Non-Financial Reporting

Non-Financial Reporting Directive It is common for large companies to include wider information into annual reports, but it will soon be a legal requirement for some.  The EU’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) requires certain large undertakings and groups to disclose non-financial and diversity information.   The NFRD applies to large undertakings that are Public Interest Entities (PIEs) with an average of 500 employees over its financial year, and that: Issues transferable securities that are admitted to trading on a regulated market in the EU; Is a credit institution (a bank or building society, though not a credit union); Is an insurance undertaking; or Is designated by a Member State as a public interest entity (for instance because of its business, size or the number of employees).   It has not yet been enacted into UK legislation (but should be by 2017) so the exact requirements are not yet known.   The Directive however requires two disclosures. The first is a non-financial statement.   This statement should give an understanding...
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Water Deregulation

Water Deregulation

Water - The Choice is Yours In 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.   Large business customers (consuming >50,000m3 of water a year) already have that supply choice and indeed businesses in Scotland have had retail competition since 2008.   By having a choice of provider, it is expected that business customers will see savings, discounts and more attractive payment terms, plus providers are likely to help you improve water efficiency.   All businesses and other organisations (not households) will be able to shop around for their water and sewerage suppliers from April 2017. The water coming out of your pipes doesn’t change, it’s really just who you pay!   Water users with high spends or lots of sites with low spend are likely to see the biggest potential gains.   What you should do now   You may be able to switch supplier now - review your current water...
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ISO 14001 Gap Analysis

ISO 14001 Gap Analysis

Mind the Gap! ISO 14001 Gap Analysis With over 300,000 certificates issued across the world, ISO 14001 is the best known standard for environmental management. More than ten years since it was reviewed, the latest version of the standard was released in late 2015.   What are the Major Changes? There are a number of changes with the new standard, the major ones being: Consider the context of the organisation to identify the internal & external factors and conditions that affect the organisation. Identify the interested parties and any requirements they have. Top management must demonstrate leadership, ensuring that the environmental policy & objectives are consistent with the overall business strategy. Management review outputs should include any implications for the strategic direction of the organisation. Identify the effect of uncertainty (“risk”) associated with threats and opportunities and take action to address them. Consider a life cycle perspective when identifying aspects and impacts, i.e. from raw material acquisition, or generation from natural resources to end-of-life...
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Ecodriving training

Ecodriving training

Ecodriving training To save money when driving it’s not just down to your choice of vehicle – your driving techniques make a big difference in fuel efficiency.   Being heavy on the pedals. Not thinking ahead. Not using gears correctly. All these increase fuel consumption and make for a less smooth ride.   Can your company benefit from ecodriving training?   Ecodriving training can help provide: reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions increased MPG by up to 15% reduced risk of vehicle accidents reduced vehicle wear and tear get your staff involved in your environmental work.   “Since the training took place, fuel consumption has reduced across our fleet by more than 20 per cent. Some of which is from efficiencies gained from our vehicle replacement programme, which accounts for about 8% of the fleet per annum, but the remainder is generally felt to be from better driving practices. When a fleet uses about 200,000 litres of fuel a year, as we do, this soon adds up.” Rob Newman, Service...
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10 Years

10 Years

ESHCon 10 Years and Counting! I’m proud to say that this year ESHCon will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Wow, where has the time gone? 10 years of environmental management consultancy, working with such a range of interesting businesses, from micros to multi-nationals.   I’ve been chatting with several people recently who are thinking about setting up their own business. They were interested in my approach, how I’d established the business and good client base.   Now, of course, I’m no expert in this but I thought I’d jot down some of my thoughts on the past 10 years into a few bullet points.   Don’t be afraid to start - this could hold you back at first, but you just need to start… now!   Love what you do; do what you love - this is clear for me. I am passionate about my work which raises quality and customer satisfaction.   Get a mentor - this was really useful for me to plan my business and...
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SusLive

