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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.

11:00am – 11:30am

11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 13:30pm

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

Book online for FREE at the MERIT website

Trade Waste & Cyber Crime Event October 30, 2008

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The BT Convention Centre hosted a dual event to keep Merseyside businesses up to date on the pressing issues of the environment and cyber crime.

The event, hosted by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce’s Business Crime Direct team, provided an exhibition showcasing environmental and trade waste companies and cyber crime and online fraud protection businesses.

The event saw guest speakers and panellists address the crowd on a wide range of environmental, trade waste and IT issues. Keynote speakers joined in highlighting the importance to businesses of tackling the green agenda before new legislation catches them out.

The day also highlighted how businesses could save money by being green. Frazer Kearney of the NWDA explained how turning off one light bulb would not only save the energy of that bulb, but would save twice the amount of energy again needed to send the power from the power plant to your office.

Companies were also told of how they could save money through reducing their materials usage, re-using and recycling, as it is often more cost effective than simply disposing of spent materials while the exhibition was able to link companies providing these services to potential clients.

The afternoon session focused on measures businesses can take to prevent themselves becoming victims of online fraud. Steve Jackson, Chair of the North West Fraud Forum opened the afternoon’s presentations by outlining the massive cost of online fraud, which is conservatively estimated as costing the country £14 billion a year, although some believe the total cost could be more than £70 billion.

For more information and advice on tackling online fraud and other IT issues, visit www.businesscrimedirect.org.uk, www.getsafeonline.org or www.northwestfraudforum.co.uk.

Free Waste Management Seminar For Construction Industry March 5, 2008

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waste-management-pic.jpgConstruction firms are being urged to take early action before the planned enforcement of Site Waste Management Plans (SWMPs) before April 2008. These plans are due to become a legal requirement for all construction projects over £300,000 on 6th April 2008. Waste reduction is increasingly important for environmental and financial reasons. It is best to reduce waste at source, either by better design, or by improving operational efficiency. This may include the re-use or recovery of materials.

SWMPs provide a structure for systematic waste management at all stages of a project’s delivery.

The key benefits to your business:

  • Provides structured approach to management and recycling on site
  • Reduces cost of waste management
  • Increase profit margins
  • Better control of regulatory risks relating to materials and wastes on site
  • Compliance of contractual needs of public and private sector clients
  • Help you to deal with any queries from environmental regulatory bodies

Colin Woods Associates will be delivering the presentation. So come along to this FREE event organised by Groundwork Merseyside to find out how you should implement a SWMP, and how you can save money by improving your environmental performance.

Wednesday 19th March 2008 8.30am – 11.30am at Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JE

• Email ashley.piper@groundwork.org.uk, or
• Phone the Groundwork Merseyside team on 0151 644 4700, or
Download this information and faxback form [PDF]

Green Business Event In Liverpool February 1, 2008

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Barclays is holding a Green Business event in Liverpool on the 28th February at the Marriot Hotel (South) from 8.30am until 1pm.

There will be networking opportunities after lunch. The event is intended for SMEs just starting out on the green path and will feature the renowned and inspirational speaker Rob Craven. The event is supported by Envirowise, Business Link, NWDA and ACCA.

If you are interested in attending this event, please visit: http://www.barclays.co.uk/seminars/greenbusiness/

Save Money With Vehicle Fuel Efficiency November 13, 2007

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Image of White VansCome to our fuel efficiency event on Tuesday 4 December.

Transport in the UK contributes 25% to our annual carbon emissions. That ranks if first for adverse impacts on the environment.

With the possibility of higher taxes on larger engines, the government’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation and diminishing oil reserves, can your business afford not to take action?

Come along to this Liverpool Chamber Environment Club event to find out what you can do to reduce business travel and increase fuel efficiency.


10.30am – 1pm

Furniture Resource Centre (FRC Group)
Atlantic Way
Brunswick Business Park
L3 4BE

To book your place:

Book online.

Email wirral.admin@groundwork.org.uk

Call the Groundwork EBS team on 0151 644 4720

Download and faxback this booking form.

All attendees also get a FREE Christmas lunch! Nom nom nom.