ISO 14064-1:2018 on GHG Reporting published update to ISO 14064-1 dealing with the specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals has been published on 18 December 2018.

This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO 14064-1:2006), which has been technically revised.

The main changes compared to the previous edition are:

  • A new approach has been introduced to reporting boundaries, facilitating the inclusion and expansion of indirect emissions. This change is a response to a growing number of organizations that are recognizing the importance and significance of indirect emissions and are developing GHG inventories that include more types of indirect emissions across the value chain.
  • The GHG emissions category “other indirect GHG emissions” has been renamed “indirect GHG emissions.” Requirements and guidance have been provided for classification of indirect GHG emissions into five specific categories. “Operational boundaries” has been renamed “reporting boundaries” for clarification and simplicity.
  • New requirements and guidance for GHG quantification and reporting of specific items, such as the treatment of biogenic carbon and GHG emissions related to electricity, have been added for clarification.

A copy of ISO 14064-1:2018 can be purchased from ISO here


  1. Review your current Greenhouse Gas reporting under ISO 14064-1:2006.
  2. Undertake a Gap Analysis between the requirements of ISO 14064-1:2006 & the new version, ISO 14064-1:2018.
  3. Make your transition to ISO 14064-1:2018 based on your Gap Analysis.
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Racoon Dog & the EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species

Racoon Dog + the EU Regulation on Invasive Alien SpeciesIt should be recalled that Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment.

They represent a major threat to native plants and animals in Europe, causing damage worth billions of euros to the European economy every year. As invasive alien species do not respect borders, action at the European level can be more effective than action at the Member State level.

Regulation (EU) 1143/2014 on invasive alien species (the IAS Regulation) entered into force on 1 January 2015, fulfilling Action 16 of Target 5 of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.

It provides for a set of measures to be taken across the EU in relation to invasive alien species included on a list of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern.

The following Invasive Alien Species will come into force at the beginning of February 2019, in one months time, as follows:

Scientific name English name Entry into force
Nyctereutes procyonoides Racoon dog 2 February 2019
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Pollution Prevention: Dealing with spills

Pollution Prevention: Dealing with SpillsFor anyone responsible for spill management, this Guidance document is for you.

Under the umbrella delivery of regulatory guidance from NetRegs operated under a partnership between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in Northern Ireland and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland, a series of Guidance for Pollution Prevention (GPP) documents are published based on relevant legislation and reflect current good practice. By following their guidance, it can help your organisation manage the environmental responsibilities to prevent pollution and comply with the law.

This guidance document (GPP 22) is for anyone who is responsible for storing and transporting materials that could cause pollution if they spill. It may also be useful for those who respond to spills, or those responsible for transporting or storing waste from spills. The document has been developed with the National Chemical Emergency Centre

This guideline gives information and advice about:

  • Pollution risk assessments
  • Pollution incident response plans
  • The pollution control hierarchy
  • Pollution control methods and equipment you could use to contain spills
  • Site specific pollution control options
  • Spills on a road or highway
  • Clean-up after you’ve contained a spill, including pollutant specific information

Useful tools are provided, such as a Spill Response Procedure & the Source-Pathway-Receptor model for assessing pollution risks together with a model risk assessment in Appendix A & practical steps to deal with a spill incident.

Based on my experiences, special note should be made that spillage prevention is not only about drummed waste but includes tankers and pipelines & is not restricted to hazardous materials, as I have worked with a client, who had a milk spillage that dramatically affected the available oxygen for fish in a nearby river.

The guidance document provides a good starter to understanding the key concepts and issues, which can be supplemented by internal technical resources or external consultants.

A copy of the Guidance on Pollution Prevention (GPP 22 – Version 1) is freely available for download here


  1. Review Guidance on Pollution Prevention (GPP 22 – Version 1) for actions to support your organisation’s spillage prevention and response planning.
  2. Consider the issues for that pollution risk assessment and associated control measures, such as pollution incident response plans and control methods.
  3. Implement appropriate pollution prevention controls for your organisation’s sites, transportation and material use.
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Are you missing out on your ESOS compliance?

Are you missing out on your ESOS compliance?Are you missing out on your ESOS compliance? It is not the most traditional thought on New Years Eve but 31 December 2018 has a special significance.

You must take part in ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) if your organisation qualifies as a large undertaking on the qualification date.

The qualification date for this second ESOS compliance period is 31 December 2018.

