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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 savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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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 savings@envantage.co.uk.

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 savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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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 savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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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 savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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CDP: Envantage clients ahead of the curve with boosted scores

 

A substantially increased average score of “B” has been achieved by organisations who have responded to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with Envantage’s assistance, whose 2016 scores have now been released.

This places Envantage’s clients well above the overall average score of CDP participants, which is a “C” – providing them with influential material for brand value, marketing and stakeholder relationships.

In all cases, this high result is a considerable improvement on the scores of a “D” or a “C” that the organisations had previously received in 2015.

The boost in performance delivered by Envantage is an excellent result and has been achieved by working with the organisations to carry out effective CDP reporting, carefully answering all elements of the questionnaire in line with the scoring methodology and reporting GHG emissions data correctly.

A detailed and compelling narrative that fully describes the organisation’s practices has ensured that maximum points are awarded, alongside recommendations of effective carbon management structures.

 

What is the CDP?

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. The scheme enables investors and purchasers to access environmental information for use in financial decisions.

Scores are awarded according to a scale of A, A-, B, B-, C, C-,D, and D-.

Organisations use the CDP to voluntarily disclose Green House Gas emissions, carbon reduction initiatives and climate change strategies. In 2016, over 5,600 companies responded to the CDP climate change, water, forests and supply chain questionnaires.

For a medium to large company, failing to report to the CDP is seen as a brand value and stakeholder risk.

A good score on the other hand will provide a valuable boost for brand value and investor confidence.

 

How Envantage can help

Envantage have worked alongside a variety of UK-based and global organisations providing CDP reporting for a number of years, delivering successful CDP rankings.

Our suite of services range from verified Green House Gas (GHG) quantification to bespoke carbon abatement plans.

If you would like to participate in the CDP, or improve your score, speak to one of our consultants today. Contact Envantage by calling 0800 054 2577 or email us at savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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Cut Your Greenhouse Gas Emissions With Green Electricity Procurement

 

Companies can now quickly realise significant Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reductions – and boost brand value – by purchasing green electricity.

This opportunity has arisen due to key changes in the way companies are required to report GHG emissions, also referred to as their Carbon Footprint, coupled with new green electricity products on the market.

Historically, the only way companies could reduce GHG emissions under the Greenhouse Protocol was via energy efficiency and carbon reduction plans, despite any green energy purchase decisions that had been made.

Credit can now be obtained from responsible procurement of electricity, but sufficient knowledge of both energy procurement and GHG reporting is required.

 

Not All ‘Green’ Electricity Products Qualify

There are a number of key quality criteria that must be met before an electricity contract can be claimed as low or zero carbon under the GHG reporting rules.

With many energy companies marketing energy tariffs as low or no carbon products, it is important that these rules are fully understood before making key procurement decisions.

An assessment of the energy market by Envantage has shown that some ‘green’ electricity products do not meet this quality criteria.

These products cannot be used to reduce carbon emissions.

As many green energy products carry a premium, it is imperative that the correct product is chosen so that GHG emissions reductions can be rightfully claimed. Failure to select the correct green product could result in a costly error.

 

How Envantage can help

Envantage has a number of GHG reporting experts working alongside the energy procurement team to ensure that all green products are fully assessed against the quality criteria before being fixed.

If you are interested in quickly reducing your GHG emissions and boosting your corporate profile, speak to one of our consultants today. To contact Envantage, please call on 0800 054 2577 or email savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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Scotland: New energy efficiency rules for commercial properties

 

Owners of commercial properties in Scotland with floor areas over 1000 sqm must now identify energy efficiency opportunities for their properties before they can be leased or sold, according to new regulations.

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 came into force on 1 September 2016.

These new requirements are in addition to providing a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

When a property in this category is to be sold or leased, the owner must produce an Action Plan.

Action Plans should include improvement targets for the building’s energy and carbon performance, as well as measures to meet those targets.

Seven main energy efficiency measures are eligible under the scheme:

  • Upgrading lighting controls

  • Upgrading heating controls

  • Upgrading low energy lighting

  • Replacing a boiler over 15 years old

  • Installing an insulation jacket to a hot water tank

  • Installing insulation in an accessible roof space

  • Installing draught stripping to doors and windows

Following the creation of the Action Plan, the owner can choose to either make the improvements within a 42 month compliance period or, provided the action plan states that operational rating measures are to be implemented, defer the improvements by using a display energy certificate to report annually on operational energy ratings (the energy consumption associated with the use of the property).

Once improvements have been carried out, the owner must arrange for an Energy Performance Certificate to be issued alongside a document that confirms the completion of the measures.

They must also provide a copy of the plan to the buyer or tenant free of charge.

Some categories of buildings and transactions are exempt, but many commercial building owners are said to be unprepared for the new rules.

 

How Envantage can help

Are you looking for an effective way to comply with the new regulations, or have questions about the rules?

Envantage has extensive experience with regulatory compliance, energy action plans, efficiency measures, and Energy Performance Certificates.

Speak to one of our consultants today for advice, by calling Envantage on 0800 054 2577 or emailing savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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