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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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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Case Study: ISO 14001 EMS – University of Kent

Case Study: ISO 14001 EMS University of Kent The University of Kent, the UK’s European University, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities and is proud of its record of research-led teaching at Canterbury, Medway, Tonbridge and Brussels.   Eshcon helped implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) and the successful certification to ISO 14001.   The University has a history of good environmental management but wanted to gain ISO 14001 to co-ordinate its numerous functions and initiatives, to drive further improvements and to help progress up the Green League, an environmental performance table of all Universities.   Eshcon worked with the University’s Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) Unit, providing advice and guidance in implementing the EMS: Conducting initial Environmental Review, identifying aspects, impacts & legislation Running workshops to develop the EMS Programme, a series of action plans focussing on energy, waste, transport, biodiversity, materials and emissions Establishing groups (e.g. management team, auditors) and systems, setting targets and processes for collecting & monitoring data Leading audits...
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ISO 14001:2015

What’s new with ISO 14001? ISO 14001 is the best known standard for environmental management. There are over 300,000 certificates issued across the world.   It has been 11 years since ISO 14001 was last reviewed and the new standard has just been released - an exciting time for the environmental management industry.   ISO14001 systems will need to: Cover not only your impact on the environment, but also how the environment (external conditions) affects you Be integrated into the business, not a standalone system or just a tick-box exercise Have more involvement from senior management, showing leadership Cover supply chain and products in use, as well as direct operations. Include the views of wider stakeholders Have higher quality data management and focus on environmental performance.   There will be a transition period of up to 3 years for organisations to certify to the new standard.   It is wise to start thinking about it now. It’ll make your transition smoother and you’ll see the benefits sooner.   I am working...
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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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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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EDOC

edoc – Waste transfer goes digital We are all trying to reduce the amount of materials we use & waste we produce. So should we really need to keep paper records to demonstrate compliance with waste Duty of Care requirements?   Why not use edoc (electronic duty of care), a new system to create, share, sign and record waste transfer notes online? It's free, safe & secure, and is backed by government bodies and the waste sector.   Up to now, Waste Transfer Notes (WTNs) – those important pieces of evidence to show you are handling waste properly – have largely been completed by hand, with paper copies kept on file for the requisite two years or more. It is estimated that around 23 million new WTNs are created each year, adding up to a mountain of unnecessary paper and an administrative headache for businesses.   edoc enables you to create WTNs securely online, where you can manage, search, interrogate and retrieve them quickly and easily. It will...
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Top Tips for Certification

Top Tips to prepare for Certification ISO 14001 Certification - The Process You have implemented your Environmental Management System (EMS) and let it run to see that it works, is delivering continual improvement and your objectives. Now you’re ready to go for ISO 14001 certification but don’t know what that involves.   After selecting your certification body and agreeing the scope of your management system, the process of certification is as follows: From Stage 1 document review through to surveillance visits, click here for a rundown on what to expect of the certification process.   Top tips to prepare for certification audits Make sure your documentation is complete, up-to-date and relevant.   Ensure you’ve covered all the stages / activities required by ISO 14001 – including audits and the Management Review.   Brief key personnel so they know what to expect from the auditor’s visit, the sorts of things they’ll be asking about and what evidence they’ll want to see.   Get your staff involved, it’s a great opportunity to...
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10 Top Tips for EMS

10 Top Tips for EMS

10 Top Tips for EMS You know I extol the virtues of Environmental Management Systems. The commercial benefits include efficiencies, cost savings and winning new business.   I have helped numerous organisations implement formal systems for managing their key environmental impacts. Some of these have also gone on to certify to the international standard ISO 14001.   There are a number of stages when implementing an ISO 14001 EMS.   Here are 10 top tips to think about: Get support and commitment from senior management to make sure your EMS isn’t at odds with business strategy. Use your existing systems (H&S, quality, performance management) to deliver environmental improvements following the Plan-Do-Check-Act process. Set up an EMS Group and appoint an Environmental Manager (could be part-time) to drive the system forward. Develop your policy, objectives and action plans, and ensure all involved understand their roles and responsibilities. Communicate with your staff to get them motivated and engaged, giving specific training where needed. Involve your customers and suppliers to...
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P/T ENV MANAGER

