Climate change went from being a background social factor to a major political issue and all the main parties are now talking about adopting drastic measures.
Businesses that want to be at the forefront and lead as an example need to change the way they think and operate to become greener.
For many organisations this will create a significant opportunity, if they can make changes and become part of the solution they will no doubt make considerable gains in many areas including efficiencies, government-backed funding and positive PR.
Our technological innovations have the potential to harm our environment, but if we use them wisely and develop sustainable ideas, they could also help solve the ecological problems we have created. Technology may not be the only answer, however, it is already providing substantial solutions to our environmental issues.
In recent years, we have seen a rise of companies investing in creating instruments to utilise renewable sources of energy, improving agricultural practices and reducing waste in the global food supply chain. We can monitor the environment and ensure environmental-related laws and regulations are being followed. Also, the sharing economy and the rise of both the number of electric cars and smarter homes all have a positive impact and help in reducing our environmental impact.
The pace of innovation has accelerated over the past few years due to emerging technologies and political awareness, organisations have become more and more digital using way less paper than in the past, thanks to computers, smartphones and cloud storage.
Recently, we have all seen an increase in the number of video conferencing technologies which have benefited people working remotely. However, the benefit has a much greater impact than just enabling us to communicate; Mother Nature has begun to breathe once again resulting from the much-reduced carbon footprint.
At Cooper Lomaz we have adopted video conferencing and recruitment technologies which are incredibly useful when communicating internally, represent candidates and liaising with clients. We have seen a substantial reduction of time wasted calling and trying to get in touch with all parties to organise interviews and an increase in success as only people who are committed are willing to spend time understanding how these technologies work.
Winston Churchill said: “It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see”.
As for now, the future for our environment is becoming way more important for people and via the right technology we might be able to save our planet.