Overview – What you need to know
The 2008 Climate Change act established the world’s first legally binding climate change target. The UK has a target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
All business of all sizes will need to play their part. Large businesses are already doing so on a mandatory basis, and this legislation will feed through to the SME sector over the coming years. Starting with Maximum demand profiled businesses.
It is for this reason, and for other intelligent benefits, that in surveys around 78% of companies said they were integrating climate change into their business strategies. And that they consider energy as a greater risk to them than Health & Safety, Credit and security.
Most companies are targeting to reduce their emissions by 25% by 2020, however, most are struggling to get there. The reasons being:
|Perceived cost and damage to their business interests in taking the next step.|
|Not knowing what to do.|
|“No point in doing much as it wouldn’t make any difference”.|
The facts are:
|None of these obstacles are insurmountable|
|A small act, such as moving onto green energy supply, can make a big difference|
|The perceived costs are minimal; some options have no capital outlay.|
|Carbon emission reduction offers real business opportunities.|
|The plan, strategy and programme can be phased over a number of years.|
|It will increase your profitability and help you forge new business relationships.|
Measuring and reporting carbon emissions (footprint).
Setting Targets for reducing carbon emissions (in scope and phase 1,2 & 3 for example).
Minimising emissions by implementing and improving operational efficiencies
Investing in identified technologies suited to your business.
Working with your outsource team (consultant) and suppliers to understand the opportunities to improve your supply chain footprint.
Sharing your new found knowledge of carbon management and reporting, alongside operational experiences to your existing and new client base and/or professional network. Providing and enhancing new and existing relationships.
Encouraging and helping your people to reduce emissions they generate in their individual working pattern.
Buying energy from renewable sources whenever practicable.
Offsetting phased 1,2 & 3 carbon emissions by buying carbon credits certified under the voluntary carbon standard (VCS).
Using DEFRA guidelines to calculate your carbon emissions.
Partake in the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) and possibly volunteer in the CDP.
Most companies recognise that the environmental impacts of their business represent both a risk and opportunity.
For example, your clients will be expecting you to actively manage your emissions and your reputation can be influenced by your approach to being a responsible business.
So here you have an opportunity to strengthen your brand as a sustainability leader, a differential to your competitors (or aligning you to your strongest competitor). It will also enable you to engage with your staff and sub-consciously increase their view as a sound place to work.
On the other hand a full carbon cutting exercise has initial costs with a return spread over a period of time (basis risk). And climate change could have potential risk to your business operations and the dynamics of the global economy as we know it today.
The key secret to success of any carbon programme is a robust carbon management plan and engagement of an experienced specialist who will assist you to define and process through this plan.
This will provide you with clarity of direction and a set of projects defined to meet your commercial targets (Social and Economic advantage), ensure compliance and employee engagement.
A specialist should initiate workshops, conduct review and change management of solutions.
At EMW we will engage our accredited carbon management partners on a joined up project basis should you wish to pursue a carbon management strategy. Working hard together in order to maximise the opportunity for you and minimise the risks
Suffice to say that we will attend the initial free consultation and subsequent meetings with you together
We do not want to position ourselves or act as a jack of all trades, master of none business. We do not think this is fair or the right approach for our customers. We are energy experts in our core subject areas however Carbon Management is an entirely separate entity in itself. It requires expert full-time project focus to deliver the optimal results for you. We believe that teaming up with trusted and accredited specialists is a much more effective approach.
Therefore in order to help us solve the complexities of carbon management and sustainability services to our clients, we have developed important relationships with leading firms in the UK on a localised and national basis. These firms have been carefully selected, accredited and are proven in their fields. We come together in order to deliver solutions and complete large projects to the highest professional standards for our clients. The energy industry has changed significantly over the last few years. There are a lot of environmental challenges, risks and opportunities for businesses. Our partners in this area are invaluable in helping us to execute the project to your full requirements, and within the highest possible standards end to end.
The specialist services our carbon management and sustainability team cover are:
|Feed In Tariff|
|Renewable Heat Incentive|
|Renewable Energy & Heating Technologies|
|Liquid Biofuel, Wind Turbines, Solar, Biomass, Heat Pump Systems, Anaerobic Design, Combined Heat & Power|
|Training (Workshops, Seminars & Presentations)|
|Energy conservation, efficiency & trends|
|UK Housing and Carbon Dioxide Emissions|
|Carbon Reduction Commitment Legislation|
Advice for Constructors
Construction and Renovation
Green Build / Passive House Design
Architecture for the Future
Sustainable Building for the Future
Architectural Design: Passive Heating & Cooling
Construction and Materials
Minimising Housing Environmental Impact