Guide To Reduce Carbon Footprint at Work

Since climate change has seriously affected people's lives, the topic of environmental protection and low-carbon economy has been increasingly emphasized and advocated. According to statistics, people spend an average of 90,000 hours on work in their lifetime, and how to reduce carbon emissions in the office is an issue that companies must consider for sustainable development.

Guide To Reduce Carbon Footprint at Work

Buying paper

  • Try to buy paper made from nearly 100% waste paper (more than 70% is good recycled paper) and paper made from replaceable fibers.
  • Choose to buy paper that is produced using the least waste-emitting production processes, such as chlorine-free production processes.
  • Purchase paper with environmentally friendly or green labels.

Printing documents

  • Standardize document formats to minimize waste. Use double-sided printing if printing equipment allows.
  • Read and revise documents directly on the computer to reduce the need to print large numbers of unnecessary drafts.
  • Save documents and files electronically.
  • Print multiple pages of manuscript on one sheet of paper or use draft printing mode.

Recycling paper

  • Place waste paper recycling bins in multiple locations. Place large recycling bins next to printers and copiers.
  • Always remind employees how to recycle paper in the office.
  • Even paper from confidential documents can be recycled, and a shredder can be set up.

Computers and other electronic office equipment

  • Turn off all lights, computers, photocopying and other electronic equipment when no one is using them.
  • All electronic devices are set to energy-saving mode.
  • If the computer is not used for more than 30 minutes, turn off the display; if it is not used for more than 2 hours, turn off the computer.
  • Unplug cell phone chargers and other charging devices after use.


Conserve water

  • Install water-saving devices in restrooms, such as a bubbler in the faucet and a toilet with a dual water flow system.
  • Notify relevant personnel of any water leaks.
  • Insist on using cleaning products that are good for the environment.

Electricity management

  • Turn off the air conditioning system after the end of the shift.
  • Turn off the water dispenser after work (a floor standing water dispenser will consume 2 kWh of electricity in 24 hours).
  • Turn off printers, copiers, and computers after work.
  • Turn off office lighting and other electrical equipment after work.

Green Transportation

  • Reduce reliance on automobiles and promote alternative modes of transportation that are beneficial to the environment.
  • Reduce automobile emissions and encourage the purchase of energy-efficient vehicles.
  • Choose public transportation to get to work and provide information on public transportation routes.
  • Plan business trips and meetings to reduce the number of trips and distances driven.
  • The company provides bike racks and shower facilities for employees who bike and walk.
  • Encourage work by phone and email to reduce travel.

Recyclable and Reusable

  • When shopping, buy food in bulk packaging and choose items packaged in recyclable materials.
  • Choose environmentally friendly shopping bags such as those made of canvas.
  • When eating, try to use your own reusable coffee cups and bowls, avoid disposable tableware like lunch boxes, paper cups, plates, chopsticks, etc.
  • Do not use plastic bags when packing take-out lunches.
  • Before deciding whether to buy new office appliances, see if the existing ones can be redecorated for reuse.
  • Donate old furniture and equipment to employees, charities or thrift stores.
  • Delete old files or format old disks to store new files.
  • Place recycling bins in the office to collect recyclable waste.
  • Recycle aluminum, glass, plastic, electronics.
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