Climate change is a multifaceted global phenomena, which requires a global solution. It is linked with many physical manifestations, consumer preferences, regulatory standards, and various uncertainty levels. An imperative aspect of it being the interrelationship between climate change and businesses.
Businesses, especially small-scale businesses, cannot run smoothly without adequate climate conditions, as unpredictable weather conditions can directly impact businesses, resulting in lack of water, for instance, or even floods, and wildfires. This can cause serious damage, mainly to small businesses, and impact business operations.
Similarly, businesses also contribute largely to the change in climate conditions, as they have the power to positively or negatively affect the environment. Millions of tons of greenhouse gases are produced every year by heating and air conditioning systems, as well as plastics, large amounts of waste paper, and old electronic equipment are ending up in landfills, which is causing destruction to our planet and, by causing change in climatic conditions. Companies can contribute positively to this issue by taking steps toward inculcating green practices.
Moreover, just offering good products and customer service doesn’t satisfy customers anymore. They want to understand where the product came from and how the manufacturing process can help in fighting against greenhouse emissions of gases. They are demanding and opting for green products that are not only safer for them to use, but are also environment-friendly.
The change begins from initiating small steps, hence, small businesses need to step up to work toward appropriate solutions, by adapting to small changes, like reducing energy consumption, minimising waste, using raw materials more efficiently, and preventing pollution, especially hazardous gases, which can also cut-down costs, improve efficiency, as well as improve their long-term success.
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