necessary for survival, and dispense with non-essential activities, Two favourites for this treatment are training and environmental considerations - but this is a mistake. For as far as training goes, you just have to remember the maxim, if you think training's expensive, try ignorance. Whereas for environmental matters, think about it first from the financial perspective. Organisations can make direct bottom line profitability increases by reducing energy use, minimising and segregating waste, being smarter with company travel and more intelligent with stock control, and so on. Regular readers will recognise this list - it's the one that we use when working out how to help the organisation reduce its impact on the environment!

Water

Surprisingly large quantities of water are used in the overall production process for many familiar products. For example, an apple 'uses' a total of 70 litres when absolutely all water uses are totalled. Some - perhaps many - businesses take water for granted. All organisations rely on water, either for direct use on the premises in manufacturing, or indirectly in the raw materials, goods and services they may need. Understandably it's very easy to assume that water will always be readily and cheaply available, just as it has been in the past.

However, it has been estimated (by Kinsey), that global demand for water by 2030 will outstrip the supply of reliable and accessible sources by some 40%. It may well be time to think of water conservation in an organisation in the same ways as conserving energy and raw materials, and perhaps managers should set policies for efficient use of this vital resource. …

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