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‘Natural capital’ and What it Means to Society

Aarti Chamba In February, I attended an enlightening talk on natural capital presented by Nick Grayson at WSP. Nick demonstrated the impact small changes in our environment can have and the capacity at which they can negatively affect the earth’s ecosystem. The term refers to the earth’s ‘natural’ assets such as soil, air, water and

Safe In the Knowledge: The 2019 SBEN Environmental Legislation Update Event

By Judith Dix (Environmental Consultant and Trainer at ESP Ltd) I’d like to thank all of the delegates who came out to take part in the 2019 SBEN  Environmental Legislation Update Event at the gorgeous Rodbaston Hall in Staffordshire. This is the second year in a row I have run this event and, though nerve-wracking,

Environmental Compliance: Have you checked your insurance?

Recently, it came to our attention that a client had suffered a fire at inside their property due to waste self-combusting over night during the summer. When the client tried to claim for the damage caused, their insurers directed them to a clause within their contents insurance that stated that waste had to be removed

Yorkshire Dales National Park grants deepening of Swinden Quarry!

In December 2018, we were very excited to hear that the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority planning committee resolved to grant planning consent for the deepening of Swinden Quarry (subject to a S106 agreement). ESP conducted the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) for this project. Swinden Quarry, near Cracoe in North Yorkshire, has developed

ESP: Being an IEMA Training Centre

How does a person who is going to book onto an environmental course distinguish between just a training company and one that is: Professional Has a background in environmental expertise Can assure good value?   All of these qualities can be achieved by booking with an “IEMA Training Centre”.   To provide high standards of quality

Spotlight on Internal Environmental Auditing Course

An environmental management system (EMS) is a formal framework for improving environmental performance, managing risk and providing thought-out processes for efficient and leaner operations. When being proactive about management, the right thing for the environment doesn’t have to be the wrong thing for a business. An EMS is a powerful tool for reducing waste, energy,

My Day-to-Day Life at an Environmental Consultancy

ESP has been the perfect stepping stone towards fulfilling my career aspiration of becoming a Chartered Urban Planner since graduating from the University of Leicester with a 2.1 Honours Degree in Geography. Studying a Bachelor of Arts degree, I considered specialising in urban development and attained a place at the University of Birmingham in the

New Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)

As of April 2019, companies who hire a minimum of 250 employees or exceed an annual income of £360m and an annual balance sheet of £18m are legally required to announce their energy usage and carbon emissions.   The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations have been designed to simplify carbon and energy reporting

Karen Brewer Joins ESP as our Principal Quality Consultant

31st October 2017 We are very pleased to announce that Karen Brewer has joined our Environment Team as our Principal Quality Consultant. Karen is a highly experienced and competent consultant and auditor, with over 30 years experience of quality management in a local housing group. Karen has been an associate for ESP for several years,

Welcome to our Environment and Landscape Assistant 2017-2018

15th June 2017 ESP is proud to welcome our Environment and Landscape Assistant for 2017-2018, Keren Bucknall. Keren is studying BSc Geography at Coventry University and will be assisting both our landscape and environmental departments through a variety of projects over the coming year.

ESP Welcomes New Business Development Manager

9th February 2017 This month we are pleased to welcome Judith Dix to our team. Judith has an MSc in Environmental Consultancy and a BSc in Geology, as well as experience in the waste and minerals sectors. She joins the team to manage business development for ESP, cultivating opportunities and partnerships to support our Landscape and Environmental departments.

Wedgwood Achieves ISO 14001:2015

ESP has been working closely alongside Wedgwood who have been aiming to achieve ISO 14001:2015 and are proud to congratulate them on achieving their goal. This month, Wedgwood officially became ISO 14001:2015 certified and as such, can call their company environmentally friendly and save on running costs. Due to the scale of Wedgwood being a prestigious,

IEMA Auditing to ISO 14001:2015 Course

The revision of ISO 14001 in September 2015 provides an opportunity for organisations to further enhance environmental and sustainability performance. This one day course is specially designed for experienced environmental management systems (EMS) auditors, both internal and external, so they are able to undertake effective EMS audits. This will help organisations achieve the full benefits of

SBEN Launches LCBEP Providing ‘Free Specialist Low Carbon Advice’

28th September 2016 Staffordshire Business Environmental Network (SBEN) has launched the ‘Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme’ (LCBEP) which is designed to help businesses across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire reduce their carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency.   The project is part funded by the ERDF programme and delivered by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with

ESP launches UK’s first environmental sustainability course

The course, which covers everything from environmental risk to the opportunities of energy efficiency measures, is run through City & Guilds, with the help of Andrew Fletcher from partner organisation, Environmental Solutions through Partnership (ESP). The launch of the course has been described by industry experts as “a game-changer for sustainable business and a sustainable economy, reportedGreener Business. The

ESP Restoration scheme wins award

The ESP designed shceme at Ardley recently won the Overall Winner of the Innovation category in the MPA Biodiversity Awards for the work in partnership with Smiths Bletchington. DEFRA Minister, Lord de Mauley, praised members of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) for their valuable contribution to nature conservation at MPA’s prestigious Restoration and Biodiversity Awards at the Royal Society

Book Review: Promoting Sustainable Behaviour

This 62 page e-book is a concise and thoughtful explanation as to how sustainable behaviour can be achieved in households, whilst commuting and within organisations. Its chapters take you through a considered thought process, and by doing so, gives the reader an understanding as to why sustainability is not adopted, on the whole, intrinsically as a

