Last week, councilman Paul Koretz proposed an inspiring motion to reduce the carbon footprint of Los Angeles 80 percent by 2050. Koretz discussed plans to increase the city’s transition from coal to renewable energy sources by adding more trees, solar rooftops and deploying more clean-burning garbage trucks.
However, if LA isn’t able to replace energy it currently buys from the coal-fired plants in Utah, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) may need to buy more solar and wind energy. Though it is 100% carbon-emission free, it is costly. It is promising to see that the LADWP is on track to reduce carbon emissions by 58 percent in 2025, and up to 70 percent by 2030.
At The Refinishing Touch, we pride ourselves on our green credentials and all our products are safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. We work hard to reduce carbon emissions of government edifices and it’s encouraging to see communities take steps towards becoming greener and managing their environmental impact. We hope the Los Angeles climate change plan will inspire others to do the same and take a more proactive approach to becoming environmentally conscious.
Do you know the impact of your organization’s activities on the environment? When it comes to replacing furniture, there’s a huge impact – just consider that cutting down one tree to make new furniture produces more than 58 tons of CO2 with an additional 7.4 tons produced to then cut that tree into sections and transport it. By the time you add assembling and shipping, the total is an estimated 125.32 tons of CO2 for every 100 rooms of furniture, compared to less than 1.25 tons for 100 rooms of refinished furniture.
To calculate your carbon footprint – and see how you can reduce it with furniture asset management – follow this link.