Energy is key to our working life. Throughout the day, I use lighting, heating (I do live in the UK!) and plenty of electricity. I recognise the need to keep this to a minimum, using heating only when needed and setting devices into eco and power saving modes.
At the end of the day, I make sure to switch off and unplug devices to save energy and make sure that the impact of my energy use is minimised.
Working with books, it’s inevitable that I will have to deal with paper! However, generally speaking I don’t need to work with printed materials, working on screen instead.
When I do print, things need to be printed because they are for repeated use, on recycled and recyclable paper. Where possible, I can minimise my paper use by printing double sided and/or use multiple pages per sheet.
I need to further investigate recyclable inks and ink cartridges.
Transport and travel
I mostly work from home, so there are no daily transport considerations. However, when needed – for networking events, client meetings or editorial conferences, for example – I cycle, use public transport options or, as a last resort, share travelling with others.
Servers and cloud storage all come with an environmental cost. To minimise this impact, I endeavour to store as little as possible in cloud servers and send emails only when needed.
I’m am unaware of my email client and web hosting’s environmental policy and I will definitely need to explore this further.
There are lots to think about when running a business conscious of the environmental impact it is having. How my work intersects with others, for instance, is one thing that I need to do further work on.
- Banking and financial services
- Internet providers
- Publishers and other corporate clients
As I learn more, I will keep you updated. Download a PDF copy of my environmental policy here.
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