SusLive

Sustainability Live Well I had a busy few days at Sustainability Live recently.  SusLive is the leading UK exhibition for energy technologies and services, taking place over three days in April 2015 at the NEC.   I used the time to network with a variety of contacts – suppliers, clients and partners. It’s always good to catch up with people there in an informal setting.  Plus I was busy ‘on the stage’ so to speak. I gave two presentations and chaired a session in one of the Energy Efficiency theatres. These workshops and seminars were designed to offer practical guidance and advice about implementing sustainability and energy management initiatives.   ISO 50001 and 14001 – Making the Connection With ISO 50001 a route to compliance under ESOS, many companies are interested in putting in an Energy Management System to this standard, but don’t know where to start.   My first session covered the connections between this and ISO 14001. There are many links in how the systems work,...
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Next Training Date

Training - Gain Commercial Benefit from the Environment Embedding the environment into your business will give you efficiencies, savings and help win new business. Train your staff to get the most from this.   ESHCon’s next training course is scheduled for Tuesday 3rd March 2015 with the University of Brighton.   The one-day course gives an introduction to environmental issues, ISO 14001, improvement activities and cost savings. And gain a CIEH qualification.   It’s a good intro to all staff and managers; plus an overview for those taking on env responsibilities. Why not run it in-house for your staff, or engage with your suppliers and stakeholders?   “Very good course, well explained.”  “Lots of ideas to take away. Very knowledgeable and clear.”  “Very impressed by Anya’s training. She was knowledgeable & very approachable, the session was relaxed & enjoyable.”   £275 - to include course materials, assessment, lunch and refreshments.   To discuss your training needs & objectives, please do email me.     Return to Homepage Contact Me or Email Me       ...
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Grants!

Eco Innovation Grants Apply for a grant of up to £3,000 to help your business.   Eco Innovation Grants are available for developing new products that have a low environmental impact or new business processes that achieve a more efficient use of resources or materials.   This includes putting in an EMS and can go towards the cost of a consultant.   For SMEs (<250 staff) in South East England.   Click here for more information.     What is Eco Innovation?    The development of new products that have a low environmental impact or new business processes that achieve a more efficient use of resources or materials.   The off­er:    A grant of up to £3,000 to help promote your new environmentally friendly product, process or service. A new business process may be implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) and the grant can go towards the cost of a consultant.   Grant funding can support:     Anything that can help promote your product or service, such as Marketing and web development; Trade shows; Sales agents;...
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Top Tips

Green for Growth and Top Tips I enjoyed delivering my seminar to Gatwick Diamond Business members recently. Entitled Green for Growth, I presented jointly with the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.   Starting with an introduction to environmental management and the commercial benefits, I then advised what to do in your business, from developing policy, identifying impacts, KPIs and an action plan.   I finished off by introducing ESHCon’s Top Tips, giving some examples from the list of 100 tips covering energy, transport, waste and water: Make good use of natural daylight Turning down the heating by 1°C can cut gas use by 8% Reduce car journeys by grouping appointments together Look for inefficient use of materials & unnecessary wastage.   Lorraine Bell from the University of Brighton then gave an introduction to their Green Growth Platform, a five-year programme to support and expand the green economy in Sussex. She explained the range of advice and support available, including case studies of successes and grants /...
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Env & Energy Awards

2015 Environment and Energy Awards – Enter now! Now in their 16th year, the Environment and Energy Awards are widely regarded as one of the highest accolades for sustainable business practices.   Entries are put before a panel of expert judges who have the extremely difficult job of deciding the finalists and winners. Winners will be announced at a glittering gala dinner and night of celebration on April 22nd at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.   There are 14 categories to choose from: Energy Manager of the Year Renewables Innovation Award Energy Product/Service Award Business Utility of the Year Innovative Energy-Efficient Project Award Environmental Leadership Award for Organisational Behavioural Change Innovation Award for Environmental Technology Environment Product/Service Award Sustainable Business of the Year Award Sustainability Communications Campaign Award Innovative Water Management and Efficiency Award Innovation Award for Energy from Waste Health, Safety and Environmental Skills Development Award Outstanding Contribution to the Energy Industry Award   Previous Winners of the Sustainable Business of the Year Award include: Environment...
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Drivers for Sustainability

