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Breaking Down Assumptions In Sustainability


22-Mar-16 14:48

It feels like the media’s gaze has been focused on the outcome of the climate change conference held in Paris last year for some time now, as experts continue to dispute the impact the agreement will have on businesses. Many argue that talks were a success; the world finally reached an agreement to try and reduce global temperatures by two degrees. Others, however, say the deal is a compromise that is incapable of providing a robust challenge to the threat the world faces from climate change.

 

Although the debate rages on, many businesses have already started to respond to the challenge; looking at how they can make changes, both in their manufacturing facilities and their office hubs.

 

Eco-efficient technology is being rolled out across many industries, including the construction sector. At this year’s Eco-build conference in London, it was clear there are a number of impressive products already out there that are cost-effective, efficient, and leave only a small carbon footprint. These include a hemp concrete mix, specially constructed wood that is far more efficient when it comes to heat retention, as well as taps that can dramatically reduce water consumption without the loss of any pressure in the system.

 

With large companies facing pressure from consumers, legislators and shareholders to become more sustainable across their operations, it will be no surprise to see such technology implemented in offices and manufacturing facilities across the world, especially when those products can also help reduce costs.

 

That isn’t to say that these innovative products won’t come with their own unique challenges, though.

 

One executive told me that their biggest challenge when it came to implementing such technology was with the older generation who were not as well-versed in environmental considerations their younger counterparts. Nevertheless, the executive was optimistic that by constantly challenging perceptions and bringing through new innovations, those long-held views could be challenges and ultimately changed.

 

The key is to not give up and to keep pushing the agenda. Presenting solid cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint – coupled with external pressure – will ultimately win the day.

 

This article is a piece of independent writing by a member of Procurement Leaders’ content team.


Zac Uzun by Zac Uzun

 
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