ISO 14001 Countdown

ISO 14001 Countdown

Countdown to ISO 14001 Many businesses have put in an Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage impacts, reduce costs & increase efficiency. It can help win business too, as many customers expect their suppliers to have one in place.   If your EMS is certified to the international standard, you need to update it to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard by September 2018. See here for more details of the main requirements of the new standard.   Here are my top tips for the countdown to the ISO 14001 deadline:   5 - Mind the Gap Start with a Gap Analysis of your current EMS to find out where you need to focus your attention.   4 - Don’t Do it Alone You may be isolated, so engage with colleagues from across the organisation & senior management to get a leadership boost.   3 - Know your Risks & Opportunities Use a PESTLE Analysis to help plan your strategy; it’s important to know the risks & opportunities facing your business in the future.   2 -...
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Awards winning tips

Awards winning tips

Tips on How to Win Awards - A View from the Judges' Table What's the best way to promote your company's achievements on the local, regional or national stage? There are many, many business awards around now; do you take advantage of them?   Just entering an award scheme has many benefits. It’s an excellent learning experience & satisfying too putting the application together - show the best parts of your business & share your achievements. Also it’s a good opportunity to look outwards, at the competition, what customers are looking for, what best practice is. Position yourself as a leader.   At the awards ceremony, finalists get their name up on screen in front of the numerous guests. Why not bring your staff along to say thank you for their hard work? For the winners - not just a glittering trophy, it’s the prestige, the recognition for all of the company & it’s great to be able to use the strapline ‘award winning company’.   I've...
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Global Goals

Global Goals

Making Global Goals Local Business I attended a seminar recently with the United Nations on The Global Goals - the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. The Goals are going to transform our world, so creating opportunities for businesses to use new models, deliver new products & services into new markets.   The 17 SDGs have been adopted by the UK & the other 192 Member States of the UN. They call for economic growth, innovation, affordable energy & upgraded infrastructure, as well as providing a path to end extreme poverty, fighting inequality & protecting the environment. The Goals are to be adopted and delivered by governments, partnerships, businesses & individuals - relevant at the national, regional and local level.   Environmental management compliments well many of the Goals. This is clear in areas like Goal 13 Climate Action & Goal 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities. But it is also integral to Goal 8 Good Jobs & Economic Growth, Goal 3 Good Health and Goal 12...
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June 17 Newsletter – Countdown to ISO 14001 & Support

June 17 Newsletter – Countdown to ISO 14001 & Support

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from June 2017. Countdown to ISO 14001 & Support Stepping out of your comfort zone Last month I attended edieLive, the UK’s leading two day energy, sustainability and resource efficiency event for businesses. I chaired two sessions, on water management and energy, and I also spoke about how ISO 14001 could help energy managers step out of their comfort zone.   There are many things make a manager uncomfortable & I considered three: Communicating; Risk management; & Other (non energy) activities. Using ISO 14001 helps address each of these issues.   See here for a summary & findings of my sessions.   Because most organisations are still early on in their environmental journey, they need a bit of hand-holding. Hence I use ISO 14001 to give them a formal structure to achieve their objectives.   World Environment Day 5th June was World Environment Day. I saw a lot of tweets & stories, mostly about connecting with nature, so I put...
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Getting started – EMS

Getting started – EMS

Top Tips on Getting Started - EMS I see a lot of great speakers at environmental conferences, sharing their experiences & inspiring us to do the same. However I find most companies out there are right at the beginning of their environmental management journey and need help with the basics. They can’t identify with the work done by say M&S and Unilever, it’s just way out of their league.   Hence my support of them to put in an Environmental Management System. It may not be ground breaking to some of us, but to them it’s invaluable.   How to get started…   Get your data together and understand your baseline - energy, waste, water, transport.   Calculate your carbon footprint - it’s a great way to communicate with staff & customers, plus you set your targets from this.   Write an Environmental Policy - show your commitment to managing your impacts.   Develop an Environmental Management System - the processes to manage impacts, find cost savings & comply...
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Chair at edie Live

Chair at edie Live

Chair at edieLive Last week I chaired two sessions at edieLive, the UK's leading two day energy, sustainability and resource efficiency event for businesses. Taking place at the NEC, it welcomed thousands of people interested in environmental & energy management - businesses, consultants, suppliers, students alike. We were all there to learn, to network & improve our industry.   In the afternoon, I chaired the Resource Efficiency theatre session “Putting the O in H2O - Where is the opportunity in water?”. We had great presentations from L’Oréal & IHG - Intercontinental Hotels Group, about the work they’d done to integrate water efficiency into their businesses. At the hotels, clearly water in kitchens & bathrooms was key. Whereas for L’Oréal it was the water within the products & in the manufacturing processes. See my blog for edie.net earlier this year on this.   Earlier in the day at edieLive, I chaired the “Getting under the skin of an energy manager” session (photo above is a view from...
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March 17 Newsletter – Putting the Environment into your Business