You can work out if you are an ESOS Participant by determining whether you are a large undertaking, which is any UK undertaking that meets either one or both of the conditions below: 

  • it employs 250 or more people, or;
  • it has an annual turnover in excess of 50 million euro (£38,937,777), and an annual balance sheet total in excess of 43 million euro (£33,486,489)

All financial metrics are based on figures provided by the Environment Agency guidance in 2014 & may be varied in the future.

Additionally, you must take part in ESOS if your undertaking is part of a corporate group which includes another UK undertaking that meets either of these conditions. Where a corporate group participates in ESOS, unless otherwise agreed the highest UK parent will act as a ‘responsible undertaking’ and be responsible for ensuring the group as a whole complies.

The definition of a large undertaking includes an overseas (non UK registered) company with a UK registered establishment which has 250 or more UK employees. The UK registered establishment of an overseas company will also need to take part in ESOS, regardless of its size, if any other part of its global corporate group activities in the UK meets the ESOS qualifying criteria.

My consultancy has extensive experience of the first ESOS Compliance period and can offer a tailored and cost-effective package based on your energy and compliance requirements.

Comment on this post to move forward with your ESOS energy audit and assessment.


  1. Review your organisation’s size and financial metrics to determine whether it is obligated as an ESOS Participant.
  2. Consider the timing of your energy audit within the Phase 2 period: (31 December 2015 up to before 5 December 2019 – The ESOS Compliance Date).
  3. Contract with your ESOS Lead Energy Assessor to ensure that they are able to complete your ESOS energy audit and assessment well before the 5 December 2019 compliance deadline.
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What type of eco-Christmas will you have?

What type of eco-Christmas will you have?Each year, Christmas affords Environmental and Sustainability professionals the opportunity to face an annual dilemma to enjoy Christmas with family and friends in a place between the rampant consumerism that is all around us & our inner, still sustainability voice and principles that we live by throughout the year.

Last year (2017), I posted Can Environmentalists enjoy Christmas? as my perspective on my conflict with one aspect of Christmas during a holiday in the USA & returning with our “American” Christmas tree, which had not only had made a long journey from China to the USA to be at the very Walmart, when we walked in to buy it but I took it on an equally unsustainable journey from the USA back to our home in the United Kingdom. 

This year, our Christmas is at home. And with that simple, family setting comes a multitude of variables that can make or break a sustainable Christmas.

As an IEMA Environmental Auditor & ISO 14001 consultant, I thought I would look at the environmental aspects and impacts of Christmas & offer some suggestions on how I am trying to have an eco-Christmas.

Energy Use
Christmas LightsAs a Lead ESOS Assessor, my mind is turning towards energy management as the theme for next year’s consultancy as many of my clients will meet the compliance criteria on 31 December 2018 and will be obligated to be an ESOS participant.

So, I have brought LED Christmas lights for our tree. The 200 lights strung across our Christmas tree are a positive “low energy” and “low carbon” development over our previous traditional incandescent bulbs.

Additionally, I have purchased some Smart Plugs which not only allow for remote “on / off” through my Smartphone but measure the energy consumption.

Currently, the LED Christmas Tree lights are consuming 0.03 kW per day compared with incandescent Christmas lights at 0.3 kW per day.

Even greater energy consumption is made on Christmas Day, itself, with the cooking of the traditional Christmas lunch. The energy consumed on the Day is 31 Giga-Watts with around 40% coming from renewable sources according the Energy Institute’s article: UK set new green energy record on Christmas Day

What eco-Christmas options do you have for reducing energy during Christmas?

Wrapping PaperAs part of my commitment to the UN World Environment Day 2018, I am seeking to reduce my plastic usage and will be recording the plastic content of our waste based on the principles in my video: Beat Plastic Pollution Video 3: Waste Weighing and Audit

But Christmas brings an even greater deluge of waste in the form of Christmas Cards (with an unbelievable 1.5 billion Christmas cards are thrown away by UK households each year) & cardboard packaging quantities, which would cover the London Eye almost 50,000 times, wrap the Angel of the North a shocking two million times, or cover the Eden Project biomes in Cornwall over 11,000 times according to WRAP’s article: Tis the season to be aware of recycling at that was in 2015.

I have tried to ensure that my wrapping paper is eco-friendly or is recycled but there is more that can be done. Maybe, even using newspaper or magazine paper as wrapping paper. Just make sure that it passes the “Scrunch Test“.

How will you reduce your waste for an eco-Christmas?

Vegan MealWe all know that we should “shop locally” to be more, sustainable in a food shopping but could we make more fundamental changes to our Christmas Day meal.

With one Vegan and one Vegetarian in our family, we are going to try a Vegan Christmas Lunch with nut roast (or maybe, even Tofurky) as a “low carbon” alternative to the traditional turkey and trimmings.

