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What’s your water management strategy?

A good water management strategy does more than just improve the sustainability of your business – it can also cut costs, giving a valuable boost to your bottom line.

But it’s about more than just reducing water consumption in businesses where your use of the resource may be more complex than most.

A good joined-up water management strategy will look at everything from where your water comes from – including ways to capitalise on the water that falls on your premises as rain – right through to the areas of water waste that you could cut back on.

Envantage offer ongoing water management strategy services to help drive cost savings not just as a one-off, but identifying more areas for more savings in the future too, while maximising your sustainability.

This can include such topics as:

  • detecting and repairing leaks
  • harvesting rainwater for direct reuse
  • employee engagement and workforce water strategy
  • limiting consumption using purpose-built devices

All of this can be integrated into your wider utility management strategy, helping you to meet your legislative and reporting requirements and recognising that water strategy plays a key role in this, alongside energy.

Benefits of better water management strategy

Prompt action on water procurement, use and disposal can have immediate benefits, as the sooner you improve your processes, the sooner you can start to cut costs and improve sustainability.

We may even be able to help you reclaim past water charges that were billed to you in error, if we can collate the necessary supporting information to prove a claim.

This can include areas like leakage, tariff errors, surface water charges and non-return to sewer fees, and professional help from Envantage can help you to navigate the burden of proof that is unfortunately part of the process.

Metered water management

Like the other utilities your business uses, we would recommend metered monitoring for water management, and our ENMAT solution is designed to incorporate water consumption alongside gas, electricity, compressed air, heat and steam.

It’s a cloud-based platform that can combine the data from your fiscal meters with sub-metering for a complete overview of all of your utilities, identifying and targeting areas where your business could operate more efficiently.

Again, a joined-up metered water management strategy gives you the most power when it comes to making savings, and ENMAT can work with existing installed meters, to ensure only minimal additional hardware is required.

Call Envantage today on 0800 054 2577 or email to get in touch with one of our consultants and find out more about cutting costs, improving sustainability and optimising your water usage.

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Get ready for Business Clean Up Day on February 27th

Business Clean Up Day is an Australian initiative, but it’s one that companies the world over can use to inspire carbon reduction, energy saving initiatives and better procurement of electricity and water.

The organisers of Business Clean Up Day say that becoming a member of the low-carbon economy is an effective way to “capture the climate-conscious consumer”.

But of course it is also good news for the planet, whether you decide to clean up your own business premises and activities, or a nearby public park, beach or other communal space for the good of your neighbours.

And while the official Business Clean Up Day is on Tuesday February 27th, that should not stop you from holding your own event on a different day if it is more convenient for you to do so.

What can we do?

Give some thought to your own business and how you could clean up your practices, for example through green electricity procurement or more resource-efficient water procurement.

If you want to make an investment into your energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy generation is a good option, and could help to give your company more energy independence in case the mains supply is ever interrupted.

But you can also start relatively small, for example by giving staff a few hours out of the office to clean up the outdoor areas of your business premises and any nearby litter eyesores.

The list of case studies shared by the organisers includes several examples of companies doing just that – including one organisation that collects flotsam and jetsam from the beach and turns it into works of art.

Eliminating e-waste

Even if you can’t get out of the office – and it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like in late February – there are measures you can take from inside your own premises.

Display Energy Certificates and Energy Performance Certificates can help to identify any areas of potential energy savings, but you might want to start with your own email inbox.

Business data centres consume huge amounts of power, not only to keep equipment switched on 24/7 but also to keep it cooled, so eliminating redundant data is a great first step.

Encourage all your employees to clean up old items from their inbox and other email folders, empty their deleted items and junk folders of anything that’s no longer needed, and delete old drafts from their server space, and you could free up some valuable resources in your data centre in the space of an afternoon.

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ESOS Phase 2 update

You may have received the Environment Agency ESOS newsletter which was sent out earlier this month. We have received some queries relating to the information within the newsletter and hopefully, the details below will help provide clarification.

Please visit here for further details on ESOS qualification criteria:

What are the routes to ESOS compliance?

