ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from October 2016.

 

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Staff Engagement is Critical

A survey by @edie of energy managers discussed the challenges faced and their next planned activities. The main barriers to putting in energy efficiency projects were found to be funding 62%, right technology 32% & problems engaging staff 32%. Their focus for energy management initiatives next will be lighting 76%, engaging staff 65% and BMS (building management systems) 56%.

I found the results rather interesting, especially in terms of engaging staff. This is really critical to achieve success – both in terms of raising awareness amongst the wider workforce and targeted training for key teams or personnel, including management.

ISO 14001 Success
Roband Electronics is pleased to announce that its EMS has been successfully recertified and this time to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard. ESHCon guided Roband through the transition process starting with an ISO 14001 Gap Analysis.

Hear Me Speak – Business Growth Opportunities
I will be speaking at NatWest’s business growth seminar on Wed 2nd November, 4-6pm, in Crawley.  We’ll hear about R&D claims and other tax savings; grant funding for business growth; and I’ll cover the Commercial Benefits of ISO 14001 (or Why Environmental Management is like Riding in the Himalayas).  Free to attend & great networking – book now.

Awards, Awards, Awards!
The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards are now open for entry, with plenty of categories including Green Business & Responsible Business. Get thinking about your entry & apply by 18th November.

To give you some inspiration, come along to the Green Business Showcase – hear from past entrants & Green Business winners. Denbies, Hilton Hotel, Tek Express and Softech will discuss measures from heat pumps, LED lighting and pipework insulation to tree planting, bat boxes and bio-fuel tractors! Tues 1st November at the Gatwick Hilton.

I’ve also been recently judging the national Sustainability Leaders Awards and the judges had some good discussions. The shortlists will be released soon & the winners announced at the awards ceremony on 27th January at the Park Lane Hilton.

Water Deregulation
In April 2017 the water industry is being deregulated in England and Wales. So, as with electricity and gas supply, businesses will be able to choose their own water provider. By having a choice of provider, it is expected that customers will see savings, discounts and more attractive payment terms, plus providers are likely to help you improve water efficiency.

What should you do now? See my blog for advice on deregulation and water efficiency in your business.

Paris Agreement to be Ratified
The Paris Agreement, which will enter into force on 4 November, has been hailed as a “truly historic moment” in the fight against climate change, which could eventually go down in history as “the most impactful multilateral treaty of all time”.

Getting over 190 countries to agree this at the COP21 meeting in Paris last December involved a great deal of negotiation. The Agreement “emphasises with serious concern” the need to hold the increase in the global average temperature to “well below 2C” above pre-industrial levels, and “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C”. Considering the latest figures from the Met Office show that global temperatures have already reached 1.1C, there is renewed urgency on this matter.Already ratified by USA, China, India and the EU, the Prime Minister has May vowed that the UK will have officially ratified it by the end of 2016.

So what does this mean to business? In order for countries to contribute to maintaining global temperatures, significant carbon emissions restrictions are anticipated. Many companies are adopting Science Based Targets, which understand how their industry sectors must adapt. At least through ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, your risks and opportunities assessments will need to consider these national emissions targets, security of energy supply and medium-long term energy costs.

A summary of key points of the Paris Agreement are given here.

Other News

 

IEMA Network
Calling all IEMA members – come along to the regular IEMA Sussex & Surrey Social. Join us to meet other IEMA members, talk about career, our companies, the challenges we face & opportunities we generate. Next meeting on Tues 22nd Nov at the Black Jug pub in Horsham, 6.30-9.pm.
Southern Water Audits

Southern Water are offering non-domestic customers (including SME businesses, schools, charities, parish councils) to whom they supply water, free water saving devices. An audit will assess your water use & recommend various controls for urinal, showers, toilets & taps.
Charity bins & Coffee Cup Recycling
A new idea from the Keep Britain Tidy to reduce littering uses Charity Bins. Where people are encouraged to place rubbish in bins & so generate money for local charities, street litter fell by 30% on average. Might be good for your site?

 

And what about all those coffee cups we use every day, wouldn’t it be good it there was a great big recycling bin shaped like a coffee cup to remind us?
Halogen Spotlights Ban
Been meaning to replace your halogen bulbs with more efficient LEDs? As they can waste up to 10 times more energy than LEDs, new European legislation is banning any new orders on halogen bulbs GU10 spotlights and PAR30 floodlights. Currently being phased out, the energy-gobbling halogen spotlights will be banned in 2018.
Carbon Trust Green Business Fund
SMEs can apply to the Green Business Fund to help save energy. The Carbon Trust is offering up to 30% of the total project cost for energy efficient equipment upgrades and refurbishments, up to a maximum of £10,000.

 

 

 

 

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