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Business And The Environment Courses Now Booking February 11, 2009

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green_leaf_detailLiverpool Chamber, in partnership with Emerging Solutions who specialise in Waste Management Solutions, Staff Training & Environmental Consultancy, has developed a selection of courses to respond to the specific needs of business.

These high value courses are competitively priced and are specifically designed to have a positive effect on the bottom line of your organisation.

Environmental Champion

This course is for individuals within an organisation who have concerns for the environment and their interaction with it. This course will give attendees the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle environmental issues such as energy management, waste reduction, pollution control, transport issues and water use in the workplace. The course focuses on the benefits of reducing the environmental impact of an organisation and how all individuals can contribute towards this.

Duration: 1 day
Date:  20th March 2009
Cost: £230* per delegate
Book online here.

Environmental Awareness
This course is for Managers or Employers who are responsible for developing and implementing an organisation’s environmental policies and practices.  The content covers environmental issues (pollution, energy, waste, water and transport), legal issues, and environmental standards and how to achieve them.  This course lays the foundations for an organisation to start the process of building an Environmental Management System.

Duration: 1 day
Date:  2nd April 2009
Cost: £230* per delegate
Book online here.

Environmental Policy & Environmental Management Systems

Over 45% of North West Businesses do not have an Environmental Policy in place . This course will show Managers how to start developing and implementing an Environmental Policy and EMS, introduce practical tools useful for development, investigate potential problems and highlight the many Company benefits of developing an Environmental Policy and EMS.

Duration: 1 day
Date:  23rd April 2009
Cost: £230* per delegate
Book online here.

Cost Savings for Small Businesses
Stay in the black by becoming green. This course covers the bottom line and as such is aimed at all Managers with fiscal control. Topics covered include tax concessions, government grants, transport initiatives, utility savings, supply chain savings, and cost reduction services. If you want to reduce your running costs, this is the course for you.

This course offers a free 1 hour consultation with
an Environmental Auditor for your business.

Duration: 1 day
Date:  30th April 2009
Cost: £320* per delegate
Book online here.

Bookings can also be made by contacting the Chamber Business Skills team on 0151 224 1888.

*SkillWorks funding is available for eligible SMEs – please call the Mersey Skills Network team for further information on reducing the cost of your training by half!

E mail: info@merseyskills.co.uk or call the team on Tel: 0151 224 1888.

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Free Workshop To Help You Win Tenders February 10, 2009

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treeThe Sports Suite at the JJB Stadium, Wigan
Thursday 23rd April between 8.30am and 11.30am

Are you meeting your Clients’ Environmental Expectations?

Public and Private sector clients are increasingly demanding that environmental and social issues be included in tender proposals and those organisations that ignore this or do not know how to address the problem will increasingly fail to win new work.

As part of the Building the Foundations Project 2009 ConstructionSkills in conjunction with the Federation of Master Builders are offering NW companies the opportunity to access advice and support to help companies realise the benefits that implementing an Environmental Standard such as ISO 14001 can bring.

The Programme will provide you with;

  • An overview of ISO 14001 requirements
  • CD with a step by step guide to implementation
  • A draft action plan for implementation
  • A provision of templates for required documents and examples of completed documents (register of legislation, aspects and impacts assessment, management programme etc..
  • An overview of the ISO 14001 Certification process
  • An overview of follow up support
  • Details of any funding that is available to assist with this process

Note; The ISO 14001 standard has many overlaps with the ISO 9001 standard and as such it is relatively straightforward to integrate the two systems if you are already working towards ISO 9001.

This free of charge ½ day workshop will be held in The Sports Suite at the JJB Stadium, Wigan on Thursday 23rd April between 8.30am and 11.30pm. Refreshments will be served from 8.00am.
We anticipate that demand for this workshop will be high therefore places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To register a place on the programme workshop, please contact Julie Lawrenson, Mobile; 07876 130558 or email Julie.lawrenson@cskills.org

NW Business Environment Awards January 20, 2009

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nbea_awards_logo_cmyk_2009Calling all Green Heroes
The Northwest Business Environment Awards 2009

Celebrating its seventh year of recognising the crème-de-la-crème of this region’s environmentally-aware businesses, the Northwest Business Environment Awards (NWBEA) 2009 is once again on the search for the region’s green business heroes.

