Green GB Week – Day 2 (16 October 2018)


Today (16 October 2018) is Day 2 of the first Green GB Week marking the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008.

Green GB Week is an opportunity to bring the whole country together to celebrate UK leadership and look forward to the next ten years, where we can seize the opportunities of clean growth.

It has been conceived as a series of week-long events and activity bringing together businesses, schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and charities to explore how clean growth will change our futures and others can contribute to action on climate change.

The intention is for Green GB Week to promote the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.

Day 2 (16 October 2018) looks at the deployment of technologies of the future & how these can drive clean growth for the country through innovation ensuring that the economy can grow while reducing greenhouse gas emissions leading to a low carbon economy.

Innovation will be important in drive towards this Clean Growth & Low Carbon future.

Here are two facts about the UK leadership on innovation in climate change:

  1. Electric vehicle (EV) battery pack costs have fallen by 70% since 2010 through pioneering work in UK Universities, Businesses and collaboration with international companies.
  2. A London School of Economics study: Climate change policy, innovation and growth showed that public policies are a crucial driver for the adoption of low-carbon technologies. The UK’s contribution to the Climate Change Act and Paris Agreement are important as well as new frameworks, such as the proposed Environment Act in a post-Brexit UK.

Take time to visit the Green GB Week website & consider how you can contribute the week’s activities and beyond.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review the content of the Green GB website in the context of your views on the UK’s technology leadership role & opportunities for clean growth promoted through innovation.
  2. Consider any activities, such as social media, that can spread the message of a celebration of technology and innovation leadership on climate action & explaining the latest science on climate – Leave a comment in this post .
  3. Consider the theme for Day 3 (17 October 2018) covering financing the low carbon economy.
#GreenGB #Cleangrowth or #cleanuk @beisgovuk
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Green GB Week – Day 1 (15 October 2018)


Today (15 October 2018) is Day 1 of the start of the first Green GB Week marking the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act 2008.

Green GB Week is an opportunity to bring the whole country together to celebrate UK leadership and look forward to the next ten years, where we can seize the opportunities of clean growth.

It has been conceived as a series of week-long events and activity bringing together businesses, schools, colleges, universities, community groups, and charities to explore how clean growth will change our futures and others can contribute to action on climate change.

The intention is for Green GB Week to promote the scale of the opportunities to reduce emissions, grow the low carbon economy and create a better environment.

Day 1 (15 October 2018) looks at the role for the UK in leading the world through a celebration of the UK’s leadership on climate action & explaining the latest science on climate change.

Here are three facts about the UK leadership on climate change:

  1. The UK has been pioneering in the development of its Climate Change Act, which was the first piece of legislation in the world to introduce legally binding emissions targets.
  2. With the UK demonstrating clear leadership in reducing its domestic emissions by 22% 2010-2016.
  3. The UK shared its leadership with other nations in contributing to the Paris Agreement

It is important to take time to think of the ways that, each of us, contribute a leadership role within our own organisations or with others in the delivery of our own work.

I reflect on the advice and guidance that I develop to support my clients, which may be on specific energy or carbon reduction management through my role as an ESOS Lead Assessor, or strategic contributions at an International level on Greenhouse Gas verification.

Take time to visit the Green GB Week website & consider how you can contribute the week’s activities and beyond.

Take time to visit the Green GB Week website & consider how you can contribute the week’s activities and beyond.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review the content of the Green GB website in the context of your views on the UK’s leadership role & your organisations contribution to environmental management and sustainability.
  2. Consider any activities, such as social media, that can spread the message of a celebration of UK leadership on climate action & explaining the latest science on climate – Leave a comment in this post .
  3. Consider the theme for Day 2 (16 October 2018) covering Technologies of the future: clean growth and innovation.
#GreenGB #Cleangrowth or #cleanuk @beisgovuk
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ESOS Newsletter (October 2018)


As a continuing commitment of the United Kingdom’s Environment Agencies to keep ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) stakeholders informed of the regulatory and procedural process, they have published their second newsletter for 2018.

The Newsletter published jointly by the Environment Agencies for the UK, namely, the Environment Agency (England), Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, covers four current topical issues:

Phase 1 Civil Penalties Published
The first Civil Penalties for ESOS Phase 1 non-compliance have, now, been published totalling £ 157,770 (as at 11 October 2018) & these can be viewed online here.

Further penalties will be added to the above publication as the Environment Agencies enforcement cases progress.

Link to Latest Compliance Data
The current published data (as of 31 May 2018) provides evidence of 647 further submissions out of a total of 7,115 organisations. The dataset can be downloaded as a zip file found here.

