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When we talk about the environment, it's common to dwell on its degradation and the adverse impact humans have on it. Accordingly, the carbon footprint has long been a familiar metric for assessing climate change and negative impacts, encompassing greenhouse gas emissions. But what if we consider the positive contributions? This is where the concept of the carbon handprint comes into play. 

What is the carbon handprint model?

The carbon handprint departs from traditional carbon footprint metrics by focusing on the positive environmental impacts of business activities. Rather than solely measuring emissions and resource depletion, the carbon handprint acknowledges positive actions that contribute to carbon offsetting, renewable energy adoption, waste reduction and ecosystem restoration. This holistic approach provides a more comprehensive view of a company's sustainability efforts.

Why the shift in perspective?

In an increasingly eco-conscious market, consumers and stakeholders are demanding greater transparency and accountability from businesses. Embracing the carbon handprint not only aligns with corporate social responsibility goals but also enhances brand reputation and competitiveness. Moreover, adopting sustainable practices can result in cost savings, operational efficiencies and access to new markets and opportunities.

Strategies to improve your carbon handprint

Invest in renewable energy 

Transitioning to renewable energy sources is a cornerstone of sustainable business practices. By reducing reliance on fossil fuels, you can significantly decrease their carbon emissions and environmental impact. You can start by auditing your current energy consumption and needs to identify areas of high energy consumption and prioritise opportunities for transitioning to renewable energy sources. Then, you can explore the feasibility of installing solar panels or using a renewable energy provider. These systems can generate clean energy to help grow your carbon handprint and reduce your reliance on grid electricity.

Implement circular economy practices 

The circular economy aims to minimise waste and maximise the value of resources by keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible. Implementing circular economy practices can help you reduce waste generation and improve your carbon handprint. To do this, consider choosing products that offer durability and longevity to extend their lifespan. For example, Kyocera’s ECOSYS printers have drums that deliver up to 600,00 print jobs. This means better use of resources, higher productivity levels and greater value from your investment.

It’s also important to consider the entire lifespan of your office equipment. So, look for providers that recycle end-of-life products or components. In Australia, Kyocera is part of the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark program, which collects and returns cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling to reduce waste.

Promote sustainable supply chains

Your supply chains can play a significant role in your company's carbon handprint and environmental impact. Promoting sustainable practices throughout the supply chain can help reduce emissions, conserve resources and promote social responsibility. That’s why it’s important to collaborate with suppliers to assess environmental and social performance and identify opportunities for improvement. You can even implement systems to trace the origin and environmental footprint of raw materials throughout the supply chain. By doing this, you can also promote transparency by disclosing supply chain information to stakeholders and consumers to build trust.

Support carbon offsetting projects

Carbon offsetting allows businesses to compensate for their carbon emissions by investing in projects that reduce or capture greenhouse gases elsewhere. This can help you achieve carbon neutrality and contribute to global climate mitigation efforts. One such approach could be choosing nature-based solutions, such as reforestation, afforestation and conservation of natural habitats. These projects can capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provide additional environmental benefits, such as biodiversity conservation and soil restoration

Educate and engage employees

Employee engagement is crucial for implementing sustainability initiatives and fostering a culture of environmental responsibility within your organisation. You can educate and empower employees to participate in sustainability efforts and contribute to positive environmental outcomes by raising awareness about sustainability issues and best practices.

Additionally, you can encourage employees to participate in volunteer programs that support environmental conservation and community sustainability initiatives. These can include volunteer events, such as tree planting, beach cleanups or habitat restoration projects, to engage employees in hands-on environmental activities. From there, it’s important that you recognise and reward employees who demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainability.

By implementing these strategies, you can enhance your carbon handprint and demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development. Embracing the carbon handprint as a guiding principle can lead to tangible benefits for your organisation, including cost savings, operational efficiencies and enhanced brand reputation. Together, we can make a positive impact on the planet and create a better world for future generations.

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