The event is a celebration of businesses who are putting the environment at the heart of their company’s success. The finest environmentally-conscious businesses, both large and small, across all sectors in Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire are invited to submit an application to the 2009 awards.

Entry to the Northwest Business Environment Awards 2009 is free, via a simple application form, that can be downloaded from http://www.merseybasin.org.uk.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are invited to enter the 2009 awards in more than five different categories that include the Built Environment, Best Environmental Practice, Sustainable Procurement and Environmental Champions.

The closing date for entries is 2nd February, 2009. Alternatively you can nominate a business supplier or client from the region that you believe should be considered an Environmental Champion.

The NWBEA 2009 winners will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony to take place in summer 2009.

Liverpool Chamber Has The Green Edge January 14, 2009

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treeThe city of Liverpool has officially declared 2009 to be the Year of the Environment.

Liverpool Chamber is fully committed to this initiative and is doing its bit to promote environmentally responsible business practices.

Since 2006 when we signed the Northwest Climate Change Charter Liverpool Chamber has been committed to raising awareness of the climate change agenda among members.

We are working closely with local businesses and agencies to develop an action plan to take forward the environment agenda in the city region.  An Environment and Energy Committee exists at the Chamber to identify members’ issues and to influence key decision-makers.

In the future we are committed to providing support for businesses to help mitigate environmental risks and exploit the opportunities of a low carbon economy.

Some useful services:

•    A tender alert service helping to source local suppliers to reduce your carbon footprint.
•    Environmental training – covering everything from how to write an environmental policy to achieving a recognised environmental standard.
•    Chamber Utility Auditing – a service to help reduce gas, water and electricity bills.
•    Environment themed events and activities.
•    Information on environmental legislation
•    Signposting to other agencies that can help.

For many years the Chamber has adopted a reduce, recycle and re-use policy. We are making changes in our offices to ensure lights, computers, air-conditioning and water heating are turned off when the office is empty and hope to achieve an environmental quality standard in this the Year of the Environment.

For more information about our environmental policies, please email our Policy Department.

Northwest Business Environment Awards 2009 November 27, 2008

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Green Logo CMYKBusinesses of all shapes and sizes are now being invited to enter the 2009 Northwest Business Environment Awards.

They can nominate themselves, via a simple application entry form, in one or more of the following award categories:

  • Best Environmental Practice (products and service)
  • Built Environment
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Environmental Innovation and Environmental Champions.

The awards are a great way to let customers and staff hear about your hard work. Winning an award can help raise profiles and boost reputations as well as gaining recognition from the high-profile media and marketing campaign.

Previous finalists have all cited the awards as a great opportunity to demonstrate their green credentials.

Entry to the awards is free and easy, and I have taken the liberty of attaching the entries forms. Entry can be made online at the Mersey Basin website.

If you would like to discuss your entry in more detail, please contact the Mersey Basin Campaign direct on 0161 242 8200.

Closing date for entries is February 2nd 2009.

Reuse, Recycle, Recover – Free MERIT Event November 18, 2008

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wall-e_1a_900MERIT’s next free event looks at the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. This came into force in January 2007 and aims to both reduce the amount of WEEE being produced and encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it. The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.

If you are an importer, rebrander or manufacturer of new electrical or electronic equipment then it’s likely that you will need to comply with the UK’s WEEE Regulations, which in part implement the WEEE Directive. If you do need to comply, then you must register on a producer compliance scheme.

This event will provide information and advice on complying with the WEEE Regulations and challenge you to think about the environmental consequences before deciding to replace equipment. Do you really need to buy a new product or could you buy a refurbished product instead. If you have working equipment that you no longer need, could you think about passing it on to others instead of throwing it away?

Also covered within the seminar, will be an update on the Batteries Directive which will affect businesses that produce, supplies or disposes of batteries and accumulators. If you manufacture or design battery powered products, you will need to ensure that the batteries can be removed from the products and supply instructions on how to remove them.

