SMEs Pro-Environmental Examples and Benefits
As an individual small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) you may have low environmental impact but when combined SMEs have a major impact on the environment. In the EU, it is estimated that 70% of all pollution can be attributed to SMEs.
Normally SMEs think that integrating sustainability into their business is a costly activity requiring time and expertise which they cannot afford. However, practice has proven that when SMEs take a proactive approach to tackling environmental challenges and start to report on them, it will bring some benefits to them.
The reported benefits are: helping SMEs save money, improving their image, engaging their workforce, increasing customers’ satisfaction, strengthening relationships with suppliers and protecting the environment.
This could be done by, for example, becoming more energy efficient, reducing energy bills, reducing water use, cutting down waste, reducing emissions, improving working environments and meeting customers’ environmental expectations, using simple, low-cost actions with quick return on investment.
Below are some examples where companies have managed to save money by adopting some low cost pro-environmental changes:
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