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Sustainability strategy: have you got it right?

The challenges around sustainability are the biggest of our generation, and businesses can no longer ignore the issue. Humans emit a staggering 40 billion tonnes of CO2 into the air annually, contributing to the global climate change and our valuable ice caps are melting at an alarming rate. The great pacific garbage patch is now […]

Reflecting upon the 2017 CDP results and preparing for the 2018 changes

We are excited to head into the new year with new developments and improvements in the CDP scoring. The much anticipated 2018 CDP questionnaires have been released and designed in a manner which makes the questionnaires more relevant to different industries and sectors and streamlines the whole reporting process for the businesses. Apart from the […]

7 simple ways companies can integrate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainability means different things not just for people but also for businesses. While individual actions are always important, it’s also essential to get the large corporations and organisations involved in environmental protection and the betterment of our society. For the world to succeed, companies must integrate the sustainable development goals (SDGs) into their business strategies. […]

8 tips to making your office more eco-friendly

Often, when you think about going green, the immediate consideration is about reducing your carbon emissions. Other quick thoughts may include riding your bike more, using public transportation, being stricter with your recycling, and so on and so forth. But have you ever thought about making your office eco-friendly? There are so many ways of […]

Clean Growth Strategy: What does it mean for businesses?

The long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy has been released on 12 October, and sets out ambitious plans by the UK Government on how to accelerate clean growth, and meet national climate goals and the fifth carbon budget. The 165-page document covers policies and proposals ranging from green finance, building energy efficiency, low carbon heating, electric vehicles […]

Plastic packaging alternatives – what should you procure?

Plastic, one of the most useful and versatile materials, but also one of the most unsustainable and environmentally damaging. A 2016 study from the World Economic Forum states that each year, over 8 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean, which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one rubbish truck into the ocean every […]

Life below water – on ocean acidification and the UN’s SDGs

One of the key business themes of the UN’s SDG 14 (sustainable development goals) – life below water – is ocean acidification; often termed ‘the other CO2 problem’. It is one of the most serious threats the oceans and humans are facing in this century, but as the slogan term may suggest, it is often […]

Driving the sustainability agenda through diversity

Businesses have a uniquely challenging mission when driving the sustainability agenda forward. Every organisation has a different operational model, and requires a sustainability strategy that is bespoke to the way they do business. With so much scope for debate and discussion, and the sharing of experiences and ideas, diversity and sustainability should go hand in […]

Turning targets into actions – on SDGs and volunteering

As we continue to unpick the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), I explored the role of volunteering in meeting these ambitious targets. Volunteer groups are identified as key stakeholders in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and are thought to be essential resources in achieving the vision for a fairer world. Indeed, SDG 17, […]

How can businesses act on SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. Touching on all aspects of sustainability, they are becoming the foundation of policies and strategies related to sustainable development. Businesses are one of the only entities large and powerful […]

3 tips for becoming a sustainable small business

Sustainability and the fight against climate change is often regarded as one of the biggest problems facing society today. For small businesses, it’s sometimes hard to imagine yourself making a real difference when contending with a phenomena so gigantic in scale. How can your own actions really make any difference when factors such as multi-national […]

Stone & Ceramic Ltd achieving Silver certification

Stone & Ceramic Ltd is a specialist natural stone and tiling subcontractor working on high spec commercial and luxury residential projects throughout London and the Home Counties. Stone & Ceramics has been re-certified again this year, retaining their silver certification. The company been a part of the Carbon Smart certification scheme since April 2013 and have […]

3 reasons to rethink plastics

With the global plastic production expected to increase to a staggering 1.2 billion tonnes by 2050, it is not surprising that the plastic industry has been described as one of the most essential building blocks of our economy today. This exponential growth will undoubtedly play a vital role in the global economy, however if the […]

Biomass – a sustainable energy source for your community

Biomass is one of the most hotly contested renewable energy fuels, with many arguing over the benefits and the negative impacts of using biomass fuel. This can leave many confused as to where to stand on the topic.   Parish Councils, charities and other community groups are now eligible for grant funding to conduct a feasibility […]

Energy efficiency in East Sussex: the LoCASE project

As the new year kicks off, Carbon Smart is heavily involved with an exciting new project which is both boosting the South East’s economy while reducing the carbon footprint of many businesses. Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) is an EU funded project, which enables SME’s to invest in energy efficiency opportunities. The LoCASE […]

Wonky vegetables: should you buy them?

Every year, approximately one third of the food produced is wasted, this is equal to 1.3 billion tonnes. Food waste is a problem not only because this food can be used to feed people, but also due to the large carbon footprint associated with food production. Food waste occurs throughout the supply chain, starting from […]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for a better world

Come January 1st, most of us will make big promises to ourselves in the effort to make a better us. More often than not, these resolutions are a just a distant memory a month later. So, at Carbon Smart, we encourage you to do something a little different in 2017. Rather than going for the […]

What is your business doing to reduce climate impact?

