Carbon Trust Standards

Carbon Trust Standard The Carbon Trust Standard (CTS) is the UK’s most recognised carbon management standard. With the addition of two further standards, triple CTS certification demonstrates an organisation’s achievements in managing carbon, water and waste.   As an accredited assessor for all three Carbon Trust Standards, I can help with your application and assessment.   Awarded to recognise best-practice and real achievements in reduction, the Carbon Trust Standard helps organisations measure, manage and reduce their environmental impact, whilst improving their resource management and operational sustainability.   The certification process identifies inefficiencies in resource use and provides a framework for improving management processes, reducing waste and costs.   Over 1,100 organisations have certified to the Carbon Trust Standard. Some of those I’ve assessed include Barts Health NHS Trust, Berendsen, Cisco, Credit Suisse, Friends Life, Gatwick Airport, Go-Ahead Group, Marks & Spencer, Port of Dover, QVC, Telefonica O2, Tesco, Veolia and Westfield.   Certified organisations have saved save a staggering £165m in energy and operational costs and reduce carbon emissions by over...
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ESOS 2014

ESOS 2014

Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) New legislation requiring large companies to audit their energy usage to identify energy and carbon reductions has recently been introduced, affecting up to 10,000 businesses in the UK.   The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) requires businesses with more than 250 employees carry out comprehensive audits of all their energy usage, including transport. These must be done every four years, with the first completed and reported to the regulator by 5 December 2015. Audits must be carried out by an ‘approved’ Lead ESOS Assessor, either in-house or external.   Introduction to ESOS ESOS is a compulsory programme of regular energy audits for 'large enterprises' to identify energy savings opportunities.   'Large enterprises' cover any Non-SME (small or medium-sized enterprise), i.e. that has 250 employees or more or an annual turnover > €50 million. Not just companies, this also includes partnerships and unincorporated associations, though the Public Sector is not required to participate.   Although each audit will result in a set of energy saving...
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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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Start Saving Energy Today

Start Saving Energy Today Did you know you could cut your energy costs by up to 20% with simple measures that may cost nothing? The UK wastes a third of its energy, costing business millions of pounds in lost revenue every year. Get started today on managing energy to see the business benefits.   Find out how much your business is spending on energy. You may be surprised at the cost.   What do you use the energy for? In an average air conditioned office, heating uses 25% of energy, air conditioning 35%, equipment 20%, lighting 15% & hot water 5%.   Check heating and cooling controls that they are set at the appropriate temperatures and times.   Compile an energy checklist. Walk round your building (during the working day, also at lunchtimes, after work & weekends) to identify where energy savings can be made.   Put together a list of good housekeeping measures, starting with simple actions such as turning off lights and equipment.   Start raising awareness today. Use posters and...
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