April 18 Newsletter – Risks & Opportunities

April 18 Newsletter - Risks & Opportunities Eshcon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from April 2018.   ISO 14001 Deadline is Looming I’m getting a lot of calls from companies realising they need to act before the September deadline to update their EMS to the new ISO 14001 standard. Here’s how to turn hassle into success. Are you ready for MEES? From April 2018 the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard requires properties to have an EPC rating of E or better. A landlord or a tenant, this can affect you. Making ESOS Work for You To make your next ESOS Assessment run smoothly, it’s worth the effort now to put in the processes to gather good quality energy data. The better the information you supply to your ESOS Assessor, the deeper they can analyse it for energy saving opportunities. Here are 5 Top Tips to help your ESOS Assessor. FSB Awards – Eshcon is Green Business of the Year I was thrilled to be recognised as...
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Feb 18 Newsletter – Great opportunities

Feb 18 Newsletter - Great opportunities in environment & business Eshcon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from February 2018.   Combining your EMS & QMS A number of my clients have an ISO 9001 Quality Management System & now need to manage their environmental impacts. Rather than starting from scratch, adapting the existing system for the requirements of ISO 14001 reduces the amount of time & effort needed. See my blog & Factsheet for how to combine your QMS & EMS - I can help you. #PassOnPlastic Since Blue Planet II, there has been a lot of interest in marine plastic pollution. Every minute, a dustcart’s worth of plastic goes into our oceans, it never decomposes & affects marine life & our own food chain. #PassOnPlastic is a pledge to reduce or even eliminate single-use plastic, e.g. takeaway coffee cups, bottles, straws & microbeads in beauty products. Make the pledge yourself & encourage your company, school, council or other organisations to pledge. Deadline September...
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Nov 17 Newsletter – My Why & ISO 14001 Countdown

Nov 17 Newsletter – My Why & ISO 14001 Countdown

Nov 17 Newsletter - My Why & Countdown to ISO 14001 Eshcon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from November 2017.   My Why – Why I am an Environmental Consultant In developing a business, we should apparently start with ‘Why’. Unsurprisingly for me it’s about improving the environment. My story starts with being inspired by David Attenborough through to developing my mission to make environmental management the business norm. That's why I am here. And I LOVE what I do.   Start your ESOS energy audits now Large organisations should now be getting ready for ESOS Phase 2. Start scheduling your energy audits so that it’s not a rush to final compliance.  For advice on what to do, plus learning from the challenges last time - click here.   The Global Goals Businesses, organisations & even individuals are adopting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Goals. But what are they & why should we care?   Countdown to ISO 14001 It is less than 1 year until deadline to update your EMS...
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Sept 17 Newsletter – ESOS & How to Win Awards

Sept 17 Newsletter - ESOS & Tips on How to Win Awards Eshcon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from September 2017.   ESOS Phase 2 ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme) is in Phase 2 & companies are advised to get going on the work soon, to avoid the rushes experienced at the last deadline. Energy audits can be done from now onwards, to help identify opportunities to save energy & money. As a Lead ESOS Assessor I can help you with your energy assessments & ISO 50001. A New Look for ESHCon Over summer I've been busy redesigning my brand. I have a new look website & logo. These all revolve around my mission to make environmental management the business norm. Check it out. Student Mentor Scheme I am a Student Mentor on the programme run by the University of Sussex. This is how it benefits both the student & myself. Tips on How to Win Awards As a judge of national & regional business...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feb 16 Newsletter – ESOS – Are we there yet?

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from February 2016. ESOS – Are we there yet? I’ve been working with a number of clients to ensure they comply with the ESOS legislation. We’ve analysed energy consumption data (buildings & transport), conducted audits & identified opportunities for reduction. OK, we’ve met the deadline – does this mean it’s all over? Is that ESOS done for four years?  Well no because now the fun part starts: putting the energy savings opportunities into action. So, why not get your colleagues together & run a workshop? Have a good brainstorm, look at the recommendations and develop an action plan: small & maybe larger projects, with timescales & responsibilities; set your priorities and link to targets & KPIs. It’s also a good idea to schedule audits for all sites, to be done over the next 3 years (to fit in with the ESOS cycle). This is especially important to visit all sites if only a...
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June 15 Newsletter

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from June 2015. Time Flies! ESOS – 6 Months and Counting With less than 6 months until the deadline for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, businesses need to get going now. The final date to notify the Env Agency of your compliance is 5th December.   There are 3 stages to ESOS: measure energy consumption, conduct energy audits & report compliance. Remember even if you’re not a large company, you may still need to participate in ESOS because of others in your corporate group.   As the clock is ticking, you should now be collating energy & transport data for your reporting period (1 year covering 31st Dec 14). Data should be in kWh for elec/gas, litres for fuels, maybe miles for business travel – and it needs to be validated. Many companies are finding this a bit of challenge, especially transport.   Next schedule the energy audits for early summer & plan your work in time...
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March 15 Newsletter

