Blog | Our planet is precious. But it won’t take care of itself

21 January 2020

The tragic fires in Australia are a stark reminder of what can so easily be lost. It’s very sad to see so much beautiful landscape disappearing, and the loss of life and wildlife is heart-breaking to watch. It will have a lasting impact on the environment and change the face of our world forever.

We live at Mother Nature’s mercy and there will always be natural disasters that we can’t prevent. In these instances, what is important is how we respond and how we support communities in the aftermath. 

But then, of course, there are proactive things that we can do to preserve our planet and reduce our carbon footprint. Climate change is one of the world’s most pressing concerns and it has never been more important to take action. Lip service no longer cuts it. 

This is why 2020 needs to be our greenest year yet. Personally, I have been taking steps for many years to reduce my impact on the environment, from switching to a hybrid car to going ‘meat-free’ twice a week. Of course, there is more we can do to make a bigger impact, but it all starts with small steps in the right direction. And it’s no different when it comes to business. Professionally, we must consider the consequences that our practices and operations have on the world. 

At Facilicom, we have engrained sustainability at the heart of our operations and have joined forces with sustainable solutions partner, Ethical Nation Ltd, to reduce our carbon footprint. Our carbon neutral cleaning system, C2Zero, can calculate the precise impact of every aspect of our service, enabling us to fully offset the environmental effect and return the whole cleaning process on site to a carbon neutral position. We want our operations to be completely carbon free, so we offer this service as part of our standard package for customers.

We also work with suppliers to develop chemical-free cleaning products, to reuse machinery and equipment to give it a longer life, and to reduce the amount of material sent to landfill or ending up in our oceans and waterways.

These are just some of the investments we have made towards safeguarding our planet but there’s always more that can be done. Sharing knowledge and ideas for tackling climate change is key, so we’d love to hear what you and your business are doing to support the environment. Please feel free to share some of your approaches in the comments below. 

Jan Hein Hemke
Managing Director at Facilicom UK & Ireland