Drivers for Sustainability In researching its latest International Business Report, Grant Thornton asked 2,500 businesses across 34 economies what is driving their corporate social responsibility activity, examples of CSR initiatives and how these are being reported. They also looked at the role integrated reporting can play in improving transparency and decision-making.   What drives companies to become more socially responsible? Businesses report an increase in drivers to move towards more environmentally and socially sustainable business practices. Globally, cost management is the main driver (67%), followed by customer demand (64%) and because it’s the ‘right thing to do’ (62%). How a business is perceived to be operating is also important in many countries (59%), especially China.   In the UK however, client / customer demand was the top answer (62%), with recruitment / staff retention next (49%).   Paul Raleigh, Global leader – strategic development and growth, Grant Thornton, says CSR could be the difference that beats the competition: “The leadership of dynamic businesses towards more socially responsible and transparent...
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The Value of ISO 14001

The Value of ISO 14001 ISO 14001 Continual Improvement Survey In 2013 ISO conducted a survey of users of the international standard for Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001. With about 5000 participants, from 110 countries worldwide, the survey looked at their experiences in implementing ISO 14001 and the value of it to the organisation.   Value for environmental management Organisations had realised significant value from ISO 14001 for environmental management issues: meeting legal requirements, improving environmental performance, and enhancing management commitment and stakeholder engagement.   Value for business management ISO 14001 has provided considerable value for business management, most notably for meeting stakeholder requirements, improving public image, achieving strategic objectives, and integrating with business management systems. Factors influencing adoption These results correspond with reported motivations for adopting the Standard, including commitment to environmental protection/conservation, and reduction of risk of adverse environmental impact. Primary influences related to business management included customer requirements and public image. A more detailed summary of the survey can be found here. Return to Homepage Contact Us or Email Us    ...
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New ISO 14001

New ISO 14001

What's new with ISO 14001? ISO 14001 is being reviewed, with the new version to be released mid-late 2015. The draft international standard (DIS) is currently out for consultation, allowing us a preview of what ISO 14001:2015 is expected to involve.   The key changes include: A stronger emphasis on truly embedding sustainability into the organisation and showing leadership Including environmental requirements in procurement, design & delivery of products & services Considering threats and opportunities of external environmental conditions (e.g. adapting to climate change, resource availability) Engaging with interested parties and other external communication An emphasis on data quality and assurance.   Here is a little more info of the new requirements (including clause numbers), of the 2015 standard:   Understand the organisation and its context - requirements to determine the environmental context of the organisation (clause 4.1), and the needs and expectations of interested parties (4.2). Leadership and strategy - increased focus on the role of top management, and aligning the environmental policy with the organisation's...
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SME help from ACCA

ACCA says SMEs need environmental management Policy makers, regulators and finance professionals must help small businesses adopt sustainable business practices – since their huge environmental impact is currently being overlooked, says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).   SMEs represent >90% of global businesses, with about 50% of GDP and 63% of employment, plus they have a significant impact on industrial pollution. However, SMEs are often not involved in the sustainable business debate and have been slow to adopt environmental-related improvements.   Only 29% of SMEs in the EU have introduced measures to save energy or raw materials (compared with 46% of large enterprises) and only 4% have a comprehensive energy-efficiency system.   In its policy paper Embedding Sustainability in SMEs, ACCA’s Global Forum for SMEs has called on a number of groups to take action to help smaller businesses to enable them to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.   SME-specific measures and approaches will need to be adopted, if these efforts are to gain any significant...
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GDB Awards

GDB Awards

Gatwick Diamond Business Awards At a glittering evening the winners of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards were announced.   As sponsor and judge, I was pleased to present the Award for Corporate Responsibility to solicitors Mayo Wynne Baxter.   I was impressed with this business – there is a clear culture of Corporate Responsibility within and throughout the company. Extensive charity work is evident both in staff fund raising activities and corporate support by the company itself. Social activities reflect the company's core business. Environmental and economic issues are also included, e.g. waste & energy management, local suppliers and an interns programme. With an adopted policy and plan, there is an embedded CR culture giving value to the business.   The award was collected on stage by a selection of the company’s own team of Chestnutters – the volunteers coordinating fund-raising activities in aid of local hospice Chestnut Tree House.     It was however a difficult decision with two strong runners-up: International Logistics Group and Young Start Up Talent.   Many congratulations...
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ISO 14001 Success

