Environmental issues are having a real impact on shareholder value through Government legislation, regulation and encouragement, consumer demand and NGO pressure. "In today's climate, a business that ignores environmental issues does so at its peril...Effective environmental management can help you cut costs, improve public image and boost company morale."
Energy - The UK Government has made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide and methane by 12.5% by 2010. An energy tax was introduced in April 2001 - the 'Climate Change Levy', which increased energy prices by 11-19%. Sectors applying Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control qualify for an 80% discount on the levy. There is a strong business case for realising substantial financial and environmental benefits by managing energy use more efficiently. Savings of 15-50% can be made.
- Allocate responsibility for environmental issues to a senior member of staff.
- Larger businesses should implement an environmental management system complying with ISO 14001. Management systems can integrate a range of social and ethical issues for which there are national and international standards: quality, environment, health and safety, investing in people.
- Report environmental performance by communicating regularly with stakeholders.
Water efficiency and money saving measures include:
- Low and dual flush toilets and cistern dams.
- Spray taps.
- Urinal controls and waterless urinals.
- Supply restrictor valves.
- Collecting rainwater for external watering e.g. cleaning vehicles.
Energy saving measures include:
- Reducing heat loss from buildings.
- Use of solar technology.
- Low energy lighting.
- Purchasing 'sustainable energy' (see Thameswey below).
Green transport policies can include:
- Rewarding those who arrive at work without a car with payments; giving higher or equal mileage allowances to those who use cycles or public transport for business journeys.
- Providing showers, changing rooms, lockers and cycle sheds if possible.
- Encouraging car sharing - support car partnerships through your intranet.
- Opt-out system for company cars - no financial penalty if employee does not take one.
Waste and recycling:
- Develop an effective recycling policy .
- Purchase more environmentally friendly office products. The Working from Home section contains advice on greener office products and processes.
- Plant more tree cover.
- Increase general wildlife potential through habitat design - seek advice from English Nature or Surrey Wildlife Trust.
- The CBI Environmental Management Handbook. Challenges for Business. A useful publication for businesses looking to implement environmental management. Hillary, Ruth (ed.) 2001. Earthscan, London (in Woking Library).
- The Energy Saving Trust can provide free advice to businesses and also publishes a range of free energy efficiency best practice documents.
- The Environment Agency (EA) is responsible for minimising pollution of water, air and land. Its NetRegs website highlights key environmental legislation while its Water Wise programme (accessible via the main EA site) provides information on saving water and money.
- The Environment and Energy Helpline is a free business service.
Tel 0800 585794
- Businesses can get advice on environmental good practice from the Government Office for the South East (GOSE)
Sustainable Development Team
Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4GA
Tel 01483 882255
- A comprehensive list of private companies offering recycling services for businesses can be found in Surrey County Council's 'The Surrey Waste Wise Business Manual'.
Tel 0845 6 009 009
Local Paper For Surrey.
Local Paper for Surrey is a free advice and information service helping Surrey businesses become more environmentally friendly. If you'd like advice on starting paper recycling in your office, or buying recycled copier paper, contact them on 020 8404 4886, email email@example.com visit Local Paper Online.
Green-Works is a not-for-profit social enterprise that bridges the gap between organisations that have redundant office equipment and schools, charities, community groups and start-up businesses that need it. Up until now large quantities of second hand and used office furniture have been inaccessible to the third sector. Greenworks are interested in hearing from organisations that would like to donate unwanted furniture and equipment, and from organisations interested in buying it for reuse.
2nd Floor, Downstream, 1 London Bridge, London, SE1 9BG
Tel 0845 230 2 231
- Thameswey Energy Ltd.
Thameswey Energy Ltd is a public/private joint venture generating, distributing and supplying green energy from combined heat and power/renewable energy systems.
If you own or operate a large building and are interested in connecting to the Woking town centre, Woking Park and other Thameswey local sustainable community energy systems contact Thameswey Energy Ltd.
Tel 01483 743490
- For information on ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) visit http://www.iso.ch