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Green Mark's European Social Fund Technical Assistance Newsletter - November 2013

Green Mark's European Social Fund Technical Assistance Newsletter - November 2013

27 November 2013

GLE is currently providing free Green Mark certifications to ESF funded organisations, as part of the ESF Technical Assistance programme. To find out more telephone 020 7403 0300 or email greenmark@gle.co.uk.

Green Mark ESF TA Newsletter - November 2013

About Green Mark

Green Mark is an environmental certification scheme which helps organisations to:

  • Manage their environmental impacts
  • Save money and resources
  • Evidence a commitment to sustainability

GLE is currently providing free Green Mark certifications to ESF funded organisations, as part of the ESF Technical Assistance programme. This support is available for organisations who hold an ESF contract directly, and those who participate as a formal partner.

To find out more telephone 020 7403 0300 or email greenmark@gle.co.uk.

Free Event

Fuel Poverty: towards integrated approaches to health, energy, social justice and climate change
Date: 10th December from 10.30am to 17.00pm.
Venue: The Lift, Angel
(http://civi.lvsc.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=43375&qid=959630)
More information: http://civi.lvsc.org.uk/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=43377&qid=959630 or contact Sandra van der Feen at sandra@lvsc.org.uk

Did you know?

Low-energy light bulbs (i.e. compact fluorescent lamps-CFLs) can use five times less electricity than conventional light bulbs?

Legislation Update

Lower Tier Waste Carriers Licence

Anyone who regularly transports waste they have produced themselves while going about their normal business activities will need to register as a waste carrier by Jan 2014.

To assess if this applies to you visit the Environment Agency website (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/sectors/wastecarriers.aspx)

News

Green Mark Client, Reed in Partnership awarded the 2013 National ESF Sustainable Development Mainstreaming Leader Awards http://www.greenmark.co.uk/news-item.php?id=51

Green Mark client, Urban Planters London West, wins Best Green Business category at the Hounslow Business Awards http://www.greenmark.co.uk/news-item.php?id=49.

Nicholas Nicolaou, GLE oneLondon Managing Director, Anthony Djondo, Business Development Manager of MI Compute Solutions and Malcolm Walker from St Giles Trust talk about the Green Mark http://www.greenmark.co.uk/esf-greenmark.php

Make major cost savings by becoming more energy efficient

With winter on our doorstep, many businesses are concerned about their energy costs. Reducing energy waste and energy bills requires a transformation on how businesses use energy.

Start saving now!

Start with simple actions that do not cost anything, but can save both money and CO[2] immediately - such as switching off lights and monitors when they are not needed.

Then find out how your ‘bottom line’ is affected!

This involves systematically monitoring how you use energy and how much this costs your business. This will show the difference that energy efficiency makeso to your bottom line.

When it comes to purchasing equipment, make additional savings by choosing energy efficient models. Potential technical improvements usually pay back within a year.

The most important element for an organisation in the process of becoming energy efficient is cultural change and embedding any pledges into the hearts and minds of everyone within the organisation - from the top management down to every individual employee.

Communicate how much things cost to employees and explain how they can contribute to cost-reduction. Introduce ‘champions’ and awards for those who have contributed the most to energy reduction and encouraged others to do the same. By becoming energy efficient an organisation also improves public perception of its services and the quality of its overall organisation and management.

Energy efficiency good practice example by Reed in Partnership

Green Mark client - and 2013 National ESF Sustainable Development Mainstreaming Leader Award winner - Reed in Partnership, is highly conscientious about energy use. They strive to minimise energy waste through their environmental policy and a range of energy efficiency measures.

Particular emphasis is placed on purchasing energy efficient IT equipment. They use ‘Wyse’ terminals which consume up to 91% less power than PCs. These can also be switched off when not in use, resulting in 80% reduction in ‘switched on’ time. As well as running more efficiently, there are fewer raw materials and CO2 emissions involved in the production of thin terminals when compared with PCs. They are notably smaller and lighter, which reduces both the amount of packaging needed and the delivery-related transport emissions.

When ordering their new terminals they worked with a supplier to reduce the number of transportation hops from production to end user. They ensure that all manuals and non-essential items are never dispatched, preventing unnecessary waste. The packaging they use is also 99% recyclable. Thin terminals are built to last twice as long as normal PCs – eight years, compared to a PC’s usual four year life – and when the time comes to retire them they are 90% recyclable.

Save money and reduce your carbon emissions today

  1. Switch off lighting, machinery and other appliances or equipment (e.g. IT equipment) when they are not needed.
  2. Don’t overfill your kettle.
  3. Turn down heating thermostats to a comfortable constant temperature (18-21°C).
  4. Ensure the optimum temperature for your hot water tank system is no higher than 60°C.
  5. Use timers and zoning on heating, lighting, air-conditioning, vending and coffee machines.
  6. Replace existing bulbs with energy efficient alternatives when they expire.
  7. Keep existing windows and skylights clean.
  8. Introduce draught proofing measures.
  9. Monitor your energy consumption and energy costs to see your savings.
  10. When it is time to replace your equipment and machinery choose models that are energy efficient – it will pay back within one to two years.

Green Mark tailors energy efficient actions to meet your business’ needs. Recommendations on actions that employees can implement themselves at home are also included.

For more information about how Green Mark can help your organisation contact greenmark@carbonarchitecture.co.uk or telephone 02036 971253.

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