Blog categories: Environmental

Power through the looking glass

Power through the looking glass

In August 2014, researchers at Michigan State University created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone’s screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell.

A transparent solar panel has been thought of an impossible product as to make an energy, the absorbing panel collects the photons (sunlight) through photovoltaics (traditional solar cells as seen on roof tops). The problem with a transparent material is that the light...

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Posted on: 08/06/2017 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Passing Environmentally

Passing Environmentally

One thing is certain in life, Death and taxes. We feel that people would get upset if we talk about taxes so we will stop right here.

Nobody likes looking forward to death but we can plan it. With the population continually increasing how are we going to control this capacity? We believe that to be buried in the future will be a luxury that could only be afforded by the rich and the famous.

The most popular and obvious choice is cremation. With 506,790 deaths recorded (England...

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Posted on: 05/01/2017 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Energy

Developing a New Realm for ISO14001 Certification

Developing a New Realm for ISO14001 Certification

Hi! My name is Saarah Khan and I am a Masters student at Cranfield University with a focus on Corporate Sustainability. I am grateful to be able to collaborate with AvISO Consultancy - a long-term partner of Cranfield University. Together with AvISO, I hope to be able to design...

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Posted on: 07/09/2016 By: Saarah Khan   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Next Generation Solar

Next Generation Solar

Traditional solar panels, in our opinion, are not the most aesthetically pleasing additions to a building. They are reminiscent of the satellite dish that plagued buildings up and down the county in the 80’s & 90’s. However, technology has a way of turning things around and good design can make things more appealing, functional and far better than before.

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk has announced the release of a ground breaking solar roof product. These new solar panels...

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Posted on: 23/08/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy

Benefits and Barriers to ISO Management Systems

Benefits and Barriers to ISO Management Systems

Getting a management system certified to ISO standard by a UKAS accredited certification body can offer a number of advantages to an organisation.There is lots written about why you should introduce a management system into your business and why you should put in all the hard work to get it certified to an ISO standard. So her is our take on the potential benefits and some of the barrier s you might face.

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Posted on: 20/07/2016 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental

EPC Data to be Publically Exposed

EPC Data to be Publically Exposed

Data collected from millions of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) is soon to be made public by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The data contained within the EPC will be available free to those wishing to download it.

 

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Posted on: 31/05/2016 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy

London’s 2020 Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ)

London’s 2020 Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ)

New vehicle emissions legislation is set to be introduced to London in 2020 with the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). This ULEZ is to cut down the amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in our capital city. Nitrogen dioxide is responsible for the beautiful sunsets in London with a reddish brown haze over the city. It may be beautiful to see but long-term exposure can lead to airway inflammation (in healthy people), increased respiratory symptoms in people with asthma and can cause eye irritation. So...

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Posted on: 26/05/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Energy

What is ISO 50001

What is ISO 50001

ISO 50001 defines the specifications for an Energy Management System. The standard lists 24 individual requirements to create a mechanism to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy cost. This standard will help you measure and better understand your energy, reduce carbon emissions and enable you to get more from less. ISO 50001 is increasing becoming a prerequisite for tenders so an essential for business development whilst, simultaneously, providing piece of mind that complex legislation...

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Posted on: 24/05/2016 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Management system

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Transition to 2015 Version

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Transition to 2015 Version

9001 and 14001 are changing but do not despiser all your hard work is not lost. The changes do not mean that you have to start again and, in our opinion, they offer a real opportunity to re-visit your Management System and increases its value to the business.


So just to be clear

• Quality - BS EN ISO 9001:2008, transitioning to BS EN ISO 9001:2015

There are other changes to the standard buy these are the new and Enhanced Requirements

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Posted on: 26/04/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Minimum Energy Standards In A Nut Shell

Minimum Energy Standards In A Nut Shell

Many of those involved with managing property have been aware of the approaching minimum energy standards for buildings. Now the regulation is here.
 
‘The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015’ was required by the Energy act 2011 and will bring about minimum energy standards for the first time. Organisations that have an  ISO14001 or ISO50001 management system will be adding this regulation to their legal register and...

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Posted on: 28/02/2016 By: Stan Rayfield    Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Changes to Hazardous Waste Regulations

Two aspects of the Hazardous Waste Regulations are changing on 1 April 2016, which you will need to prepare for:
 
• Producers of hazardous waste in England will no longer need to notify their premises with the Environment Agency

• The format of the unique consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will change
                  
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Posted on: 24/02/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Glossary of terms for ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001

Glossary of terms for ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001

International Standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits. They help to harmonise technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade. Conformity to International Standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment.

