Sustainability in service companies

Sustainability in service companies

Sustainability is much more than a commercial message. One sign of this is that companies are not only reducing their own levels of pollution and energy consumption, but are asking their suppliers to make the same level of commitment. The corporate social responsibility plans of service companies have to be adapted to these new requirements.

More and more service companies are starting to measure their environmental impact. Some are not bound by law, but by force of demand. “These gestures make us think that we are moving towards better resource management in our society. Compliance helps, but it is not enough”, explains Mar Robles, environmental manager at GreeMko.

This trend towards responsible environmental management is evident, for example, in law firms. One well-known law firm decided to use lighter weight paper, and claims to have reduced its carbon footprint by around 650 kilos of CO2 per year. The improvements they include in their reports range from the most basic, such as ensuring that all their light bulbs are LED – better late than never – to providing electric bikes and cars for employees.

Indeed, an office also generates its own environmental and carbon footprint (consumption of water, gas, electricity, paper and cooling gases). It may seem overwhelming, but,” explains Jorge Portillo, CEO of GreeMko, “that’s what digital technology is for:

“When companies discover automated computing, it opens up a window of opportunity for improvements that were previously unaffordable.

Jorge Portillo, CEO GreeMko.

Keeping track of this data, managing consumption and calculating the carbon footprint does not require a lot of time. GreeMko’s software does this automatically, quickly and easily.

One of the most common and simple measures to reduce a company’s carbon footprint is to switch to a supplier that provides renewable energy. Mar Robles comments on this gesture:

“It can have a big effect on retailers. If more and more companies demand renewable energy, the energy mix will have to change to a more decarbonised one”.

Mar Robles, environmental manager at GreeMko.