March 17 Newsletter – Putting the Environment into your Business

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from March 2017. Putting the Environment into your Business   Celebrating my 5th Anniversary When I first set up ESHCon I was part-time, continuing with a job while I built up the business. But five years ago I took the plunge to go full time. I’ve really enjoyed it - interesting clients, great projects, lots of learning, making opportunities - good times! Thank you to my partners & clients who’ve been with me along the way. To help me celebrate, how about some of my favourite Champagne Truffles from Fortnum & Mason? Email me to say hello & you’ll go into the prize draw (closes 3rd April).   Green Growth 17 - Report from the Chair I was very pleased to chair the recent Green Growth 17 Conference in Brighton. Speakers included Jon Khoo from Interface and Mike Barry from M&S – whose suppliers that prove & improve their own credentials get more business. With 180 delegates,...
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Green Growth 2017

Green Growth 2017

Green Growth 2017 - Report from the Chair I was very pleased to chair the recent Green Growth 17 Conference in Brighton. Green Growth 17 was organised by the Green Growth Platform, an initiative run by the University of Brighton to promote the environmental & low carbon sector. Zoe Osmond, Director, told us that since starting in June 2014, the GGP has attracted 740 members – a mixture of supplier of environmental products & services, & other businesses who wish to improve their environmental management. 130 new green sector jobs have been created, plus 70 students & graduates are working with members, on projects, research & marketing. The objective of Green Growth 17 was to inspire & enable members to connect, innovate & grow. Slides from the conference speakers are available, but I thought I’d share some of the key points I noted during the day. Tara Dean, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton gave the welcome, sharing some of the UoB’s...
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January 17 Newsletter – Environment in your Business

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from January 2017. Environment in your Business   GHG Reporting Are you preparing your carbon footprint for the past year? Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange must include emissions data in their Annual Reports. It can be a little overwhelming, especially if you have overseas sites. To make it easier for you, I can make your calculations or indeed validate your own work.   Make sure you’ve got all the right data - energy & fuel in buildings, company cars etc. Is it complete (missing sites, one departments’ travel)? Make sure it’s correct (anomalies investigated, correct emissions factors used).   Rather than handling all the data themselves, one of my clients finds it particularly useful to trickle the info through to me when it comes in from various offices. I collate, validate & calculate.   F-Gas Inspections Equipment containing F-Gas fluorinated greenhouse gases must be inspected for leaks on a regular basis, depending on their size, also type...
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Switch off

Switch off

The Big Christmas Switch Off Did you know...? Office lights left on overnight use enough energy in a year to heat a home for almost 5 months. Before you head off for a well-deserved Christmas break, don’t forget to switch off lights and (unnecessary) equipment. Cut carbon this Christmas & give Rudolf a green nose! Share this message with your colleagues - email round this poster to remind them.                ...
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Overcoming the Challenges to Environmental Management

Overcoming the Challenges to Environmental Management

Overcoming the Challenges to Environmental Management There are many challenges to environmental management in business, some external but more often coming from within. Here are my thoughts on overcoming some of these challenges.   Make it your USP and gain competitive advantage Customers and clients expect their suppliers to do an element of environmental management, from carbon footprint calculations to ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management Systems. So take the initiative: use it as your USP to differentiate yourself from your competitors; show customers you reflect their values, and use this to win business.   Overcome your short-termism Most organisations (private & public) tend to focus on the short-term - budgets, pay-back periods, share price, terms of office, KPIs etc. To truly understand the risks & opportunities for your business, thinking a bit longer term makes sense.   A sustainable business should engage with everyone it works with to look at, and reward, longer-term results. Why exclude energy efficiency projects that have a pay-back period of 2 years? Why aren’t the...
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Dec 16 Newsletter – Environmental Business

Dec 16 Newsletter – Environmental Business

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from December 2016.   Welcome to the latest ESHCon Newsletter. It’s been an unusual year hasn’t it? In politics, business and the environmental world. For me, I spent most of the year on 3 elements: ESOS energy projects, the new ISO 14001 standard and taking on the chairmanship of Gatwick Diamond Business. We are in a period of uncertainty arising from Brexit & US elections, which will affect our businesses in the short term & beyond. We need to understand & act upon the risks we face, & also the opportunities presented to us. Even more so now, in our industries, communities & organisations, collaboration is key. Working together, sharing good practice, making connections & referrals - these will all help in these uncertain times. I look forward to an excellent 2017. In the meantime, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Need some inspiration for greening the festive...
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Oct 16 Newsletter – Successes & Opportunities

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from October 2016. Successes & Opportunities 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...
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ISO 14001 Success

  Roband demonstrates environmental leadership Roband Electronics is pleased to announce that its Environmental Management Systems (EMS) has been successfully recertified to ISO 14001 - and this time to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard.   The EMS is used to manage impacts, reduce risk, identify opportunities for cost savings and address customers’ needs. Carbon emissions have been reduced by 2%, waste by 5% and electricity by 9%.   The new ISO 14001 standard has extra requirements, including a strong focus on leadership & alignment to the business strategy. ESHCon guided Roband through the transition process starting with an ISO 14001 Gap Analysis.   Based in Charlwood near Gatwick Airport, Roband is an independent British company specialising in the design, development, manufacture and support of electronic power supplies. Roband is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.   Andrew Gold, Managing Director of Roband, said: “Our ISO 14001 system has been useful in getting our staff involved & showing our commitment to environmental protection. I am delighted with the team’s achievements.” ESHCon’s Director...
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ISO 14001 Survey