One thing Standards...

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Posted on: 01/02/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Integration, Management system

Dead line for ESOS - 29th January 2016

Dead line for ESOS - 29th January 2016

Extended deadline for ESOS / ISO50001


Due to Large companies who are eligible under the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) not completing their compliance notification by the 5th December 2015, the Government has had no choice but to “extend” the ESOS  submission date until the 29th January 2016. This will allow the large companies time to complete the audit process.

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Posted on: 14/01/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014

Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014

Legislation Update


Are you aware of the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 and what it might mean to your business?


When a landlord supplies more than one tenant within the same building, then it’s likely that ‘The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014’ will affect them. The dead line was on the 31st of December of last year and the landlord would have to notify the National Measurement Office (NMO) of any existing...

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Posted on: 12/01/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality

How many ISO Standards are there ?

How many ISO Standards are there ?

The International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) was first established in 1926 as the International Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA). As you can imagine, with the evolution of business and the number of people involved so has the necessity standards.
So the question is how many ISO are there? Well, at the last count, on the 05/01/2016, there was an amazing 21544 (https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#search). This number will have increased further by the time you...

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Posted on: 08/01/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ESOS Compliance Guidance

ESOS Compliance Guidance

What is ESOS?

ESOS stands for The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. It is an energy assessment and energy saving scheme.

ESOS has come about by the UK government in response to the requirements of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

It is believed that an estimated £1.6bn net benefits to the UK will be generated by the scheme, with businesses being the majority directly benefiting as a consequence of the energy savings.

Who is ESOS for?

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Posted on: 09/04/2015 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy

GREEN Grants for SME's IN THE SOUTH EAST!

GREEN Grants for SME's IN THE SOUTH EAST!

Two Green Funding Opportunities for SME’s in the South East

Grant 1: Save energy and cut costs with Low Carbon Workspaces

Do you have an SME with fewer than 250 staff, a turnover of less than £50 million and an annual energy spend of £1000 or more?

If the answer is ‘yes’ you could be eligible for £5000 match funded energy efficiency grants available for firms based in the South East.

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Posted on: 06/02/2015 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy

ISO Standards and SMEs

There is much rhetoric about how SMEs and their larger competitors will approach certification to ISO Standards and their subsequent levels success.

On this argument we are on the side of the SME. Research for a PhD, undertaken by Paul Stevens the Director of AVISO, showed that:

ISO 50001 & ESOS - Environmental Savings Opportunity Scheme

ESOS – A Brief Overview?

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the new UK regulation to ensure we comply with Article 8 (4) of the European Energy Efficiency Directive.

ESOS requires large* companies to carry out energy efficiency audits by 5th December 2015 and thereafter at least once every four years....

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Posted on: 17/11/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Management system

ISO 14001:2015 Changes

Our notes made listening to the ISO - International Organization for Standardisation discussion "Where are we at and what's new - ISO 14001:2015

The new standard to be live between July and September 2015! Advice from  Dr Anne-Marie Warris, chair of the ISO subcommittee (ISO/TC 207 /SC 1) responsible for ISO 14001, get started now!

Those without existing accredited certificate will be expected to pick up new standard and run with it as soon as it goes live....

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Posted on: 25/09/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

ISO 14001 is just one of the family

The ISO 14001 family of standards covers several aspects of environmental management. Between them they provide practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and manage their local and wider environmental impact whilst continually improving their environmental performance

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Posted on: 15/09/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

The Structure of ISO 14001:2015

As many people are aware ISO 14001, the world’s most popular environmental standard is changing. The final version is due in early 2015 but this doesn’t stop you preparing your business now with a final draft, and lots of supporting information, available. Please check out our earlier blog for more information.

There are two significant changes to be aware...

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Posted on: 01/08/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO DIS 14001:2014 Available for purchase

You can now purchase a copy of the, almost finished, copy of ISO 14001. This is made available for public comment but it also provides a fantastic opportunity to get one step ahead of the competition.

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Posted on: 04/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Management system

Preparing your organization for the 2015 ISO 14001 revision

BSI identifies the main changes to ISO 14001 Revision and how you can prepare your organization ahead of its publication in 2015.