Businesses are in the best position to influence leaders and reduce climate impact Businesses are in the best position to influence political leaders and government. Ban Ki-moon’s, Secretary General of the United Nations, key message at COP 22 was to urge businesses to increase their climate commitment. He noted that “business have an enormous” role […]

5 tips for combating deforestation in the publishing industry

Deforestation is one of the biggest sustainability challenges of this generation. According to Green Action News, 80% of the earth’s forests have already been destroyed. This enormous issue is largely driven by the production of major commodities – including pulp and paper. In fact, the Environmental Paper Institute state that 42% of trees that get […]

More plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050

Recent aerial surveys of the great Pacific garbage patch by the Ocean Cleanup have revealed just how extensive plastic pollution is in our oceans, with large islands of debris now visible from space. The environmental implications of plastic use on a global scale have, for the most part, not been considered until recently, which has […]

Paris Agreement – entering a low-carbon era

The Paris Climate Agreement is a landmark deal in the fight to mitigate the effects of climate change. The agreement crossed the threshold on 5 October 2016 after being ratified by over 55 countries and with over 55% of global emissions reached. The Paris Agreement, signed by 191 countries, will now enter into force in 30 […]

Resource efficiency toolkit update

Good news for businesses in the North West – Carbon Smart has just completed work with Business Growth Hub (BGH) to update the award-winning Online Efficiency Toolkit they use with the latest greenhouse gas conversion factors. This ensures that SMEs working with BGH receive accurate and up-to-date figures on environmental savings from efficiency improvements. As […]

Post ESOS: When to act

In our opinion, businesses should act now to make compliance with ESOS phase two straightforward and cost effective.  Of the 100+ business we worked with on ESOS compliance – only a handful had robust enough data to meet the requirements of the regulation ahead of our work with them.  Moreover, only 6% (369) of the […]

COP21 was a success. Here’s why

Never have such a large number of Heads of State been brought together before as were present at the Paris Climate Conference. That climate is the topic that got all of these countries to come together for the first time is the ultimate proof, if we still needed one, that sustainability and climate change are […]

COP21: one week in

Five days of COP21 have gone by: negotiators have managed to draft a 21-page agreement and leave the floor to country ministers to move the talks forward this week. Here are a few links to sure you are up to date.   Summary of each day from Edie Day 1: talks by country leaders lasted […]

COP21: a few links to look at before it all begins

As Monday hails the start of COP21, we’ve put together a few articles, webcasts and online tools to make sure you are up to date with the conference before it all begins.   Businesses lay out key Paris proposals to avoid ‘zombie’ scenario ‘We Mean Business, a coalition of influential businesses and investors controlling assets […]

COP21: why should you care?

Whilst the sustainability world is buzzing with the COP acronym, companies don’t necessarily see what the fuss is all about. Why should businesses care about COP21? A recent PwC survey estimated that only 46% of CEOs think an agreement in Paris would drive action on climate change, showing that a large part of companies are […]

New ESOS enforcement date ‘gives’ more time to companies that need to comply

Companies that are still working on their ESOS compliance or are struggling to find a Lead Assessor still available before 5 December can panic a little less: the Environment Agency stated in its last newsletter that companies falling under the scheme should ‘Not normally expect [the EA] to take enforcement action for late notification provided […]

COP21: a crucial event to rethink our ambitions

The end of the year will be eventful for the sustainability world as COP21, the international conference on climate change, starts in less than 60 days. The conference’s outcome has been disappointing in the past: in Copenhagen in 2009, where world leaders couldn’t come to an agreement for action, and in other conferences where targets […]

DECC proposes deep cuts to Feed in Tariff support

DECC have announced a consultation to review the Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme, by which the government provides financial support for renewable technologies – most notably solar panels. Currently the government pays the owner of the system for each kilowatt hour of electricity it generates; the owner also benefits from a tariff for each kilowatt […]

ESOS compliance is more straightforward with the Greenstone-Carbon Smart partnership

Since the announcement of our strategic partnership in March, Greenstone and Carbon Smart have assisted a growing number of organisations with reporting under the UK’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The joint ESOS proposition has ensured consistent end-to-end ESOS compliance for both organisations’ clients. ESOS is a mandatory energy audit compliance scheme set up by the […]

2015 conversion factors released – time to update your reporting

Carbon Smart has once again worked with Defra and DECC to put this year’s conversion factors online via their dedicated platform http://www.ukconversionfactorscarbonsmart.co.uk/. All organisations that report their greenhouse gas emissions should use them to calculate their carbon footprint for 2015. So what’s new for 2015? A 6.5% drop in the UK electricity generation factor compared […]

Empower Change in your organisation

Employee engagement and behaviour change are the single largest untapped opportunity in many organisations. We are passionate about supporting our clients to take these opportunities and to inspire action in this critical area, we have launched a guide called ‘Empower Change’, written by our Associate Director, Adam Woodhall. The guide has received excellent testimonials, including […]

Award winning programme is back for its 7th year!

The Office Friendly Dealers Association’s award winning So-Go-Eco programme is back for its 7th year! Delivered in partnership with Carbon Smart, the programme, designed specifically for Office Friendly members, helps participants to make financial savings, strengthen partner and customer relationships, attain environmental credentials and gain competitive advantage through marketing and communication support. So far on […]

Look out for the Heat Network Regulations this year

Heat suppliers should be on the lookout this year for a little-known piece of legislation – the heat network regulations. Heat suppliers for communal heating/cooling networks such as sheltered housing, halls of residence or rented accommodation with a shared source of heat, have until the 30th December to take action under the new Heat Network Regulations. Shopping centres […]

Carbon Smart announces partnership with software provider Greenstone to facilitate ESOS compliance

Carbon Smart are pleased to announce a new collaboration with Greenstone, provider of non-financial reporting software, to support clients throughout ESOS compliance. The new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) regulation requires large organisations to measure their total energy consumption over a period of 12 months and audit 90% of that energy before the end of […]