Agenda What is the SEBCH? What is Steps To Environmental Management (STEM)? What is an Environmental Management System? Achieving Blue Level 1.Management Commitment 2.Baseline Assessment 3.Significant Environmental Impacts 4.Draft Environmental Policy 5.Data Collection Summary Application process What you need to do next? Coming up on SEBCH
What is the SEBCH? Online community of businesses in SE taking action against climate change Membership benefits: –Free access to interactive website: –Carbon footprint –Reduce costs by cutting carbon –Network with like-minded businesses –Information on relevant environmental issues –Access to team of sustainability experts –Sustainable Travel Service –STEM –Environmental review –Webinars –Monthly e-newsletter, and much more…
What is STEM? Step-by-step guide to implementing an environmental management system –Blue, Silver, Gold Introduction to environmental management Support from Sustainable Business Advisors FREE accreditation scheme to SEBCH members
What is an EMS? The way you manage your environmental impacts For example: what do you do with your waste? Do you watch how much electricity you use? Continual improvement Environmental Policy Planning Implementation and operation Checking and corrective action Management review
EMS standards Aligns with 9001 Internationally recognised ISO 14001 Recognised across Europe EMAS Carbon Trust Standard National standard Achieved through IEMA Acorn scheme Takes you through 6 stages (7 th -> ISO 14001) BS8555 South East businesses only ~ equivalent to stage 3 of BS8555 Free, support from SEBCH team STEM - Real carbon reduction
7 Why are you here today? Tenders/bids and PQQs require it Be more environmentally friendly Improve reputation Minimise environmental liabilities Maximise resource efficiencies / cut costs Reduce waste Customers are asking about it Learn more about environmental management Other
8 Getting started on STEM Download STEM assessment form. Links to documents and resources required. Timeline >2+ weeks Send form and attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Significant Environmental Impacts & Aspects Register Aspects: business activities Impacts: Environmental effects Are they severe? Are the likely? Are they significant? Register
17 3. Significant Environmental Impacts Identify environmental impacts Aspect: The cause Element of an organisation’s activities, products or services that can interact with the environment. For example, discharge of trade effluent into sewers/rivers ultimately… Impact: The effect Any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, resulting form an organisation’s activities, products or services. In the example opposite the impact of trade effluent into sewers are: harmful to health of sewer workers, water pollution polluted river, effecting the wildlife and plants.
3. Your aspects and impacts Manufacturing RetailFood Business Consultancy Print Design Architects Cleaning Signage Secretarial Construction Interior Design Waste Security Env. Services
3. Example Type of companyAspects (activities)Impacts (their effects) PrintingUse of inks and chemical processes VOCs into the atmosphere, health issues for staff ManufacturingUse of energy intensive machinery Use of fossil fuels, release of co2 into the atmosphere Business consultancyBusiness travel to meetings Use of fossil fuels, release of co2 into the atmosphere
22 4. Draft Environmental Policy Upload your Draft Environmental Policy Key features of a policy: Covers the main environmental issues of the business Commitment to continuous improvement Commitment to preventing pollution Commitment to comply with legislation Makes clear commitments Is clearly written and concise Up-to-date Senior management commitment Look at others Draft only…it will develop as you learn more about your business’s interaction with the environment.
Structure of an Environmental Policy document Environmental policy for [your Business Name] 1.Executive policy Statement 2.Environmental objectives 3.Targets 4.Responsibilities 5.Policy review 6.Communication 7.Management commitment to policy and date
5. Data collection STEM uses CARBON FOOTPRINT as measure of environmental performance Carbon footprint is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent
5. Data Collection Emission-releasing activitySource of information ElectricityTotal kilowatt hours from electricity bills OR meter readings Natural gasTotal kilowatt hours from gas bills OR meter readings WaterTotal water in cubic meters (m3) from water bill Business travelLitres of fuel purchased from invoices and receipts OR vehicle mileage from vehicle log books/odometers Commuter travelStaff travel survey Waste/recyclingAmount of bags/skips/tonnes of waste or recycling collected from waste collection provider
5. Data collection You can collect this data in the following ways: –Collate all your bills –Use Data Collection Workbook - bit.ly/h1zBQZ bit.ly/h1zBQZ –Request an Environmental Review –Conduct employee surveys for commuter travel
29 Application process Fill in assessment form and attachments Contact us if you need any assistance along the way Email your application to email@example.com (include attachments) firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you need to do now? SEBCH memberNon-member Download Assessment Form from SEBCH website Register for SEBCH: email email@example.com
32 Next levels… Carbon Footprint Reduce Roles and Responsibilities Communication and Training Legal Requirements Review Monitor and Measure Reduce Targets Climate Change Environmental Policy Carbon Footprint Report Check and Review Future Action Plan
33 Coming up… E-newsletter in February Next webinar: 22 nd February 2011: Making carbon management simple LinkedIn group
34 We are here to help… Carbon.firstname.lastname@example.org Carbon.email@example.com 01622 696950 https://southeastbusiness.carbon-hub.com/ https://southeastbusiness.carbon-hub.com/