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Posted on: 04/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

The 2015 ISO 14001 revision in more detail

BSI looks at the detail behind the ISO 14001:2015 Revision, what they might mean for ISO 14001 certified organisations and how to manage the changeover when the new standard is published in 2015

 

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Posted on: 04/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

Introducing the ISO 14001 Revisions

BSI explains the background to the ISO 14001:2015 Revision, what it may mean for ISO 14001 certified organisations and how to manage the changeover when the new standard is published in 2015.




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Posted on: 04/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

Cranfield University & AVSO MSc Research Project.

An abstract from the 2014 Cranfield MSc Research Project - Communicating Resource Use to Improve Energy Efficiency

In recent years, the need for energy consumption reduction and energy saving has become unambiguous. The levels of electricity consumption in commercial buildings have seen an increase during the last 20 years. Energy saving would help to reduce meaningless waste of energy and money. Attitude and Behavior Change of people is an essential factor in order to...

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Posted on: 03/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Management system

Cranfield University Wins Best MSc

Cranfield University ranked 1st in the UK for their MSc in Environmental Management for business

Last month Cranfield University was ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd in the world on the Master ranking site Best-Master.com...

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Posted on: 03/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy

Mix it up

Mix it up –Integrating management systems with internal process and each other

What is integration

An integrated management system is one that brings together all of a company's responsibilities and processes into one complete structure to remove duplication and improve efficiency.

Whether it is other International Standards,...

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Posted on: 29/05/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Energy or Environment

Energy or Environment – How to Choose between ISO 14001 & ISO 50001?

1 What is ISO?

ISO stands for "International Organisation of Standardisation" who are the world's largest developer of voluntary International Standards. The 19 000 standards published cover almost all aspects of technology and business including our environment and, if implemented correctly, provide tools for tackling many of today's global challenges.

2 Why go for an ISO?

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Posted on: 23/05/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Integration, Management system

What is ISO 14001

What is ISO 14001

ISO 14001: Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 is, in essence, a set of 21 requirements that, together, provide a framework to support organisations in improving their impact on the environment, reduce operational costs and win new business. This externally certified award demonstrates compliance to complex environmental legislation, a reduced environmental risk and a commitment to continually improving improve impacts on the environment.

ISO 14001 does not set targets...

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Posted on: 08/05/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Integration, Management system

What is ISO 50001

What is ISO 50001

ISO 50001: Energy Management

ISO 50001 defines the specifications for an Energy Management System. The standard lists 24 individual requirements designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy cost. This standard will help you measure and better understand your energy, reduce carbon emissions and enable you to get more from less.

ISO 50001 is increasing becoming a prerequisite for tenders so an essential for business development whilst, simultaneously, providing...

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Posted on: 28/04/2014   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Integration, Management system

AVISO: We're Back

After a short break we are back, refreshed and raring to go!

We will continue to write articles that we hope help and support everyone working with management systems, ISO Standards and UKAS accredited certification.

Some of our most read articles have been:

1 Why standards don't have to mean standardisation

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Posted on: 17/04/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system, On the lighter side

Revisions to ISO 14001

Latest Update on the Revisions to ISO 14001

There is a constant process of review for all management systems standards produced by the International Organisation for Certification (ISO). Among others, ISO is working on new versions of both 14001...

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Posted on: 13/03/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

ISO 14001 Objectives and Targets

Section 4.3.3 of ISO 14001 – Objectives and Targets

ISO 14001 requires an organisation to establish and maintain documented objectives and targets. Elements to consider when establishing these objectives and targets include:

  • Keeping them S.M.A.R.T
  • Relevant legal requirements and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes

ISO 14001 Legal Requirements

Section 4.3.2 of ISO 14001 - Legal and Other Requirements

This element of ISO 14001 is succinct and to the point. It requires an organisation to establish and maintain a procedure for identifying and providing access to legal requirements applicable to its activities, products, or services. Further, if the organisation subscribes to other requirements – such as voluntary agency or industry requirements...

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Posted on: 12/03/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

ISO 14001 Environmental Aspects

ISO 14001 Environmental Aspects

Section 4.3.1 of ISO 14001 - Environmental Aspects

"Fail to plan and plan to fail" is an appropriate adage to keep in mind when setting up an environmental management system (EMS) that conforms to ISO 14001. After defining the environmental policy, planning is the next important step in the ISO 14001 process.

The planning process begins with the identification...