ISO 14001 Survey

ISO 14001 Survey Every year the ISO (International Standards Organisation) conducts a survey on usage of the various standards. The results for 2015 have recently been released.   In the UK the total number of ISO 14001 certifications stood at 17,824, a rise of 8% over the previous year. The trend has overall been a steady increase, although there was a small fall in 2014. A 17% rise has been seen since 2010. Worldwide, there are 319,754 certifications, a 1% rise.   As the new 2015 standard had only been introduced in September 15, there are understandably very few certifications to this (46 compared to 17,778 for ISO 14001:2004).   ISO 50001, the standard for Energy Management Systems, has seen a dramatic increase in 2015, up by 289% to 1,464 certifications. This was no doubt due to ESOS where ISO 50001 was one route to compliance with the legislation.   Both standards lag far behind the standard for quality ISO 9001, which has a total of 1,033,936 certifications worldwide...
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Save Water

Free Water Saving Devices for SMEs Southern Water are offering non-domestic customers (including SME businesses, schools, charities, parish councils) to whom they supply water, free water saving devices.   A free visit is offered from an experienced water expert who’ll assess your water use and prescribe a number of water efficient products that will be fitted for free.   These include automatic urinal controls, water-efficient shower heads, dual flush mechanisms & Save-a-flush bags for toilets, and tap flow regulators.   Controlling water use in urinals, so that it only flushes after use (and not each time the cistern fills), saves around £100 per year in water costs.   The programme is being focused on certain target areas within our supply area and each visit will be for a period of four hours. All products that are fitted will work with existing taps, showers and toilets and alongside behaviour change advice will lead to ongoing savings on utility bills.   To register an interest and to find out if you are in...
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What is an EMS?

What is an EMS?

ISO 14001 - What is an Environmental Management System? All companies should be thinking about embedding environmental management into their business processes. An environmental management system (EMS) is a system to actively manage your impacts and comply with the law. This can be a simple system, or something more formal, developed to the international standard ISO 14001.   With over 300,000 certificates issued across the world, ISO 14001 is the best known standard.   Organisations start out on this for a variety of reasons: Customer expectation - Customers now expect suppliers to demonstrate commitment to their own values.  Often, through tender documents, they will ask for carbon footprint, policy or ISO 14001. Competitive edge - Showing how their EMS makes them better than their competitors. Legal requirements – They may come under legal reporting requirements, be on the Environment Agency’s radar or are simply aware of the range of legislation that applies to them. Cost savings - With ever increasing costs and pressures on the...
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ISO 14001 Slow So Far

ISO 14001 Slow So Far

Slow uptake of new ISO 14001 standard (so far!) It has been one year since the release of the new ISO 14001 standard. How are businesses and organisations getting on with it?  I’ve been speaking to certification bodies recently & they confirmed that there seems to be a slightly slower than expected uptake of new standard.   ISO 14001:2015 was released last September and organisations have up to three years to transition their existing Environmental Management Systems and certify to the new standard. This must be completed by 14th September 2018.   While many trailblazers have already done so (Northern Rail certified on the day the standard was released!), most are taking a more leisurely approach.   But while we’re all guilty of a bit of procrastination, don’t let it drag on too long.   The certifiers’ advice is to get started now. It does take time to make the transition and ensure the new requirements are embedded into your EMS properly.   Even if you do choose to certify to the...
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Automatic meters

Automatic meters on the way Are you an electricity-using business? More than likely! Then new legislation probably applies to you.   A new OFGEM regulation called P272 will affect all businesses using electricity meters in profile classes 05 – 08. By April 2017 you must use automated meters, and these meters must send regular half hourly usage data to energy suppliers.   This will mean that you will know what your consumption is by the half hour (like 00 profile meters do now), which is useful for monitoring usage patterns & identifying efficiencies.   As a result, to remain competitive energy suppliers will need to introduce time-of-use tariffs, with lower rates available for energy during off-peak hours.   First check your energy bills to see what profile class you have. This is the first two digits of your S Number, on the uppermost row.   Then, speak to your energy supplier or energy broker who may be able to help you.   Return to Homepage Contact Me or Email Me ...
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Aug 16 Newsletter – Uncertainties, Risks & Opportunities

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from August 2016. Uncertainties, Risks & Opportunities EU Referendum It’s been a rollercoaster few weeks following the EU Referendum. With all the changes in political leadership, the dramatic fall in sterling and talk of threatened inward investment, there are so many uncertainties for businesses now. From a compliance point of view, until we know what the trade situation will be, we won’t see material changes to the legal framework. And while we’re still a member, we have to abide by EU legislation & any directives waiting to be transposed into UK law will still need to be done. But now is a good time to look at your business and try to anticipate how this will affect you. Think about things in both the short & medium term - material and energy costs (likely to rise due to uncertain supplies & poor exchange rate), labour availability, compliance obligations (international or local requirements) and...
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