Business and the Environment

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Nov 20, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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Business and the Environment

Ewan Boyd

Teesdale
Environmental
Consultants

Objectives


Background to climate change and relationship
to business


Motivating business to ‘Act on CO2’


Strategies for action and overview of small
scale renewables


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in other words


the ‘What, Why and How’

Are You Aware?……..


Please answer the quiz questions


there will
be prizes!

The Climate Change Message


Atmospheric CO
2

and it’s impacts known for
centuries


CO
2

rapidly rising


Attempts to reduce the increase underway for
decades


Global climate change having real impacts
today

Motivating business to act on CO
2


Traditionally many businesses don’t see
energy costs as important


Role of business advisors may be to persuade
action on energy conservation


Energy effects every part of a business


Motivating business to act on CO
2


Simple actions can yield financial returns


Environmental awareness often popular with
staff


Grab their attention


point out wasteful
practices


What motivates a business?


Reducing costs


the 20:5 ratio


Improving sales


marketing a ‘green image’


Corporate Social Responsibility


What motivates an individual?


Delivering energy efficiency requires individual
staff to get involved


Need to motivate business owners/staff by
more than just profit


Carbon or £?


Opportunity to link positive benefits at work and
at home



Persuading a business to act


Most individuals are happy to see action on
greenhouse gas emissions


The business can benefit directly from
immediate cost reductions


Longer term strategic benefits can also accrue


But


efficiency needs to be a long term
commitment, so needs an adequate
management system to be successful


Summary so far


Climate Change is an ethical issue for
everyone, and a cost issue to business


Different types of motivation are needed to
persuade business to act


All staff must be involved, not alienated


Long term management approach required


Initiating an energy strategy


Systematic approach


The 3 M’s, targets and benchmarking


Recording energy use


Resources


Responsibility


Energy Champions







The Three M’s


Measure


Monitor


Manage


Measure


Initial audit required


what energy is being
used, what are the costs etc.


Audit should cover all aspects of building,
operations, equipment and staff


Audit process can be used to introduce energy
campaign


Audit should identify areas of waste and no
cost, low cost and higher cost measures



Monitor


Not ‘once only’ exercise


Need for detailed data over time


Should be done alongside other regular
business management tasks


Depending on business type and scale
monitoring could be on daily, weekly or
monthly basis

Manage


Fixed & variable costs


are utility bills fixed?


Need to budget


3 M’s help you to understand why your
business spends money



Benchmarking


the next step


Comparing performance is important


Establish targets to aim for


Can relate performance to

-
Past record

-
Output

-
Others within your sector

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External factors (eg weather)


Recording Energy Use


Data must be in comparable units


not based
on cost


Energy measured in kilowatt hours


kWhs


Simple spreadsheet can be very effective


Results should be publicised as motivator

Resources


Business must have commitment if energy
strategy to succeed


Must allow adequate resources (including staff
time)


Should include a clear and well communicated
strategy and policy


Regular reporting system can help drive
commitment


A role for incentives




Responsibilities


Requires senior/board level involvement


Energy policy must have ownership


All staff need to be involved, but leaders need
to be identified and given responsibility


‘Energy Champions’


Points to remember


Energy strategy must be lead by senior
management but owned by everyone


Use imagination to enthuse staff


‘No cost’ measures can save 10% energy
costs


Beware the ‘easy action/difficult outcome’
paradox

Green Run and the Energy Walk
Round


The ‘Green Run’


a simple idea to make
energy saving actions routine


The Energy Walk Round


part of the regular
monitoring regime