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Posted on: 07/03/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Management system

ISO 14001 Environmental Policy

ISO 14001 Environmental Policy

Section 4.2 of ISO 14001 - Environmental Policy

A well-structured environmental management system (EMS) is predicated upon a strong environmental policy that is set by top management. Anyone who has worked in the business world knows how important top-management commitment is. Without it, the best-lain plans are often doomed for failure. The crafters of the ISO 14001 standard recognised...

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Posted on: 28/02/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Management system

ISO 14001 General Requirements

Section 4.1 of ISO 14001 - General Requirements

Section 4.1 of ISO 14001 is brief and to the point. Essentially, the section requires an organisation to establish and maintain and environmental management system (EMS) that conforms to the requirements detailed throughout the rest of section 4 - the mandatory...

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Posted on: 22/02/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

Environmental Management Systems

ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems Specification

ISO 14001 is the most widely recognised environmental standard. It was finalised and issued as a first edition in September 1996, re-issued in 2004 and is awaiting its next update, which is expected in 2015. It is a specification standard, which means that organisations which conform to its requirements can become registered to the standard. ISO 14001 was written as a consensus standard with nearly 50 countries participating....

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Posted on: 17/02/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Management system

The ISO 14000 Family

An Introduction to ISO and the ISO 14000 Family: ISO 14001, 4, 10, 11.....42

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has been a leader in the international technical arena for half a decade. “ISO” is commonly used when referring to the organisation and its standards, but the term “iso” is actually a Greek word meaning “equal”....

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Posted on: 08/02/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Quality, Management system

Salmon and Sustainability

Salmon and Sustainability: Understanding the rationale for sustainable initiatives, it shouldn't be an uphill struggle

Our previous blogs have highlighted examples of the effects of poor understanding of sustainability. Many change efforts fail because they lack clarity about the underlying rationale and purpose. Organisations that are leading the way toward sustainability make extensive efforts to clearly understand the end goals. This requires lucidity about what sustainability involves.

One...

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Posted on: 03/02/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability

Institutionalise sustainability

Sustainability Blunders – 7 of 7 - Failure to institutionalise sustainability

The ultimate success of any sustainability initiative is found when sustainability based thinking, perspectives and behaviour are incorporated into the everyday operating procedures and culture of an organisation. As long as the organisation's policies and procedures remains at odds with sustainability, risks are high that old thinking and behavioural patterns will eventually rise up and overwhelm efforts...

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Posted on: 27/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Management system

Mechanisms for learning

Sustainability Blunders – 6 of 7 - Insufficient mechanisms for learning

People ultimately learn by doing and by judging results. When employees are given few opportunities to test new ideas, and when few rewards are provided for those who do so, not much learning will occur.


A lack of continually expanding knowledge and understanding makes it difficult for organisations to learn how to overcome the many barriers they will face as they transition from...

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Posted on: 17/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality

ISO 3103:1980

Want to know how to make a cup of tea? There is an ISO standard to tell you how, ISO 3103:1980: Preparation of liquor for use in sensory tests.

ISO say:

"The method consists in extracting of soluble substances in dried tea leaf, containing in a porcelain or earthenware pot, by means of freshly boiling water, pouring of the liquor into a white porcelain or earthenware bowl, examination of the organoleptic properties of the infused leaf, and of the liquor...

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Posted on: 16/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system, On the lighter side

Poor communication

Sustainability Blunders – 5 of 7 - Lack of information and poor communication

Organisations cannot transform themselves unless most employees and even key stakeholders are willing to actively support and participate in the effort. Meaningful involvement often requires changing routines, adding extra duties and making other personal sacrifices. People will resist these changes unless they clearly understand the need, purpose, strategies and expected outcomes of the effort and believe...

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Posted on: 10/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality

Cause and effect

Sustainability Blunders – 4 of 7 - Confusion over cause and effect

A problem cannot be solved if you do not know what it is. Similarly, it is impossible to know if a problem has been solved if you confuse its cause and effect. This is the position many organisations find themselves in today. They believe they know the solutions to their environmental and related social welfare problems, but they don't actually know what causes the problems in the first place. Lacking...

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Posted on: 03/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Management system

Sustainability

Sustainability blunders - 3 of 7 - No clear vision of sustainability

One of the most consistent traits that appear in high-performance organisations is broad-based clarity on what they are striving to achieve. Exemplary organisations are exceptionally clear about their purpose. Purpose is defined by clear visions of the ideal condition they want to achieve in the future. Purpose is also defined by principles that serve as decision-making mechanisms that guide movement...