Research on Energy Audits & Reporting including ESOS
BEIS has commissioned an external contractor (Ipsos Mori) to research on the effectiveness of energy audits and energy reporting in driving energy efficiency savings in organisations.

The second stage of this work is now starting to evaluate the impact of the first phase of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), following on from the interim ESOS evaluation published earlier in October 2017.

The findings will feed into discussions on future energy efficiency policy, so your input is an opportunity to help shape the decisions that affect UK businesses.

If you are contacted, please consider taking part and contributing to this valuable research project.

Phase 2 Qualification and Compliance
The Environment Agencies encourage any Participants that expect to qualify for Phase 2 to undertake their Energy Audit Program at the earliest opportunity, if they wish to take full advantage of the time provided by the Regulations.

A helpful table is provided to clarify ESOS compliance activities that can be up to the Compliance Date (31 December 2018) and those activities that can, only, take place after that date.

Their helpful table is provided below:

If you are looking for a guide through the complexities of the ESOS compliance obligations & to undertake your ESOS Assessment including the Energy Audit, I have considerable experience as a qualified IEMA ESOS Lead Energy Assessor & welcome your early contact.

In the meantime, a copy of the second 2018 ESOS Newsletter can be downloaded here

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review the content of the ESOS Newsletter (October 2018) in the context of your compliance obligation for the ESOS Regulations.
  2. Consider the timing of your energy audit within the Phase 2 period: (31 December 2015 – 31 December 2019.
  3. Move forward with the preparation of your energy data for the energy audit and assessment to meet the Compliance Deadline (31 December 2019) in conjunction with your ESOS Energy Assessor.
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UPDATE: Classifying Waste Wood


Classifying Waste Wood

As a follow-up to an earlier post (Classifying Waste Wood), the Environment Agency for England has re-issued their Regulatory Position Statement (RPS 207) with an extension of the time expiry until 30 September 2019.

The RPS applies to businesses who:

  • produce waste wood
  • transport waste wood
  • keep waste wood
  • process waste wood
  • control waste wood – if you are a dealer or broker
  • use waste wood
  • dispose of waste wood

It allows treated or mixed waste wood (including chipped waste wood and wood fines), which could be classified as hazardous or non-hazardous and has not been assessed and classified in line with the Technical Guidance WM3: Waste Classification – Guidance on the classification and assessment of waste, to continue to be classified as non-hazardous.

Under this RPS,  the term “treated waste wood” is any waste wood, processed wood or wood fuel that contains, in any quantity, wood that’s been preserved, varnished, coated, painted or exposed to chemicals.

As with all Environment Agency RPS, if you follow its conditions, you do not need to apply for a hazardous waste classification for treated or mixed waste wood. However, if you cannot comply with its conditions then you must apply for a hazardous waste classification for treated or mixed waste wood. See the Environment Agency’s guidance on how to Classify different types of waste.

RPS 207 Conditions
The waste wood must be destined for:

  • an Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Chapter IV compliant permitted incinerator or co-incinerator
  • the manufacture of board

This includes the waste wood you are storing or pre-treating for these purposes.

If you are going to use treated or mixed waste wood for any other purpose, you must do both of the following:

You must not assign a waste classification to the outputs from wood processing, or move it or send it anywhere unless you have done both of the above activities

Waste Transfer Note
The Waste Transfer Note must include your description of the waste wood as “unassessed waste wood, including treated wood, for IED Chapter IV compliant incineration or co-incineration or board manufacture only”.

Consignment Note
As this RPS does not apply to waste wood that is known and is classified as hazardous, such as:

  • railway sleepers
  • telegraph poles
  • wood treated with creosote

Any waste movement of the above hazardous waste wood (or unsegregated wood containing the above hazardous wastes) must be moved as “hazardous waste” using a consignment note.

Time Expiry of RPS
RPS 207 is time-limited and is proposed to be withdrawn on 1 October 2019 to allow the waste wood industry time to:

  • deliver a code of practice which meets the legal requirements to assess and classify waste wood as approved by the Environment Agency
  • implement compliance with that code of practice

After 1 October 2019, all unassessed waste wood must be classified as hazardous including any waste wood that has entered the waste management system and/or has been stockpiled under this RPS.

A copy of the Environment Agency’s Regulatory Position Statement 207 is freely available here

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review your current activities to understand whether the Environment Agency’s RPS 207 applies to your organisation and activities as a compliance obligation.
  2. If RPS 207 applies to your activities follow the conditions of the RPS.
  3. Check back for any revised guidance with the Environment Agency in 30 September 2019
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ISO 50001:2018 Transition


As reported in earlier posts (ISO 50001:2018 for Energy Management Systems publishedUKAS Technical Bulletin – Imminent Publication of ISO 50001: 2018 published), ISO 5001:2018 has been published (21 August 2018).