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from March 2015.     Spring has sprung! I hope the pleasant weather continues - you always feel more motivated when it's sunny. Welcome to the latest ESHCon newsletter, keeping you up to date with energy & environmental news & events. For further detail, why not follow me on Twitter for updates or please do get in touch for a chat. Anya Ledwith CEnv  Call 07952 987 772 or email info@eshcon.co.uk   . Top Three Benefits Why do you put environmental management into your business? Here are my Top Three Benefits: Cost savings – save energy, save money! Reduce Risk – plan for the future & comply with the law. Win Business – keep your customers happy & stand out from your competitors.                 ESOS – are you in? Get the opportunities and benefits from the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme! It’s all about understanding your energy use and finding savings. ESOS legislation applies to large companies, with more...
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Jan 15 Newsletter

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from January 2015. A very Happy New Year.I hope you had a relaxing Christmas break and are looking forward to 2015! We often use January to improve ourselves (e.g. I give up biscuits, chocolate and alcohol – a real challenge!) but why not think about improving your business? It makes sense to plan ahead for the best results. Follow me on Twitter for updates or please do get in touch for a chat.Anya Ledwith CEnv  Call 07952 987 772 or email info@eshcon.co.uk Planning for Improvement What are your objectives for 2015? Whether they are to reduce costs, increase customer base or streamline operations, I can help. I use environmental management as a tool to make your business more profitable... and so meet your objectives. This isn’t just about ‘being green’, there are plenty of commercial benefits including minimising risk, saving money, improving reputation and winning business.   Make improvements, Save money, Win business Customers asking for...
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Nov 14 Newsletter

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from November 2014. It’s been a busy autumn and we're all looking forward to the end of the year. With new legislation coming in, there are both challenges & opportunities. Why not think now more about embedding the environment into core business practices? Follow me on Twitter for updates or please do get in touch for a chat. Anya Ledwith CEnv  Call 07952 987 772 or email info@eshcon.co.uk  Energy Opportunities ESOS - What to do now The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) requires large companies to assess their energy usage and conduct audits. More than simply legislation to comply with, this presents opportunities including cost savings, efficiencies and better business resilience. What you should do now: Decide if you are in – do you meet the criteria (>250 staff or turnover >€50m turnover, individual company or part of a group) Collect one year of energy data (covering 31st Dec 2014), including energy in buildings,...
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Sept Newsletter

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts – here’s the latest from Sept 2014. It’s been a lovely summer and now I’m looking forward to a busy, busy autumn. With new legislation coming in, there are both challenges & opportunities. Now is the best time to embed the environment into core business practices. Follow me on Twitter for updates or please do get in touch for a chat. Anya Ledwith CEnv  Call 07952 987 772 or email info@eshcon.co.uk  Hands Up Who Uses Energy Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations - ESOS New legislation requiring large companies to audit their energy usage has recently been introduced; ESOS affects up to 10,000 businesses in the UK.All large companies (>250 employees or turnover >€50 million; some smaller companies within larger groups may also be affected) will have to complete an assessment of their energy consumption every four years. Energy audits must be done (or approved) by a Lead ESOS Assessor, producing a list of “cost-effective efficiency measures”, and...
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July 14 Newsletter

ESHCon regularly sends out an e-newsletter to contacts - here's the latest from July 2014. I’m really enjoying the summer at the moment, are you? Before you wind down completely, have a think about forthcoming legislation & opportunities – all in the latest ESHCon e-newsletter.Follow me on Twitter for updates as well or please do get in touch for a chat. Anya Ledwith CEnv  Call 07952 987 772 or email info@eshcon.co.uk  Prepare for Changes Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations - ESOS New legislation requiring large companies to audit their energy usage has recently been introduced; ESOS affects up to 10,000 businesses in the UK.All large companies (>250 employees or turnover >€50 million) will have to complete an assessment of their energy consumption every four years. Energy audits must be done (or approved) by an approved Lead ESOS Assessor, producing a list of “cost-effective efficiency measures”, and signed off by the Board. The first audit must be completed & reported to Env Agency by December 2015.The...
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Race for Life

Race for Life

Race for Life Well that was tough!   Today, I ran the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research. This was a good challenge for me, not only to raise money but also complete the distance, after getting back into running (well, jogging) again only recently.   Why was this important to do? We all know someone who's lost the battle with cancer. But more importantly we all know someone who will WIN THAT BATTLE! Cancer Research's work is so vital to increase those wins. I ran the Race for Life in memory of my dad Brian Ledwith. He hated being defined by the cancer and outlived his prognosis by 10 years! I’d be very grateful if you could dig deep and sponsor me online - it's quick, easy and totally secure. Events like Race for Life are vital in funding Cancer Research UK's life-saving work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. By sponsoring me, we can unite and create a force that cancer can't ignore. If you're a UK...
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June Newsletter

The latest ESHCon E-Newsletter (June 2014) is now available. ESHCon – commercial benefit through environmental management. Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. It's (currently) a beautiful day outside and I've been enjoying running down on Brighton seafront this week. What better time of the year than this to think about putting the environment into your business? So, here is the latest ESHCon e-newsletter with news & opportunities. Follow me on Twitter for updates or please do get in touch for a chat. Anya Ledwith CEnv  Call 07952 987 772 or email info@eshcon.co.uk  Environmental Training – See the Benefits Did you know environmental training adds value to you personally & your organisation? Business benefits – efficiencies, cost savings, legal compliance and win business. Personal benefits – increased knowledge & skills, be an effective part of your organisation, further your career, extra responsibilities could bring more pay. ESHCon’s next training course is on Wed 2nd July with the University of Brighton. The introductory course covers...
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