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Posted on: 21/12/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Management system

CSR

Sustainability Blunder 2: Implementing a 'Siloed' approach to Environmental, Social and Cooperate Responsibility

Because their primary frame of reference is the linear take-make-waste economic model, traditional management-training programmes promote a mechanistic approach that views organisations as collections of separate parts that can each be managed independently. Thus, the design and purchasing departments operate more or less independently from the manufacturing,...

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Posted on: 14/12/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration

Complying with legislation

Sustainability blunders – 1 of 7 - Thinking that simply complying with legislation will be sufficient

Organisations often feel that they are successfully managing their environmental issues by doing what the government has ordered. This is a patriarchal approach to governance. The patriarchal view holds that there are clear vertical lines of authority in any social system. Information flows upwards to those at the top, who have the sole responsibility for decisions...

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Posted on: 06/12/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability

ISO 14001 Motivations & Barriers

Motivations and Barriers to the Implementation Environmental Management Systems in SMEs – A review of the literature.

It is possible that differences may exist between the obstacles and motivations experienced by large organisations and the smaller organisations that fall within the category of SME when undertaking the decision to improve their environmental management. Managers within SMEs may have different opinions and concerns related to their individual strengths and weaknesses...

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Posted on: 29/11/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Quality, Management system

Environmental Management.

A Brief Background to Environmental Management

For any business the most important factors for survival are to remain profitable, competitive and increase market share. However, with green consumerism playing an ever larger part in the world economy, businesses must treat their operational impact on the local and wider environment as a fundamental aspect of policy development and organisational behaviour and demonstrate engagement through better environmental management.

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Posted on: 22/11/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Management system

Growth of ISO 14001

Growth of ISO 14001

Annual Percentage Growth in ISO 14001 Certification Across Europe since 1999

A picture says a thousand words, so this week we are posting three. All about the number of organisations certified to ISO 14001 and its growth since 1999

Number 3. Annual Percentage Growth in ISO 14001 Certification Across Europe since 1999

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Posted on: 08/11/2013 By: Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

Growth of ISO 14001

Growth of ISO 14001

The Total Number of UK organisations Certified to ISO 14001

A picture says a thousand words, so this week we are posting three. All about the number of organisations certified to ISO 14001 and its growth since 1999

 

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Posted on: 08/11/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

Growth of ISO 14001

Growth of ISO 14001

The Total Number of Organisations Certified to ISO 14001

A picture says a thousand words, so this week we are posting three. All about the number of organisations certified to ISO 14001 and its growth since 1999.

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Posted on: 08/11/2013 By: Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

Benefits to ISO Management Systems

Barriers and Benefits to ISO Management Systems

Getting a management system certified to ISO standard by a UKAS accredited certification body can offer a number of advantages to an organisation.

There is a lot written about why you should introduce a management system into your business, and why you should put in all the hard work to get it certified to an ISO standard. So here is our take on the potential benefits, and some of the...

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Posted on: 29/10/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Management system

Revisions to ISO 14001

Latest update on ISO 14001 revisions from AVISO – SMART, integrated and the wider environment

The working group at The International Organisation for Standardisation responsible for the revisions to ISO 14001:2015, met on 6th - 11th October in Bogota, Colombia. It was agreed that a draft text will be sent to all national standards bodies for a three month...

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Posted on: 21/10/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Management system

Environmental Management

Environmental Management - What does it mean?

Starting with what is key, for any business the most important factor for survival is to remain profitable, competitive and increase market share. However, with green consumerism playing an every larger part in the world economy businesses must treat their operational impact on the local and wider environment as a fundamental aspect of policy development and demonstrate engagement in this through better environmental management (Aiyub et...

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Posted on: 18/10/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Management system

ISO Certification

Making a business case for ISO certification

Certification to an ISO standard should not just be a tick-box exercise – it should also always offer real and measurable value to your business.

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Posted on: 08/10/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO Standards

ISO Standards - the opportunities and benefits for integration of management systems

Introduction

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is aware that an essential requirement of management systems is their ability to be integrated with one another. A rapidly growing number of organisations are undertaking certification for multiple standards, particularly Click here to read more...

Posted on: 26/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Who or What is ISO?