Free ISO 14001 environmental management in social housing

The briefing will explain how a certified EMS can create efficiency savings and drivenvironmental performance in social housing organisations. A key feature of the event will be a business case presentation on ISO 14001 from Sandwell MBC, as well as insights into certification from SGS. The event will be held on Friday 7th June 2013 at Wolverhampton Science

ISO 14001 Cuts Costs

A survey of 100 firms by certification body NQA has revealed that working towards ISO 14001 certification helps organisations to cut costs by encouraging them to be more resource efficient. More than 80% of those surveyed confirm that they have benefited financially from actions to certify their environmental management system (EMS), including introducing recycling regimes, improving

Book Review: Plan for the Planet

Plan for the Planet looks at the Global threats to the planet and advocates the use of an interconnective plan to address these issues – wow! The attention to detail that the authors have taken in describing the mechanism of the plan and then how government, business and people can take part in the plan

A Practical guide for achieving CEnv Status – Book Review

There are many ways of becoming a Chartered Environmentalist through a diverse array of “environmental” Institutions all licensed to award CEnv by the Society for the Environment. This is a guide through one of the application process’ via the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). The e-book is a very easy read and

ESP Shortlisted as Best Sustainable Consultancy & Appoint New Chairman

ESP (Environmental Solutions through Partnership), the Environmental Consultancy based at Wolverhampton Science Park, is celebrating two events. Firstly, the Company has been shortlisted in the “Best Sustainable Consultancy of the Year” category at the National Inside Housing Sustainable Housing Awards to take place on the 21st October. Secondly, John Sharpe, the experienced leader of Environmental

*UPDATED* Sandwell Homes Nominated for EMAS Award

ESP are proud to announce that Sandwell Homes have been nominated for an EMAS award as the UK representative in recognition for the work they have carried out on resource efficiency in the Large Public Administration Category. The European EMAS Awards is the most prestigious award in environmental management and has been handed to top companies and

Sandwell Homes is 21st in Sunday Times Best Green Companies List 2010

Sandwell Homes has improved on their success of gaining 27th place in the 2009 Best Green Companies Award by gaining 21st place in the 2010 list. The list also demonstrated that they were also second in their sector of bigger companies with a lower impact. The list, which was published on this week, demonstrates how the

*UPDATED* SME’s gain 14001 standard EMS

ESP has recently worked both Lift & Engineering Services and Danescourt Roofing to help them to get an EMS to the standard of ISO 14001. These are both companies which went through the Going Green process at Sandwell Homes and were keen to make their processes even better and manage their risks in a more formal manner. Both

Eco Champions Gains Speed

 Sandwell Homes’ innovative Eco Champions campaign is starting to gain momentum. The campaign aims to highlight what residents can do to become more environmentally friendly. The project involves getting the volunteer residents to try out different environmental friendly technology to see what difference it has on their utility bills and the way they carry out their

Wolverhampton Homes Gains ISO 14001

Bateswood ESP are please to announce that Wolverhampton Homes has had their Environmental Management System (EMS) accredited to the international standard, ISO 14001:2001. This standard recognises the great work which Wolverhampton Homes has carried out to reduce their environmental risks and to comply with environmental legislation. It is thought that this recognition will have a dramatic effect

ESP Freecycles

Whilst making room in the office for new staff ESP has used an innovative website to dispose of some old furniture. Freecycle is a website where people can post unwanted items which other people collect free of charge. this means that the unwanted furniture can be disposed of in a more sustainable way. To make room for a new

ESP Gains More Staff

ESP has employed another graduate, this time to help with the development of the landscape architecture part of the business. Lynsey Brough, a recent graduate of Oxford Brookes University, will work with Keith Hampshire on all aspects of landscape architecture. ESP believe Lynsey, a part-time landcape student at Birmingham City University, will become an invaluable

Accord Gain EMAS

Accord Housing Association, a client of ESP’s, has announced at their AGM that they have achieved the European standard for Environmental Management Systems(EMS) by being verified to be part of the Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). This is achievement is a large step for both Accord and ESP as it is the highest level

ESP Offsets Emissions

ESP have again offset the CO2 emissions from the business mileage although this year we have also offset the emissions from the energy use [full detail within pdf]. Using the Carbon Calculator on CO2 Balance we calculated our CO2 emissions to be 11.242 tonnes, the majority of which came from our business mileage. Unlike a lot

Sandwell Homes wins WMCEE Awards

Sandwell Homes were runners up at the West Midlands Centre for Construction Excellence (WMCEE) Construction Excellence Awards 2008 in the category of Integration and Collaborative Working for Sustainability. ESP, who were instrumental in the development of Sandwell Homes’ EMS, congratulate them on their well deserved success. Moss Construction, another of ESP’s customers, were also short

Wolverhampton Homes

ESP in partnership with Bates Wood have been commissioned to develop an Environmental Management System (EMS) to ISO 14000 standard for Wolverhampton Homes. This system will be set up to integrate with the ISO 9000 quality system which is already in place at the ALMO. Wolverhampton Homes was constituted as an ALMO in 2005 out

Sandwell Homes gains three stars

Sandwell Homes, a major client of ESP’s, has recently been awarded the highest possible rating for an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) by the audit commission. This is recognised as a major milestone within the life of Sandwell Homes which was formed out of Sandwell Council in 2004. ESP would like to congratulate Brian Oakley,

ESP Expands

In another step forwards, ESP has employed a university graduate to help with environmental management. Richard Goodwin is a recent graduate of University of Wolverhampton where he gained a 2:1 in Environmental Science. Richard joined in late June 2008 as part of a graduate training scheme designed to provide him with all the skills to

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