1) ISO 50001 certification*
2) Display Energy Certificates (DECs)*
3) Green Deal Assessments (GDAs)*
4) ESOS compliant energy audits

*only a complete compliance route if covers 90 % of total energy – otherwise can be used as partial compliance only

Further details:
The most common route for compliance is ESOS compliant energy audits. It is the ESOS energy audit route that the attached newsletter relates to and further details on the timeframes for compliance via this route are detailed below.

What is the earliest date I can take action to comply with ESOS?


Further details:
You will not be able to assess whether you qualify for Phase 2 of ESOS until the 31st of December 2018 qualification date. Nor will you be able to carry out the assessment of which buildings or transport need to be included in your 90 % audit boundary.

However, if you are confident that you will qualify based on the qualification criteria and you know of certain sites or transport that will be included in your 90 % energy boundary, then it might be worth getting a head start. As detailed in the Environment Agency newsletter, the benefits of doing this are:

– Help with planning your energy audits
– Minimise disruption
– Minimise potential problems
– Potentially reduce costs
– Benefit from the survey opportunities earlier
– Greater focus on implementation

What is the latest date I need to take action to comply with ESOS?

Audits must be carried out, written up, and signed off by no later than 5th December 2019

Further details:
The deadline for complying with the scheme is the 5th of December 2019. Before ESOS can be signed off, the below key requirements need to be completed:

1) 100 % energy consumption across buildings and transport quantified (based on 12 months including 31st December 2018)
2) 90 % energy boundary drawn
3) Audits carried out covering the 90 % boundary
4) Audit findings are written up
5) ESOS compliance signed off by lead assessor

During phase 1 of ESOS compliance, there was a high demand for ESOS auditors and lead assessors leading up to the final ESOS compliance deadline. This can result in increased costs due to high competition for ESOS support and can put pressure on companies to provide supporting information within tight timeframes. This also is likely to be the case as the phase 2 deadline approaches.

Next steps

To get a step ahead with your ESOS compliance, avoid increased costs due to high demand, and avoid pressure to meet deadlines within a tight timeframe, please contact Envantage to get your ESOS audits booked in now.

If you would like any further information on the above, or anything relating to ESOS in general, please contact Envantage and we will be happy to discuss any queries you have.

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Major retailer gets coveted A- forestry score with Envantage


A home shopping retailer has achieved the ‘Leadership’ A- score in the influential CDP Forests Program, sending a strong positive message to investors, after a strategy program undertaken with Envantage.

The company initially approached Envantage in 2015 about forestry disclosure, having little formal policy or planning in place.

Their sustainability credentials are now officially labelled as industry-leading by the CDP Forests Program (formerly Forestry Disclosure Project), with significant benefits for brand value.

Deforestation and forest degradation account for 10-15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and “is a real business risk”, says the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

The CDP acts globally on behalf of investors who wish to understand how companies are addressing their exposure to such risks.

The major retailer has now successfully responded to stakeholder expectations.

Envantage’s consultants initially highlighted the positive actions that the company was already undertaking behind the scenes, and developed these into formal forestry strategies with appropriate teams and policies.

On this basis, the company achieved a good opening score of B when first reporting to the Forestry Disclosure Project in 2015.

By continuing to work with Envantage on effective reporting, they have now elevated their performance in 2016 to achieve the A- Leadership score – a well-deserved result and a resounding success.

Should you report to the CDP Forests Program in 2017, or boost your scores?


How Envantage can help

We will help you reach your targets and boost stakeholder confidence.

Envantage has extensive experience with CDP and forestry reporting, including for global companies, with an excellent track record of optimising the allocated scores and developing the necessary strategies.

To find out more, contact Envantage today. Call our consultants on 0800 054 2577 or email


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What a year! Here is why we are celebrating 2016…


We have had quite the year here at Envantage and would like to congratulate our staff on their continued outstanding work – and our clients on their substantial savings and performance improvements.

