Case Study – GHG Reporting – Hogg Robinson

Case Study - Mandatory GHG Reporting Hogg Robinson Group Hogg Robinson Group is a global corporate services provider, specialising in travel, expense, payments and data management underpinned by proprietary technology.   Hogg Robinson Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and comes under the mandatory GHG reporting requirements of the Companies Act 2006.   Eshcon carries out annual calculations of Hogg Robinson Group’s Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions for all its sites, to be included in the company’s Annual Report.   Hogg Robinson Group has offices in 88 cities in 24 countries around the world. Collecting this data can be a significant task. Eshcon and the Hogg Robinson Group finance team work together to collect the data from each site (or ‘entity’), ensuring that it is all returned on time, complete and accurate.   A selection of sites is chosen for deeper analysis and validation of the data.   Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas GHG emissions are calculated arising from energy in the buildings (gas, electricity etc),...
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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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Case Study – Carbon Trust Standard – Go-Ahead Group

Case Study - Carbon Trust Standard Go-Ahead Group The Go-Ahead Group is one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport services, comprising of 11 bus companies and 5 rail franchises. It employs around 23,000 people across the country, with over one billion passenger journeys taken each year.   Eshcon helped the Go-Ahead Group achieve the Carbon Trust Standard.   Go-Ahead first certified to the Carbon Trust Standard (CTS) in 2010, to help with positioning on the Carbon Reduction Commitment CRC league table and to raise its profile of good carbon management.   Because of the size of the group, number of companies involved and the complexity of the data, Go-Ahead opted for an Assisted Certification of the CTS. ESHCon provided additional support in preparing the submission, as well as conducting the assessment.   Eshcon worked with the Group’s Environment and Energy Manager to take Go-Ahead smoothly through the certification process. This involved: Gathering the required data, reviewing for completeness & accuracy, and ensuring sufficient carbon reductions were...
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Case Study – Carbon Footprinting – JSM

Case Study - Carbon Footprinting JSM Construction   JSM Construction offers a wide range of services to the power, telecoms and civil engineering sectors.   As JSM’s customers were asking for carbon emissions data and reduction targets to be included in tender applications, Anya Ledwith developed their carbon management system.   Although JSM had an EMS in place, they had not considered calculating their carbon emissions until requested by key customers. Now they find it common that environmental and carbon criteria are included in tender specifications.   Working with the SQE Director and his team, Anya supported JSM throughout the carbon management process. A comprehensive carbon footprint was calculated, covering the company’s organisational activities (e.g. energy, fuel, waste & water) and also those arising from the civil engineering projects (considering the embodied carbon within the materials used, such as sand, tarmac, aggregate and concrete).   Using the footprint data to focus on significant areas, an interactive staff workshop identified improvement opportunities and set reduction targets, so developing the carbon management...
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Calculate your Carbon Footprint

Calculate your Carbon Footprint The carbon footprint is used as the first step in your carbon management processes. It is a tool to help you understand your carbon emissions, identifying the most significant emissions reduction opportunities.   There are recognised standards for calculating a carbon footprint, such as ISO 14064 or the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Your footprint, given in tonnes of carbon dioxide (tCO2e), shows your company’s emissions for a one-year period.   How to get started: First, from your objectives, identify the scope of the footprint.   Next gather your data for the previous 12 months: - energy consumption (kWh of electricity or gas), - company vehicles (miles or litres of diesel or petrol), - business journeys (miles by air, car, train, bus or taxi), - materials used (reams of paper or tonnes of raw material) - and other activities (refrigerant gases, waste, water, hotel stays or deliveries).   Use the data gathered to monitor and manage the activity on an ongoing basis.   Calculating emissions for each activity shows where to focus your attention...
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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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@SusLive

@SusLive

Sustainability Live I enjoyed my days at the NEC in Birmingham for Sustainability Live - the ‘no1’ event for sustainable business management, providing a comprehensive showcase of the latest products and services across the energy, water and energy from waste sectors.   I took part in one of the seminars on energy management standards on Thurs 18th April.   I spoke about the Carbon Trust Standard, my experiences as an assessor and a consultant, and above all, how to achieve CTS success.   Click here for a copy of my presentation. If you’d like further assistance or have any queries on the CTS, please do get in contact.   Lastly, I was proud to present one of the trophies at the Environment & Energy Awards. Congratulations to EDF Energy for winning the Environmental Leadership Award for Behavioural Change. It was an enjoyable evening with all the companies pleased with their success! Return to Homepage Contact Us or Email Us  ...
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Training for Continuous Improvement

Training for Continuous Improvement Embedding environmental management into your business will deliver true commercial benefits. Training staff on their roles & responsibilities is critical in finding improvements and cost savings.   There has been a 38% rise in people qualifying in environmental-related subjects over the past nine years, according to a study by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, with significant increases in the last two years.   If you are new to environmental management, training will get you started. If your company already has an Environmental Management System in place, then training will help you with the much needed ‘continual improvement’.   A leading certification body recently reviewed all of its clients’ management systems and the types of non-conformances raised against the various standards (environmental, H&S or quality). Consistently they found that, regardless of the standard, more non-conformances related to training and communication than any other.   Make sure that your staff are engaged and properly trained to avoid these problems. ESHCon offers training courses for people in businesses...
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