A Win-Win Strategy: Reduce Carbon Emissions & Keep Healthy IAQ
June 5th is World Environment Day (WED), established by the UN General Assembly in 1972. WED is celebrated globally with a theme set for each year, trying to pursue a balance between human interactions and the environment. This year's focus was on air pollution with special attention to carbon neutrality.
Carbon neutral is a term used to describe the state of an activity where the carbon emissions caused by it have been balanced by other activities to get a net zero carbon emission. Being carbon neutral is one of the pathways to achieve sustainability, giving a boost to the carbon market while engaging more people to cut down their carbon footprints.
2 ways to achieve carbon neutral
- Funding activities which reduce carbon emissions in other areas.
- Eliminating carbon emissions altogether through the direct use of renewable energy.
There is an increasing number of businesses moving towards being carbon neutral. They recognize that being carbon neutral plays a key part in their sustainability and Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. If you are a carbon neutral-beginner, simple behavior changes can help you to take the first step. Tips below are feasible options for your business to mitigate the daily carbon footprint and keep healthy indoor air quality at the same time.
Tips to reduce carbon impact from your workplace
1. Do HVAC maintenance regularly
Dirty HVAC systems have to work harder to move the same volume of air, resulting in higher energy use. Systems which are not properly maintained also often result in noxious air quality and contribute to the development of recurring respiratory disease like asthma, bronchitis and skin hypersensitivity; removing dust and mold from the system cuts down the possibility of potential bacteria growth. Proper maintenance also extends the life of your system, meaning less waste.
PureLiving offers Total Care™ maintenance with certificated engineers visiting your site and performing all necessary system checks and filter changes, allowing you to enjoy guaranteed clean air.
2. Turn up the air conditioner
Setting the temperature of your air conditioner 1 degree Celsius higher in the summer can save 10% on your energy bill. The ideal temperature of the air conditioner during summer is between 24-26 degree Celsius.
3. Select the right fittings for your office
Examples include upgrading lighting to LEDs and fluorescents and using building materials such as magnesia-based cements or wood that can absorb carbon dioxide. An indoor carbon dioxide level below 1000ppm can create a better working environment for decision making, and the right lighting fixtures can prevent eyestrain and increase productivity while also using less carbon-emitting energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
4. Add indoor plants to your office
Having plants in the office can be helpful to clean the indoor air and reduce stress at workplace. Carbon dioxide concentration is reduced while working productivity increases. A human spaces report also found that employees whose offices included natural elements scored 15% higher for creativity than those whose offices didn’t include such elements.
5. Print wisely
Cut down the use of paper material by reviewing and sharing documents online; when you do print, go double-sided.
PureLiving is a leading indoor environmental consulting company with a simple mission: to help our clients create healthy homes and workplaces. Our expert team of building engineers, HVAC specialists, and environmental consultants advises clients on air and water quality, mold, asbestos and lead exposure issues and helps to improve their indoor environmental quality through testing to identify sources of pollution and then eliminating them. Our total range of solutions includes pollutant testing, design and installation of cutting-edge filtration systems, monitoring, and odor and chemical reduction. With operations in six cities across China, Hong Kong, and India, PureLiving is the industry’s provider of choice for assessment, engineering, implementation, and monitoring of indoor environmental quality.