Environmental Management

Your environmental impact is important to your customers, your shareholder, and the media,
so shouldn’t it be important to you, too?

How we help you with Environmental Management

Waste Management Heirarchy

With years of experience, we can take your business through the five stages of environmental management efficiently and effectively. Together, we’ll ensure compliance, cut costs, and boost profits.

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    Often, the most impactful way to manage your business's environmental impact is to create less waste to begin with. This might involve redesigning your products or processes. That can seem like a lot of effort, but it's highly desirable for one simple reason; dealing with waste is expensive. Any waste you don't create is a cost saving. It's also best for the environment when done properly. This requires analysing the "cradle-to-grave" delivery and determining where efficiency can be improved.

    Often, the most impactful way to manage your business’s environmental impact is to create less waste to begin with. This might involve redesigning your products or processes. That can seem like a lot of effort, but it’s highly desirable for one simple reason; dealing with waste is expensive. Any waste you don’t create is a cost saving. It’s also best for the environment when done properly. This requires analysing the “cradle-to-grave” delivery and determining where efficiency can be improved.

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    Typical examples of reusable items are things like milk bottles or transport containers. Reusing is preferable to recycling. When an item is recycled, it's broken down and remade, and this has a cost in resources and energy. Reusable items are a one-time cost to produce. They should represent an ongoing saving, both for the business and the environment. Reusability can present a challenge for some businesses as it can have a higher upfront cost. We work with our clients to find cost-effective practical ways to introduce reusability.

    Typical examples of reusable items are things like milk bottles or transport containers. Reusing is preferable to recycling. When an item is recycled, it’s broken down and remade, and this has a cost in resources and energy. Reusable items are a one-time cost to produce. They should represent an ongoing saving, both for the business and the environment. Reusability can present a challenge for some businesses as it can have a higher upfront cost. We work with our clients to find cost-effective practical ways to introduce reusability.

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    Although not as desirable as reducing or reusing, recycling is still important and has the advantage of being simpler. Most businesses (and most households) have someone else take care of their recycling needs. The difference for a business is that you will have to directly pay someone to do that. This is usually based on the amount of recycling you generate. Although there are other factors, that cost is what makes recycling less desirable for your business than reducing and reusing, both of which represent cost saving opportunities.

    Although not as desirable as reducing or reusing, recycling is still important and has the advantage of being simpler. Most businesses (and most households) have someone else take care of their recycling needs. The difference for a business is that you will have to directly pay someone to do that. This is usually based on the amount of recycling you generate. Although there are other factors, that cost is what makes recycling less desirable for your business than reducing and reusing, both of which represent cost saving opportunities.

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    By this stage of environmental management, the initial waste generated has been minimised, as much as possible, then reused or recycled. Some of what’s left can be used to create other valuable products. This can provide an additional revenue stream for the business and in some cases any entirely new product or service. We accomplish this by analysing the waste your business is producing and providing opportunities for that waste.

    By this stage of environmental management, the initial waste generated has been minimised, as much as possible, then reused or recycled. Some of what’s left can be used to create other valuable products. This can provide an additional revenue stream for the business and in some cases any entirely new product or service. We accomplish this by analysing the waste your business is producing and providing opportunities for that waste.

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    Similar to recycling, a business will likely pay by volume for waste to be taken to landfill. This among other reasons makes landfill the least desirable option. It is unavoidable to have no waste go to a landfill in most cases. That means the most important thing is to ensure it’s done with as efficiently and as little environmental impact as possible. Ideally, any landfill should operate their own processes to ensure one last effort is made to see if any waste can be used in an earlier stage of environmental management.

    Similar to recycling, a business will likely pay by volume for waste to be taken to landfill. This among other reasons makes landfill the least desirable option. It is unavoidable to have no waste go to a landfill in most cases. That means the most important thing is to ensure it’s done with as efficiently and as little environmental impact as possible. Ideally, any landfill should operate their own processes to ensure one last effort is made to see if any waste can be used in an earlier stage of environmental management.

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ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

It is becoming more and more important to demonstrate that organisations are thinking about their environmental impact and putting in place systems that will not only benefit the environment but will also reduce costs and improve efficiency within the organisation. A well implemented and integrated Environmental Management System should bring about the following:

      • Cost savings from managing waste, maximising recycling and reducing consumption.
      • Competitive advantage when tendering for business
      • Identification and management of environmental risks
      • Compliance with environmental regulations and legislation
      • Demonstrates the organisations commitment to improving the environment
      • Expresses your intent and show that you are a responsible future-focused organisation
      • Can bring in new capital and revenue from environmentally engaged investors and customers
      • Can increase employee engagement in the knowledge that they are working in an environmentally friendly organisation

A well-defined Environmental Management System (EMS) framework will provide your organisation with a systematic approach to compliance. In some countries, the regulatory authorities or government departments responsible for environmental schemes, will look more favourably on those who are certified to ISO14001.

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting

WHAT SHOULD BUSINESSES BE DOING?

There are a wide variety of environmental compliances that apply depending on what type of business you own. Whilst these are all important, Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) is the most important. It isn’t set targets, but a framework which allows each business to work to its own goals to reduce environmental impact.

Business with more than 250 employees, over £36m in turnover, or a balance sheet exceeding £18m need to comply.

Whist this is essential for large businesses, SECR also offers a great opportunity for smaller businesses too. A data-driven approach to your environmental impact can lead to reduced costs, increased efficiency and even boost sales.

Free Analysis and Road Map

Some of the improvements that
can be made in your business won’t be obvious.

– It may be a simple as wasted energy adding 25% to your bill.
– It may be as complex as inefficient processes holding productivity back.

Whatever improvements are available, they’ll be unique to your business. We’ll help you find and take advantage them.
Get in touch below for a free analysis and roadmap.

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