Objective To reduce the carbon foot-‐print of our office to zero by eliminating unnecessary waste and by reducing or off-‐setting unavoidable waste. What is waste? Unnecessary waste: anything that needs to be discarded after single use or cannot be recycled. E.g. plastic glasses, platic bags. Unavoidable waste or acceptable waste: anything that can be reused over long periods of time or can be easily recycled. E.g. paper, ink cartridges. What aspects of the office are covered? Garbage disposal Paper and stationery Air-‐conditioning and electricity Computer and electronic equipment How do we do this? We will implement this initiative in a phased manner to avoid undue burden on company time and cost, starting with hygiene things and moving on to more advanced ways to conserve and maybe even give back to the environment. Phase 1: Garbage Disposal 1 Garbage bags We will not be using plastic bags for our garbage bins anymore. All “wet” garbage should be thrown directly in corridor garbage bins. 2 Plastic glasses Everyone should use a water bottle / glasses to drink water and other liquids. If you don’t have one, it will be provided to you. 3 Plastic cutlery No plastic cutlery will be allowed in the office. Please get reusable cutlery from home if required. 4 Plastic bags When someone brings an item to the office in a plastic bag, take the item and return the plastic bag. If not possible, store plastic bags in the pantry for future use. Do NOT throw a plastic bag in the garbage. 5 Mats for Lunch There will be reusable mats placed in the pantry, to be used instead of newspaper. Paper and Stationery 1 Recycling Paper ALL DRY PAPER must be stored in the recycling bin and is not to be thrown away in garbage. This will be handed over to recyclekaro.com 2 E-‐billing Do not send printed invoices unless expressly asked by the client. Educate the client about how paper billing is no longer required by the govt. 3 Recycled Printing Only recycled printing paper will be available in the office for printing from Paper now on. 4 Stationery Do not discard plastic pens after the ink is over. Get a refill from the stationery.
No more wood-‐based pencils to be purchased. Only lead refill pencils to be purchased from henceforth. 5 Notes Purchase only notebooks which claim to be recycled – if the stationer doesn’t have them, insist he get them for us Try to conserve paper when writing notes – two column format Do not throw away old notebooks and briefing templates – store in one cabinet for recycling Airconditioning and electricity 1 Airconditioning Air conditioners are to be used only between 24-‐26 degrees Celsius 2 Electricity Before leaving, ALL switches at your workstation must be turned off, including switches for peripherals and UPS back up. No overnight charging of laptops. The last person to leave the office should check if all switches at workstations and main switch board are off. The last person to leave the office should also turn off the internet modem in the cabinet below the visitor’s seat. 3 Refrigerator The refrigerator should be set for “Winter” at all times. Do not over-‐crowd the refrigerator; keep excess items in the storage and move to refrigerator only when space opens up. Do not keep freezer door open Computer and Electronic Equipment 1 Energy saving Do not keep a computer or printer on unless required During lunch put your computer on hibernate / or shut off. This is also good to refresh your cache Maintain your power settings on “energy saving” mode, which is available in Power Options of Control Panel on all PCs Make sure Energy Saving Mode has the following options selected: o Dim the Display after 2 minutes of inactivity o Turn off the Display after 5 minutes of inactivity o Put the computer to sleep / hibernate after 10 minutes of inactivity (except the central computer) Keep your monitors at the lowest brightness that is comfortable for you – good for your eyes as well Next Steps Appoint an eChampion to enforce the policies outlined above CCS has tied up with Recyclekaro to collect and recycle paper garbage from our office; paper and non-‐paper garbage bins will be implemented for their collection. Old computer equipment will be either provided to charity or to a recycling centre. Implement skype / video conferencing for client meetings and educate the client about the same instead of wasting fuel to travel to client unless absolutely required. Use public transportation if possible.