P/T ENV MANAGER

Part-Time Environmental Manager Does your company already have an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System but no one to drive or co-ordinate it? Maybe the responsibility has fallen to you, but you don’t have the expertise or the time?   ESHCon will help develop the EMS to ensure it runs smoothly, taking on the role of Environmental Manager.   You get a specialist to call upon when needed - at the end of the phone for advice or coming on-site for key meetings & audits.   This ensures that the system is implemented effectively, delivering your objectives and giving maximum benefit to the company. It will complete the necessary stages, meeting the requirements of ISO 14001, so that the certification audits are smoothly for you.   ESHCon’s Part-Time Environmental Manager Service includes: Ongoing advice on requirements of ISO 14001 and assistance with EMS implementation Ensure EMS Core Documentation is up to date (inc Policy, EMS Programme, Manual & Procedures) Conduct Legislation review Conduct internal EMS audit and monitor corrective actions...
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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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CT Water Standard

Carbon Trust Water Standard  In addition to its highly successful Carbon Trust Standard, the world’s first organisational carbon footprint reduction certification, the CT has introduced a new standard to help companies reduce their water use.   The Carbon Trust Water Standard certifies organisations that measure, manage and reduce water use year on year.  By achieving the new standard, your organisation will demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and improve its reputation.   The Carbon Trust Water Standard recognises the growing importance of conserving water resources, and builds on our world-leading expertise and proven track-record as a leading international certification body.   Reducing water use is an essential step in the move to a sustainable low carbon economy.   How you can benefit The new Standard provides major benefits: Cut your water use. Benchmark your water use and water efficiency plans. Gain recognition for your water stewardship. Enhance your reputation by using the new Water Standard logo. Reduce exposure to water scarcity. Lessen your impact on the local environment.   For more info, see...
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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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New Waste Standard

Carbon Trust Waste Standard Building upon its successful carbon and water standards, the Carbon Trust Standard has now brought out a new standard to recognise waste management.   Organisations that achieve the Carbon Trust Waste Standard demonstrate a proven commitment to environmental sustainability and by certifying, improve their reputation and standing in the community.   The standard requires quantities of waste produced to be reduced, but also considers prevention, reuse and recycling waste rather than simply depositing it to landfill.   How you can benefit The new Standard provides major benefits: Cut your waste production Reduce waste disposal and output costs Benchmark your waste management activities Enhanced corporate reputation Lessen your impact on the local environment.   For more info, see the Carbon Trust’s website – CLICK HERE.   I am pleased to say that I am accredited as an assessor for all three Carbon Trust Standards – Waste, Water and Carbon. Call me if you have any questions on any of these standards.       Return to Homepage Contact Us or Email Us...
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Reduce Your Waste Line

Reduce Your Waste Line Do you think about your waste line? You should, because waste typically costs companies 4.5% of turnover. This could be reduced by 1% with simple measures.   Managing your waste helps you find cost savings, comply with the law, improve your image and manage your business activities more efficiently.   Firstly, make sure you understand the legislation under ‘Duty of Care’ regarding storage and disposal of waste.   Now, take a fresh look at the waste you produce – how much, from where, by whom? Then, to manage it use The 3 Rs:   Reduce Look at your processes and make subtle changes. Don’t over-purchase & throw away unwanted excess. Squash your waste: don’t fill your bins with air. 'Think before you throw', someone else may want to use it. Print only when you have to and, then, double-sided.   Reuse Refill toner cartridges, use printed paper as notepaper, even reuse incoming packaging for outgoing deliveries. Use mugs rather than disposable cups.   Recycle Make it easy to recycle. Put in bins for paper,...
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Getting started

Environmental management – What gets you started? Even more popular in the recession, incorporating environmental management into core business practices gives commercial benefits, including cost savings, risk reduction and winning new business.   Organisations start out on their environmental journey for a variety of reasons. Some of my clients gave the following reasons:   Customers require it – customers expect suppliers to reflect their own commitment. Often through tender documents, they ask for carbon footprint data, policy or certification to ISO 14001. Cleaning company Citrica won a government contract after passing the Carbon Trust Standard.   Competitive edge – be ahead of the game. KPMG were proud to be the first of the Big Four accountancy firms to be certified to ISO 14001.   Legal requirements – on the Environment Agency’s radar, or under current or forthcoming legislation, e.g. new mandatory carbon reporting. One manufacturer was visited by the Agency and now complies with Environmental Permitting. QHotels manages its CRC reporting requirements and reduces carbon allowance costs.   Cost savings –...
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