What are the implications on organisations holding existing ISO 50001:2011 accredited-certificates?

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) made a Resolution 2017-14 earlier in 2017 entitled “Transitional Arrangements for the revision of ISO 50001:2011, which stated:

“The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of the Technical Committee, resolved that the Transitional Arrangement for the Revision of ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use, be three years from the date of publication (21 August 2018) of the revised standard.

All ISO 50001:2011 certifications shall expire or be withdrawn at the end of the transition period (21 August 2021).

Within this transition timeline:

  1. Accreditation Bodies (ABs) shall be ready to carry out transition assessments for ISO 50001:2018 within 6 months (21 February 2019) from the date of publication of the revised standard.
  2. Conformity Assessment Bodies – Certification Bodies (CABs) shall complete the transition with ABs for ISO 50001:2018 within 18 months (21 February 2020) from the date of publication of the revised standard.
  3. CABs shall cease conducting audits, including initial, surveillance and recertification to the ISO 50001:2011 18 months (21 February 2020) from the date of publication of the revised standard. The outcomes of such audits to the revision of ISO 50001:2011 shall be considered by the CAB for further decision on accredited certifications to ISO 50001:2011 as deemed appropriate”.

As with other transitions, such as ISO 14001:2015 & ISO 9001:2015, transition at the earliest stage is encouraged as there are benefits to your organisation to promote your early transition within your supply chain and to customers. Additionally, there can be availability problems for Certification Bodies and their Auditors to meet transition audits close to the transition deadline (21 August 2021).

ACTION POINTS

  1. Review your status for transition to ISO 50001:2018 with your certification body.
  2. Prepare your revised Energy Management System and documentation in-line with the transition between 21 February 2019 – or earlier & 21 August 2021).
  3. Make your transition and gain the benefits of energy performance.
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Beat Plastic Pollution: Three Months on


 

Beat Plastic PollutionThis article looks at my personal progress made over the past month since World Environment Day 2018 (5 June 2018), which had the theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

Since my public postings of video and written articles, I have maintained my pledge to:

  1. Reduce the plastic content of my shopping
    Whilst some of our shopping is at the larger supermarkets with some plastic waste being generated.We have continued to shop at our local shops, particularly at the green grocer which offers wicker baskets to carry my shopping and paper bags to take the shopping home.You will note the plastic film around our lettuce from the same shop, so going plastic-less is far from perfect.Shopping with a Wicker Basket
  2. Reduce disposable water bottle waste
    I have brought a re-usable water bottle for my journeys away from the home. The good thing about this bottle is the centre column can be frozen to keep the drink cool during even the hottest of Summers.However, I have found it difficult to find refill stations. The majority exist in Central London at the mainline stations and airports but this can cause a problem getting a refill away from these locations.It has to be said that I have brought two non-reusable bottles of water over the past three months as no refill options were available. That said, I have ensured that the bottles are recycled & recognised that more refill options should be available.Reusable Water Bottle
  3. Reduce the use of disposable take-away cups
    During the past month, I have not used the take-away option at any Coffee Shop & instead have preferred to relax and enjoy my drink.The photograph, below, is an illustration of the options that you have available:

    China cup + Drink inside the coffee shop = Relaxation and a Sustainable option
    Disposable Cup + Drinking outside = Stress and an environmental impactChoose China Cups over Disposable Cups

After reading this article, please catch-up on my nine-part series of videos on my YouTube Channel, which can be accessed here covering my “love/hate” addiction to the use of plastic in my personal and business life together with suggestions on how you can go “Plastic-less”.

My nine video series covered the following topics:

Plastic-less Video 1: A Personal Confession & Exploration

Plastic-less Video 2: A Tale of Two Shopping Bags

Plastic-less Video 3: Waste Weighing and Audit

Plastic-less Video 4: A Hot Chocolate Moment

Plastic-less Video 5: The Office

Plastic-less Video 6: National Fish and Chip Day 2018

Plastic-less Video 7: A Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Plastic-less Video 8: A Night at a Hotel

Plastic-less Video 9: A Celebration

Don’t forget to comment on how your plastic-less pledge is going & leave any feedback on this article.

ACTION POINTS

  1. Take the time to watch each of the videos in my series on going Plastic-less
  2. Make notes on the issues raised and the suggestions at the end of each video on how to go Plastic-less
  3. Take the pledge to go Plastic-less and share your progress.
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