Registration
11:00am – 11:30am

Presentation
11:30am – 12:30pm

Lunch/Networking
12:30pm – 13:30pm

Venue
ICDC Lecture Theatre
Liverpool Innovation Park
2nd Floor Faraday House
360 Edge Lane
Liverpool
L7 9NJ

Book online for FREE at the MERIT website

Last Chance To Take Part In The Environment And Energy Efficiency Survey! August 11, 2008

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Over the past several weeks all our members will have received an email from David Frost, Director General of the BCC inviting you to take part in the Environment and Energy Efficiency Survey.  This is survey will provide an important understanding of energy usage and the implications of the Environmental Agenda on businesses.

The survey takes only 10 minutes to complete but will provide an important snap shot of business opinion.

Please help us to represent your views accurately by taking the survey here.

Carbon Footprint Assessment Workshop July 31, 2008

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12pm – 4pm 23 October 2008

What’s the carbon footprint of your company? If like most companies, you don’t know, come along to this workshop organised by the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Groundwork Merseyside, which is designed to empower you to measure and reduce your carbon footprint.

How will it benefit my business?

The main benefits associated with carrying out a Carbon Footprint Assessment are:

–    Cost savings identified as a result of improving business resource efficiency
–    Improved company image & improved corporate social responsibility credentials
–    Accessing new contracts
–    Achievement of stakeholder demands
–    Integration with existing Environmental Management System
–    Improved supply chain management

What is a Carbon Footprint Assessment?

A Carbon Footprint Assessment is a method of calculating the direct impacts your business has on greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Footprint Assessment Tool (CFA) devised by Groundwork Merseyside looks at the following aspects of your business:

–    Staff Travel
–    Business Travel
–    Energy use
–    Water use
–    Waste production

The Carbon Footprint Assessment will then produce a reading specific to your business, enabling you to measure what your current impact is, benchmark that impact and set in place an action plan to minimise your impact over time. The CFA report will include information on carbon offsetting, renewable technology and green energy supplies.

Cost

This seminar gives you the tools to calculate your own carbon footprint, and costs only £7:50 to cover administration

Please come prepared!

In preparation for the Carbon Footprint Assessment Workshop please ensure that you bring the following information:

12 monthly bills for the following (if applicable):
–    Electricity
–    Gas
–    Fuel oil
–    LPG
–    Waste Transfer Notes
–    Waste for recycling
–    Water

In addition to the above we need information on staff and business travel.  Forms for this will be provided on registration.

This information is essential to the accuracy of the carbon footprint calculation and will enable you to carry out an accurate Carbon Footprint Assessment during the workshop.

You can also come prepared by downloading and completing these two forms to help us assess your travel costs.

Business travel records

Staff travel records

Book your place

You can book via the Chamber’s main website or by contacting Esther in the Policy department on 0151 227 1234 or by emailing esther.sumner@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Get Ready For Display Energy Certification July 4, 2008

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  • Do you occupy a public building of more than 1000m2? and
  • Is your building occupied or part-occupied by a public authority or institution providing a public service? and
  • Is your building visited by large numbers of the general public?

If so, from October 1st 2008 the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive makes it compulsory for you to have a Display Energy Certificate (DEC). This rates the operational performance of your building in terms of CO2 emissions. You also need an advisory report, which highlights cost effective measures you can implement to improve energy performance.
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Free Climate Change And SME Workshop June 17, 2008

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26 June 2008

Climate 2ºC warmer…
Oil at $129 a barrel
What will it mean for business?

Climate change and resource scarcity will have major eff ects on business.

Understanding how such global changes might aff ect you and your client’s business remains a
difficult if not impossible task.

The University of Liverpool is hosting an authoritative workshop bringing together experts from a range of disciplines to address the threats and opportuniti es presented by these changes and how SMEs and business leaders can prepare for the future.

Make sure you know what is on the horizon and sign up today using the attached booking form or mailing: frazer.kearney@liv.ac.uk

For more info visit: www.liv.ac.uk/swimmer

Download information and booking form [PDF]