Green Initiatives

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Emerald Group’s clients increasingly seek to ensure that their real estate development and maintenance is sustainable; with a concomitant concern about the environmental impact of their business as a whole. Accordingly, they actively seek to decrease their energy consumption, waste generation and carbon footprint (amongst other metrics) of their operations

We recognise that sustainable development encompasses a broad tapestry of complex factors including social, economic, environmental, ethical and technical and are happy to assist clients with options analysis and the development of tailored solutions to meet their own requirements

We are developing an increasing expertise in this area and are augmenting our engineering skills, training our staff and increasing our domain knowledge to meet the challenges we face as a society

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Environmental Reporting

Updates to the Companies Act 2006 with the ‘Strategic Report and Directors’ Report Regulations 2013; which came into affect in April this year, make it mandatory that “Quoted” organisations include in their Directors’ reports information about greenhouse gas emissions. Directors are also required to report on the impact that the activities of their business have on the environment and, where appropriate, include key performance indicators

Some public bodies and Local Authorities are also required to report on these matters an other organisations may, of course, choose to voluntarily report on a range of environmental issues including greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption

It is important to realise that organisations can benefit from the measurement and reporting of environmental performance in a number of ways:

Identifying opportunities to reduce energy consumption and hence costs
Provide greater understanding of the risk exposure resulting from climate change
Demonstrate leadership and forward thinking
Increase market credibility via an enhancement of “green credentials”
Provides a link between environmental and financial performance

The Environment Agency and The Institute of Chartered Accountants, amongst other, have provided guidance as to the scope and manner of reporting to meet the regulations

We recommend that the data included in reports should adopt the following principles and should be:

  • Relevant
  • Quantitative
  • Accurate
  • Complete
  • Consistent
  • Comparable
  • Transparent

We further suggest that businesses should establish KPI’s for:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Water consumption
  • Waste produced
  • Material and resource use efficiency
  • Bio-diversity and eco-system services
  • Emissions to air, land and water

A good way of meeting these requirements is to establish an Environmental Management System that meets the requirements of ISO 14000. Consideration of these matters should also include consideration of both the upstream and downstream supply chains. Your suppliers may have an environmental impact that is greater than your own and the way in which you supply your product or services may place an environmental ‘burden’ on your customers

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Emerald and its partners can help you

Heat recovery, solar PV, LED lighting and ‘smart’ control systems are some of the ways in which services installations can support ‘Green Agenda’ initiatives. Moreover, harvesting opportunities for energy saving need not wait for refurbishment projects to be started; real savings may be available as part of medium and long-cycle maintenance programmes

Recent examples of our positive contribution to client aspirations in reducing energy consumption include:

  • A re-lamping programme for the head office premises of a financial services client that realised a 28% energy reduction, whilst extending the life of the luminaires and hence the frequency (and cost) of medium cycle maintenance
  • A design proposal to replace the lighting installation for a mission critical industrial facility operating 365/24/7 that, when implemented, will yield a 50% reduction in energy consumption and save some 56 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Should the client also choose to deploy ‘smart’ controls; these gains will increase further