There are various policies and procedures that can be used reduce waste and consumption. While lawmakers can always legislate things that humans do. How is it possible to legislate someone’s beliefs and values or do we continue to allow these folks to continue their detrimental ways? This is the bigger picture that needs to be address. It should be used in a way that shows that there is no “silver bullet”. To address and remedy the issue of becoming sustainable, individuals and entities have to held accountable. Just as in the sense of a parent disciplining their children, the punishment and the love go hand-in-hand. Therefore, we need to legislate and hurt these people in their pocketbooks, while also giving them an option to help fix the problem. What is being stated here is that incentivizing people should be the first option and the second option would be corrective action. There are several options that can be used to give people incentives.
1) Education is paramount when it comes to informing and changing people’s bad habits.
Ex. When an individual does not know that they’re doing something wrong to that individual there is nothing wrong with what they’re doing.
2) The 100% Capital Allowances Scheme- It is a tax relief on investment in a range of government approved energy-saving equipment. Capital expenditure can normally be deducted from tax over a period of time. This scheme allows all the relief in the first year, thus improving cash flow.
3) Public Ceremony/ Public Humiliation- While this is a double-edged sword, it is best to focus on the achievements that are made. There should be documents displaying how people and entities are reducing their carbon footprint.