Who or What ISO

ISO stands for "International Organisation of Standardisation" who are the world's largest developer of voluntary national and International Standards. The 19 000 standards published cover almost all aspects of technology and business including our environment and, if implemented correctly, provide tools for tackling many of today's global challenges.


"ISO International Standards provide practical tools for tackling many of...

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Posted on: 21/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Management system

Carbon & Energy Reduction

Carbon and energy reduction - taking the first critical step

The reduction of carbon emissions is now firmly on the agenda for every business. Many firms are cottoning on to the reality that lower emissions are not only environmentally and socially desirable but a financial imperative. Changes in political and public mindsets, legislation and energy costs mean that the companies from all sectors must embrace low energy techniques and be pro-active in its energy reduction methods. The...

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Posted on: 15/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Management system

Certification & Accreditation

UKAS & ISO Standards - What's the difference between certification and accreditation, and why is it important?

Put simply, a companies management system is certified to the relevant Standard by an accredited assessment body. In our opinion this should be a UKAS accredited body.

"UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provied certification, testing,...

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Posted on: 12/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Management system

ISO/CD 9001:2013

Draft version of ISO 9001 (ISO/CD 9001:2013) is now available online

The moment we've been waiting for! The draft version of IS0 9001 (which is currently undergoing revision for release in 2015) has now been made available for purchase.

Whilst the document will certainly be subject to change following the review period, those eager to understand the nature and scale of changes they should expect can download the document for around £26. The standards follow a new structure...

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Posted on: 11/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Academic & industrial Synergies

Developing synergies between academia and industry for resource efficiency and sustainability

This post provides a synopsis of a piece of work AVISO project managed. A Cranfield University Environmental management for Business MSc student was engaged to work with a top 50 ranked law firm based in London who AVISO has worked with for a number of years.


The project aims where to support this...

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Posted on: 03/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Management system

ISO 14001 Nonconformities

Research into ISO 14001 – Where are nonconformities most likely to come from?

This post provides an overview of the work done for a PhD thesis by Paul Stevens.

This work helped us build the platform we now operate from in supporting our clients implement and manage their ISO certification. It is this approach to management systems that makes us truly stand out from traditional consultants. AVISO...

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Posted on: 02/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Changes to ISO 14001

How will the ISO 14001 environmental management standards change?

In our previous article, we described how ISO 14001 is going through a number of changes, based...

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Posted on: 29/08/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Integration, Management system

Changes to ISO 14001 & ISO 9001

ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 are changing. What will it mean for your business?

ISO standards are reviewed every few years to make sure they still provide genuine benefit to your business. ISO9001:2008 the Quality Management Systems and ISO14001:2004 the Environmental Management Systems are currently going through this process...

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Posted on: 22/08/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Quality, Management system

Categorising ISO 14001

Categorising  ISO 14001

Categorising Companies – ISO 14001 If size doesn't matter what does?

This week we would like to provide an introduction to the kind of research AVISO is involved in. In practical terms, this kind of work helps us improve the quality of advice and support we can offer to the companies we work with. If you would like any more information on this piece of work, or other research projects AVISO...

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Posted on: 14/08/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Quality, Management system

Standards & Standardisation

Standards & Standardisation

Why standards don't have to mean standardisation

Every organisation is different, but many consultants seem to forget this when they embark upon an ISO certification contract. They'll give you out of the box frameworks to "install" in your own organisation. At first this might seem organised, credible and prepared. But does it make life easier in the long run?

We don't think so.

We believe that the way to make ISO really valuable, is to tailor the approach to your organisation...

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Posted on: 08/08/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO Certification - does size mater?

ISO Certification - does size mater?

ISO Certification - does size mater? Not when it comes to ISO Management Systems

Small to medium sized enterprises, or SME's, make up 99% of the business in the UK. The category includes sole traders through to firms with a turnover of 250 million Euros. However, sweeping assumptions are still being made about this diverse and multifaceted group.

A common example of this misconception is that SMEs will struggle over their larger competitors when it comes to their ability to achieve...

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Posted on: 26/07/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Management system

AVISO Consultancy - we're up and running!

AVISO Consultancy - we're up and running!

We're delighted to announce that Aviso Consultancy is officially up and running. As part of our shiny new social media presence, we've decided to take a different approach to most. Instead of telling you how fantastic we are and why you should join us, we aim to deliver content that is valuable to you. In short, we want to help you understand and gain the benefits of ISO certification and improved environmental management.

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Posted on: 26/07/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system, On the lighter side

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