Another Successful ISO 14001 Client Environmental and carbon management consultancy ESHCon is pleased to announce that another of its clients has been successfully certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).   ESHCon has been working with Roband Electronics to develop and implement the EMS which will manage impacts, reduce risk, identify opportunities for cost savings and address customers’ needs.   Based in Charlwood near Gatwick Airport, Roband specialises in the design, development and manufacture of electronic power supplies, predominately for the defence and aerospace markets.   Andrew Gold, Managing Director of Roband, said: “We already had a history of good environmental management at Roband but, as our customers are increasingly demanding a more formalised approach to this activity, we decided to go for ISO 14001 certification. I am delighted with the team’s achievements.”   ESHCon’s Director Anya Ledwith said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Roband, seeing the EMS progress towards ISO 14001 certification. Reducing wastage, promoting efficiency and saving money - this is...
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Mandatory GHG Reporting

Mandatory GHG Reporting

Mandatory GHG Reporting – Are you ready? From 1st October 2013 LSE-listed companies have to report on their global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.   The UK is the first country to introduce mandatory carbon reporting. Although currently only applying to around 1,100 listed companies, the scheme could be extended in 2016 to all large companies.   The GHG Emissions (Director’s Report) Regulations 2013 applies to companies listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, requiring them to report their material Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, calculated in tonnes of CO2 equivalent (all six Kyoto gases).   Emissions should be reported in the Director’s Report of the Annual Report and Accounts. The organisational boundary will reflect that for financial reporting, including all non-UK emissions.   Your next annual report will have to include that year’s emissions, so if your next report is for April 13 to March 14, you should already be collecting the data for this.  Activities include gas & electricity consumption, fuels, refrigerants & fleet...
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GDB EXEC

GDB EXEC

Gatwick Diamond Business Established for over 50 years, Gatwick Diamond Business (or GDB) has been the leading voice for business and commerce in the region. Representing business, it provides a united voice to influence Local and Central Government issues. GDB is run by the members for the members; it is financially and politically independent.   Much more than a business networking organisation, GDB’s core objectives include to promote business opportunities for the members, improve skills and training, encourage inward investment and develop links throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.   With a small core team of staff, GDB is guided by its Executive, made up of members representing different sizes and sectors.   I'm very pleased to say I have recently joined the Executive Board of GDB. An active member of GDB for 5 years, I work with multi-nationals and SMEs in various sectors so understand the opportunities and challenges facing businesses today. Together we build trusted working relationships, bring value, meet objectives and see commercial benefits:...
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Tenders

Tenders – get the competitive advantage I have seen that companies are increasingly being asked for environmental information in Tenders or Requests for Proposals. Customers want assurance that their suppliers offer quality, provide value for money and support their own principles.   Tenders typically ask for your policy and details of your Environmental Management System (e.g. ISO 14001). So, make sure you use this to your advantage: Provide a good environmental policy Include evidence of your ISO 14001 certification Consider their questions carefully – explain your company’s impact and what you are doing about it. Make it relevant to this tender. Demonstrate how you help your customers meet their own environmental targets.   This helps build a relationship with the customer and demonstrates your advantage over competitors.   This article was published in the GDB Members’ Newsletter (May 13) and on Sussex Enterprise’s blog site (June 13).       Return to Homepage Contact Us or Email Us...
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University of Kent

University of Kent

Testimonial from the University of Kent ESHCon recently helped the University of Kent implement their Environmental Management System. They kindly provided the following testimonial, after successful certification to ISO 14001.   “The University of Kent is the size of a small town in terms of its geographical size, population and operations, and contains a good deal more in the way of environmental features and risks.  Building an EMS was a daunting task – especially as the elaborate system which appeared necessary would have been unwieldy and doomed to failure.  Anya provided the perfect means to help us draw the many strands together into a really lean and manageable system which nevertheless covers all our requirements and really delivers.  Her vision of how this would take shape overall, her wide and detailed subject knowledge, and her highly personable manner were vital to driving the project forward, and getting numerous key players enthused.  We achieved accredited certification to ISO 14001 in just 14 months, which...
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