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? Anya Ledwith CEnv
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Anya Ledwith CEnv 
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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, processes and travel
  • Decide if you want to go down the ISO 50001 route or with energy audits.

It’s best to get moving now on this to help speed up the opportunities.More info on ESOS is here.

 

ISO 50001 in 12 months?
Is there time to implement an EnMS (Energy Management System) and get it certified to ISO 50001? Yes – especially if you already have a management system in place.

Your ISO 9001 Quality or ISO 14001 Environmental Management System will already have over half of the system requirements, e.g. policy, planning, audits and management review. You need to modify these and add the energy-specific elements. Including these new items into the existing management system will make it easier than starting from scratch.

See my blog about ISO 50001 in 12 months.

Environment

100 Top Tips
Want to start doing some actions to improve your environmental impact, but don’t know where to start? There are just so many things an organisation can do, but I’ve managed to reduce them down to just (!!) 100.ESHCon’s Top Tips helps you reduce impact, save money and improve efficiency. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do them all! Examples include:

  • 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
  • Publicise your Environmental Policy – put it on your website, promote it to staff and customers.

If you would like a copy of ESHCon’s 100 Top Tips, please email me.

 

What’s new with ISO 14001?
A new ISO 14001 is coming out next year – the key changes include:

  • A stronger emphasis on truly embedding sustainability & 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.

The new standard is due for release late 2015 and there will be a transition period of up to 3 years. How does your EMS fit the new standard’s requirements? Let me conduct an ISO 14001 Gap Analysis.

 

Eco Innovation Grants
SMEs in the South East can get grants of up to £3,000 to help the business improve.

Eco Innovation Grants can be for developing new products that have a low environmental impact or for new business processes that give a more efficient use of resources or materials. This includes putting in an EMS and can go towards the cost of a consultant.

Other News

It’s Awards Season
But the deadlines are approaching! Enter the awards now and shout about your achievements! Gatwick Diamond Business Awards (5th Dec) and the national Env & Energy Awards (28th Nov).

 

300k ISO 14001
There are now more than 301,000 ISO 14001 certificates issued across the world, up by over 17,000 this year.

 

Sustainable Food Plan Consultation
The W Sussex Climate Change Board is producing a Sustainable Food Plan to help reduce the county’s food-related carbon and ecological footprint. Can you help?  Tell us your thoughts & ideas. Consultation closes 15th December.

 

 

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