With the availability and supply security of carbon based fuels reducing and world consumption continually increasing, it is vital that energy is used as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The growing pressures of global warming and the introduction of strict carbon reduction targets means that organisations are being judged not only on their products and services, but increasingly on how their sustainability and green credentials measure up.
Areas that organisations should consider:
- Metering and monitoring of fuel consumptions
- Building fabric, insulation, heating & ventilation losses, solar gains
- Heating/Cooling/Ventilation systems and their controls
- Lighting systems and controls
- Occupancy profiles and temperatures
- Low & Zero carbon alternatives
Consult Yorkshire has consultants with years of experience in helping organisation plan and achieve very significant reductions in their energy consumption, which in turn saves them money that goes straight to the bottom line profit and improves their competitiveness.
Management of Waste
Waste is an inevitable consequence of any business process or service, minimising that waste requires good management and the ability to really understand the whole business processes, analysing where things can be done with less material, in a reduced time, more efficiently and effectively to give the same or improved outputs.
Areas to be considered are:
Procurement – buy in bulk or as part of a buying group. Source locally if possible to reduce transportation costs and carbon impact. Consider reclaimed or surplus material sources if appropriate.
Resource recovery – as part of an organisation’s sustainability policy it should embed recycling into its activities, we are all aware of paper, plastic and metals being recycled, but making use of food, wood, animal or organic waste to produce your alternative energy sources is a viable consideration.
Space utilisation – owning or renting business space is expensive, so maximising how and when this space is used can have a dramatic impact on an organisation’s profitability. Consider overall office densities, does everyone need a dedicated desk, pc, phone, storage space? Do they spend all their time in the office or are they out seeing customers?
Supply chain partnerships – building strong working relationships up and down the supply chain will save money, the tendering/bidding process adds vast costs to an organisation’s overhead. Building trusting relationships and negotiating repeatable business both up and down the chain will radically improve your overall performance.
Utilities – accurately measuring and managing the consumption of consumables such as electricity, gas, and water to minimise waste will give an immediate return, but reducing the occupancy temperature by just 1 degree it is possible to lower heating costs by around 8%.
Consult Yorkshire can help you put in place processes that drive the waste out of your business, helping to make it more profitable, sustainable, efficient and successful.