10 tips for business to reduce their emissions

The climate change crisis is prompting people to take action.

For some businesses, especially small businesses, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to reducing your emissions. That's why members of the Climate Leaders Coalition have pulled together 10 top tips of practical things businesses can be doing right now to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

1. Start somewhere

"We know for some businesses, particularly SMEs but also often larger organisations, it might seem hard to know where to start. But that's the key – just start. Pick an area to work on, and that will get you going. And then success can breed success." - thinkstep

2. Convert your company cars to electric vehicles

"With the transport sector the fastest-growing contributor to climate change, transitioning our vehicle fleet to electric is a sensible step. We currently have nine electric vehicles, which makes up 50 per cent of our fleet. We are committed to making our entire vehicle fleet, excluding fire trucks, 100 per cent electric by 2025." - Christchurch Airport

3. Reduce your air travel by using video conferencing, embracing flexible working arrangements and offsetting air travel you must take

"We consider the necessity of each and every flight we book, encourage our office cyclists, and support staff members to work remotely or from home." - Flick Electric Co

4. Tackle transport

"We've improved international shipping container utilisation and introduced trucks with mezzanine floors to transport more goods. We're currently using hybrid delivery vehicles and piloting full electric delivery vehicles. We're also aiming to have 30 per cent of our car fleet fully electric by the end of 2019. We use rail for store deliveries where possible. We're also working with our logistics partners to reduce their emissions." - The Warehouse Group

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5. Divert waste from landfill into recycling and composting

"We introduced food waste composting at SKYCITY Auckland in May 2017. In one year we diverted 500 tonnes of food waste, the weight of 142 buses, from the landfill to become compost for local kiwifruit orchards and landscaping companies. Not only does our food waste now have a second life, but it also means our food waste no longer contributes to methane production in landfills." - SKYCITY

Christchurch Airport is committed to making its entire vehicle fleet, excluding fire trucks, 100 per cent electric by 2025.
Christchurch Airport is committed to making its entire vehicle fleet, excluding fire trucks, 100 per cent electric by 2025.

6. Think about your supply chain

"We choose to partner with like-minded companies who want to evolve to take on the challenges our world faces in the 21st century. This helped us find a source of plastic made from sustainable sugar cane to produce our bottles. Since moving to sugar plastic in 2014, we've saved 4485 tonnes (and counting) of carbon from being released into the air." - Ecostore

7. Switch your lighting to LEDs

"Since switching to LED lights on 171 of our forecourts, we've saved enough energy to power 350 homes." - Z Energy

8. Reduce your power consumption in your premises

"Refrigerants make up nearly half of our carbon emissions. We're reducing this by rolling out newer more efficient refrigerants as well as energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems when we build new stores or refurbish existing ones." - Countdown

Flick Electric Co encourage their employees to cycle to work.
Flick Electric Co encourage their employees to cycle to work.

9. Partner with others to try new things

"Reach out to your suppliers or other like-minded businesses and work together on finding solutions. As an energy company we've supported our customers to trial EV's, access energy audits and more, we've also benefited from our own suppliers helping us to reduce emissions by providing data, tips, and other low-carbon solutions." - Contact Energy

10. See it as an opportunity

"More and more businesses are seeing reducing emissions as an opportunity to demonstrate their values and realise business efficiencies. Not only is reducing emissions good for the environment, it can help your organisation save money and win you new clients and customers." - Enviro-Mark Solutions

Brought to you by the Climate Leaders Coalition  – a group of 74 businesses, including Stuff, who have committed to reduce their emissions to tackle the issue of climate change.