In today’s very challenging climate it is important for all of us including businesses to demonstrate good environmental best practice.
With around 5.4 million private sector businesses being recorded across the UK at the start of 2015 (not including public and third sectors businesses), it’s increasingly important for us to embrace our environmental principles and ensure we minimise our impact on the environment. Only by doing this can all businesses make a difference in reducing waste, our emissions and improving our overall environment.
I recently worked with the North East Business Innovation Centre (BIC) in Sunderland who are really embracing their responsibilities, minimising their impact, as well as being profitable within the environment they work in. The BIC has over 100kW of Solar Panels across 7 of their buildings, and are installing a 9kW Solar Tracker feeding electricity to one of the main centre buildings.
As the Principle Project Manager for the Solar Tracker project I worked with them on this installation which enabled the BIC to reduce their emissions through the use of renewable energy rather than fossil fuels as well as make essential savings in energy bills.
David Howell, Director of Operations at the BIC said “Here at the BIC we are passionate about ensuring that we improve our environmental performance and we are actively working to reduce our impact on the environment by improving our waste management, reducing our emissions and also creating a longer term sustainable company”
Sustainability and Sustainable Development
Defining “Sustainability” can also be a challenge for us all. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. When delivering or designing projects it’s important to ensure that 3 main areas of sustainability (see diagram) are considered as follows:
Is the project socially viable?
i.e. providing benefits for communities, e.g housing, community buildings, local areas.
Is the project environmentally beneficial?
i.e. through improvements to local area and reducing impact on the environment.
Is the project economically viable?
i.e. through financial savings, providing employment or generally making businesses more sustainable.
I work with many businesses to implement sustainable projects, and as a result they see the following benefits:
- Give back to the community through Corporate Social Responsibility projects
- Stronger economically by saving energy
- Financial savings
- Longer term sustainability
- Environmental awareness of responsibilities to minimise impact through reducing waste
- Reduced emissions and reliance on fossil fuels
- Compliance with environmental laws
The War on Waste and Fighting Waste Crime
As a business my particular focus is on Waste Management which is particularly important in minimising our impact on the environment. More often we hear about businesses being prosecuted or closed down for improper waste management. Very often there is an assumption that in business the responsibility of waste management lies with the waste collector rather than the producer of the waste i.e. the company. This is not the case and the law clearly states that it is the producer’s responsibility to ensure their waste is properly managed and disposed of.
As a business I am working hard to ensure that businesses across the North East are aware of the Environmental laws on waste, the fight against waste crime and also how to ensure they are managing their waste responsibly and legally, whilst also more importantly saving money.
Enviro UK Consultants Ltd is hosting an event “Is your Business Waste Smart” on Wednesday 10th August at the Ramside Hall Hotel. Speakers include the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and the North East Ambulance Service and this event will raise awareness of waste management issues and training and also share best practice examples of good waste management. To book on this event go here
For more details on Sustainability, Environmental Awareness and Waste Smart Waste Management contact Sharon Lashley, Director, Enviro UK Consultants Ltd. EM: Sharon@enviroukconsultants.co.uk