Some of our 2016 highlights include:

Envantage achievements 2016

> Claiming over £400k/yr in relief for some manufacturers

> Boosting our clients’ CDP scores to beat the CDP average

> Helping a textiles firm pass a challenging CCA audit (saving £200k+/yr)

> Securing major EU ETS compensation for a complex client case

> Managing 500+ GWh/yr for Climate Change Agreements

> Reporting on up to 34% energy savings with our ENMAT M&T system

> Reviewing ESOS in the Energy Institute’s flagship magazine

> Sharing CCA expertise with the Food & Drink sector in Birmingham

> Commissioning our 2.4MWp Solar PV park

> Being nominated for the “Energy Management Champion” TELCA Award

> Obtaining ISO14001 and ISO50001 certified status, alongside ISO9001

> Cutting our carbon footprint with hybrid electric vehicles

> Welcoming two babies (with one still on the way!)

…and much more!


2017 looks set to be another eventful year, with valuable energy and carbon opportunities.

Once you have celebrated and reflected on the past 12 months, we recommend that you schedule a call with us in January.


How Envantage can help

We look forward to reducing your costs, improving your energy and carbon performance, and boosting your brand value in 2017.

To set up a consultation, simply contact our team on 0800 054 2577 or email

Have a wonderful holiday.


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HSBC: Lack of carbon disclosure hinders rising appetite for green investments


Two thirds of institutional investors want to make low carbon and climate-related investments, but find themselves hampered by a lack of environmental disclosure amongst firms, according to a recent HSBC survey.

Forms of climate disclosure include schemes such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, and are expected to rise in the coming year.

The survey included nearly 300 institutional investors and 300 corporates, and found that less than a quarter of companies currently report their environmental impact.

Three quarters of investors who intend to put more capital into low carbon and climate-related investments therefore see a lack of credible investment opportunities.

According to HSBC, this is about to change:

“A quarter of companies that do not currently disclose their environmental impact plan to do so in the coming year; half see their disclosure around climate risk increasing; and of the half of firms that say they have strategies in place to actively reduce their environmental impact, 34 per cent plan to disclose it in the next 12 months.”

Andre Brandao, Head of HSBC’s Climate Business Council, commented: “This survey suggests there is a significant pool of capital available to firms with strong green credentials, but an absence of climate disclosure by companies, and a shortage of investors accessing research into this market, is putting a brake on allocation.”

Read the full story here.


How Envantage can help

Should your firm be attracting more investment by improving your environmental disclosure?

Envantage works with clients UK-wide and globally, to deliver best practice environmental disclosure including participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project. Our suite of services and tailored support ensures that you are awarded maximum scores – boosting brand value and stakeholder confidence. This year, we helped our clients beat the CDP average (read more here).

To find out more, contact Envantage today. Simply call our consultants at 0800 054 2577 or email


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CCA participants advised to review new incentives for energy savings


The buy-out price for Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) has been increased from January 2017, following a review by the UK Government. Participants will therefore see a greater return when investing in energy efficiency in order to pass their CCA targets.

Companies who are failing their CCA targets are advised to act quickly, with Target Period 3 beginning on 1 January 2017. The first step is to project the scope for financial savings if energy reductions are achieved over the next four years.

CCAs are voluntary agreements and remain an essential cost saving opportunity for eligible businesses.

In exchange for a substantial discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL), businesses commit to meeting energy reduction targets or paying a buy-out fee.

Following the BEIS review the buy-out price will rise to £14 from £12 per tonne CO2e for Target Period 3 (2017-2018) and Target Period 4 (2019-2020), broadly in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI).

As a result, those CCA participants who are set to fail their targets now have an increased need to invest in energy saving measures, with double benefits: reduced energy bills and boosted CCA cost savings.

Even if targets are failed, a CCA typically presents a substantial cost saving for eligible businesses.

CCAs are available to eligible energy intensive sectors, and provide a significant discount on the CCL that will rise to 93% for electricity and 78% for gas in 2019.


How Envantage can help

We are here to help – whether you are failing your existing CCA targets or think you might benefit from a new CCA.

Envantage will project your performance against future targets, so that you can make informed decisions and maximise energy efficiency cost savings.