Can you suggest your sustainable options for an eco-Christmas Lunch?

Car PollutionChristmas Day can be the most, frustrating day for “low carbon” travel as almost all public transportation stops with this year being the London’s biggest ever Christmas rail shutdown, which will see many stations and lines – including direct links to Heathrow and Gatwick – closed throughout the holiday season for much-needed upgrade work (Network Rail in London at Christmas).

This leaves local travel by foot or bicycle or the less, environmental option of the car.

Should we just stay at home or travel to be with friends and family?

Christmas PresentsThe choice of presents is, even more contentious, than an alternative Christmas Lunch with a multitude of options from books, perfume, electrical goods, clothes offer up on our television screens daily in the run-up to Christmas as well as through the ever available outlet of Amazon.

The environmental credentials of our presents and their journey to the recipient is a veritable minefield with the internet shopping spend over the Christmas season expected to top last year’s figure of a total Christmas spend of over £78 billion with many families turning to Amazon instead of Santa to deliver their presents with nearly 50% of households ordering on-line (Centre for Retail Research: Shopping for Christmas 2017)

One challenge that we set ourselves as a family is to try to find one Christmas present that did not cost anything but the love and care that it took to make for the recipient. Over the years, there have been very inventive gifts ranging from wooden photo frames and jewellery.

What traditional or contemporary eco-Christmas presents are you choosing this year?

Over to you…
I have shared some of my thoughts on a sustainable, eco-Christmas and the key environmental aspects and impacts & how I try to take personal leadership at a complex time of the year, which challenges me to think even harder about my own sustainability values.

I welcome any comments that you have on my eco-Christmas options or how you are planning to address these environmental impacts in your own eco-Christmas.

#christmas @EMSMastery

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Environment Agency EU Exit Preparedness Survey

EU Exit Preparedness SurveyIf you export waste, you need to take this Environment Agency Survey urgently…

As part of its planning for Brexit, the Environment Agency is engaging with the resources and waste sector to establish the level of preparedness of the sector specifically for organisations involved in the export and transit of wastes under the Basel Convention and OECD control mechanism for waste.

The CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) survey on waste exports is important to help the Agency understand stakeholders’ main areas of concern and adaptation measures that are being considered.

This survey is urgent and the deadline for responses is 12:30 Hrs on 20th December 2018.

The survey can be found at here.


  1. Review your organisation’s waste management strategy and operations for any risks or impacts from the exit from the EU.
  2. Consider contributing to the CIWM survey to establish the level of preparedness of the waste sector specifically for organisations involved in the export and transit of wastes .
  3. Respond to the survey by 12:30 Hrs on 20th December 2018.
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Resource and Waste Strategy for England

Resource and Waste Strategy for England 2018In a joint publication today (18 December 2018), Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) and the Environment Agency have set out how they will preserve material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy in England.

The strategy sets out how they plan to double resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste of all kinds (including plastic waste) by 2050, which is an ambitious aim.

The strategy sets out three main objectives to:

  1. preserve our stock of material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy
  2. minimise the damage caused to our natural environment by reducing and managing waste safely and carefully
  3. deal with waste crime

Building on the earlier publication: 25 Year Environment Plan (see our post: A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment), it claims to combine actions with firm commitments to give a clear, longer-term policy direction for the next 25 years.

The Strategy document seeks to extend the use-life of the materials and goods, so that society can move away from an inefficient ‘linear’ economic model of ‘take, make, use, throw’ towards a more, circular economy (re-use, re-manufacture, repair, recycle). This change to a circular economy should facilitate retaining resources in use for as long as possible allowing the maximum value to be extracted by a process of recovery and regeneration of products and materials at the end of their lifespan.

The Strategy will be over-shadowed in the popular media by weekly food waste collections and, maybe, monthly general waste collections, the confusion of what plastic waste can be recycled & deposit schemes for returned bottles (not a new idea but its time has come around again). Once you get beyond these issues, there is a lot to like in the Strategy but it is not perfect and does not provide all the answers on how to transition to a circular economy.

You can review the contents of the Strategy, which is available as a free download in the links below, and comprises two documents:

Our waste, our resources: a strategy for England

Evidence Annex


  1. Review Defra’s Resource and Waste Strategy for England proposals for actions and outcomes to support their 25-year Environment Plan.
  2. Consider the issues that affect your business and opportunities to work within the delivery of a “circular economy”.
  3. Respond to the Strategy and any further consultations on new or revised resource and waste strategy, which are designed to support the Government’s 25-Year Environment Plan.
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