Businesses not confident ESOS will provide sufficient savings

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A new survey has revealed that almost half of the businesses covered by the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) expect the scheme to cost them more than they will save on energy bills. The survey of 205 companies, conducted by energy, carbon and water consultancy firm, Utilitywise, found that only 49% of businesses expected the cost of compliance to outweigh potential sa...

ISO 14001:2015 set for September release

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Following a five-day meeting in London last week, the working group revising the international environment management systems standard, ISO 14001, has finalised the technical requirements of the new standard. After a final edit and translation, a ballot of ISO members will be conducted in July and August, with the new ISO 14001:2015 standard set for publication –as predicted – in Septembe...

Five things I have learnt about making sustainability training work

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International Workplace Associate, Peter Watts, MSc. MIEMA, works as a trainer and a consultant, and in his most recent blog, talks about his love for the training aspect of his role. Of all the satisfying work I undertake working in sustainability, I find training one of the most enjoyable. You know that people who you are training are almost always going to be using the knowledge gaine...

The cost of waste crime

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The cost of waste crime to the UK economy is reported to be in the order of £568m a year according to a recent Environment Services Association report (Waste Crime: Tackling Britain’s Dirty Secret, 2014). Some of this cost is being borne by landowners required to clean up waste illegally deposited by their tenants. In response, Defra is consulting on proposed enhanced enforcement powers a...