Please contact us today to discuss.


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Milestone: 200 firms to set ‘science based’ carbon reduction targets


The number of companies that have signed up to the Science Based Targets initiative continues to rise and reached 200 this month. Participants agree to set emission reduction targets in line with global efforts to keep temperatures well below 2 degrees.

The 2-degree threshold is a key goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

“The momentum behind the Science Based Targets initiative proves that companies are ready, willing and able to take serious climate action”, said Lila Karbassi, Chief of Environment at the UN Global Compact.

Over two companies per week have joined the initiative since it was launched in May 2015, according to UN Global Compact, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF.

The 200 firms to date represent the equivalent of the total estimated value of the Tokyo stock exchange, and include names such as Coca Cola, Kellogg Company, Dell and Procter & Gamble.

Once signed up, businesses have two years to set science-based targets. These are then assessed against strict criteria by the initiative’s team of experts before they are approved.

Should you join the companies taking action and commit to science based targets?


How Envantage can help

Envantage can assist you throughout the process.

Our team of consultants have extensive experience with carbon abatement strategies, and an excellent track record with international carbon initiatives such as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

To find out more, speak with one of our consultants today. Call Envantage for free on 0800 054 2577 or email


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UK Government promotes a “smart, flexible energy system”


The UK Government is seeking views on the mechanisms to promote demand side response, storage and other flexible measures that are expected to form an increasingly important part of the energy system.

The Call for Evidence is issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Ofgem, and is open until 12 January 2017.

It follows findings by the National Infrastructure Commission earlier this year that consumers could see savings of up to £8 billion a year by 2030 by using electricity in a “smart” way.

The consultation also builds on the Government’s position paper Flexibility from 2015, where demand side response for industrial and commercial consumers was stated as a priority.

Power Responsive, the National Grid’s campaign, is commended in the consultation amongst initiatives already making a difference. Power Responsive aims to encourage “industrial and commercial businesses to get involved and to realise the financial and carbon-cutting benefits” of flexible demand.


How Envantage can help

Demand side response is now a significant financial opportunity for many commercial facilities. Does this include yours?

A range of programmes and mechanisms are available, with varying technical requirements and often substantial financial rewards. In order to maximise benefits, the potential for flexible demand at your site must be expertly assessed alongside your own operational requirements.

Envantage is able to help you achieve the best scheme for your facility.

To find out more, simply contact us to speak with one of our consultants.


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Food and drink manufacturers to cut CO2 emissions by 55%


The food and drink industry aims to achieve a 55% absolute reduction in CO2 emissions from energy use by 2025, against a 1990 baseline.

This ambition, announced by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) last month, covers UK manufacturing operations and is not a requirement for Climate Change Agreements in the sector.

The FDF sets out the target as part of their Ambition 2025: Shaping Sustainable Value Chains document, in order to be “fully in line with – and indeed ahead of – UK carbon budgets”.

A longer term ambition to achieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 has been set alongside, while the federation has also pledged to reach waste and water use targets. This includes a 20% reduction in water use across the industry by 2020, compared to 2007.

Progress towards targets will be tracked on an annual basis.

The FDF reports that a 44% reduction in emissions had already been achieved as of 2014. Helen Munday, Director of Food Safety, Science and Sustainability & Chief Scientific Officer FDF said: “Having made great progress across a range of areas, including massive CO2 emission and water use reductions, we’ve looked again at what more we can deliver, engaging with more companies within our sector and beyond”.

To date, progress has been associated with factors such as fuel switching and investment in energy efficiency and low carbon technologies.

Further reductions in emissions is believed to require greater focus on new technology, process design and low carbon energy sources – particularly for heat production.


How Envantage can help

Envantage’s experienced consultants provide a suite of energy, carbon and environmental services that includes carbon abatement, energy efficiency projects and independently verified Green House Gas quantification and reporting to ISO 14064 standard.

Already working with a range of food and drink manufacturers, as well as other sectors, we are well placed to support your business.

Speak with one of our consultants today to find out more. Please call Envantage on 0800 054 2577 or email us at


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