Sustainable Business Network

Biodiversity Revisited - Virtual Event

Friday 4 November 09:30 am-11:00 am, Free Registration

 

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Making the most of the natural environment to boost employees' experience and mental welfare at the workplace.

During the pandemic lockdown, we first explored the importance of biodiversity, your business and its benefits to employees. Now we have transitioned to ‘the new normal’, many of us are working back in the office/hybrid working. We look again (with fresh eyes) at the importance of encouraging nature around us to enhance our employees’ work experience and to promote mental well-being resulting in better businesses.

The session includes an expert overview of the subject and a case study – outlining Vitacress’s own programme - with plenty of practical examples that businesses of any size can take away and implement in their workplaces.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.

Agenda

09:30 Welcome & Legal Briefing - Dr Wendy Buckley, Chair SBN North Hants

09:45 Biodiversity & Your Business – What is it, what are the benefits and how it do it – Carmen Green, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 

10:15 Case Study – Vitacress – Our Biodiversity Programme - Leah Mathis-Collins, Vitacress

10:45 Panel Q & A – Led by Dr Wendy Buckley, Chair SBN North Hants

11:00 Close

 

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Circular Economy 

 


The circular economy is coming, but what does it mean for your business?

If you’re a manufacturer, have you considered how you could provide your product differently; do you need to review your packaging, can you offer take back schemes to facilitate reuse of products or offer your product on a lease basis?

If you’re a service provider, how will your and your client’s purchasing decisions be affected and how can you use those choices to your advantage and to drive change?
As part of Winchester Green Week, the Sustainable Business Network is inviting speakers from business and academia to give their insights into how we can all adopt a circular approach and start to benefit from a different way of purchasing, reduce the resources we consume and save some money at the same time.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.

Agenda

09:00 Welcome
09:05 Legal update – GEP Environmental
09:25 Implications of the Circular Economy - Dr Regine Frei, University of Southampton
09:45 Circular Computing case study – Jenny Hayes / Steve Haskew, Circular Computing
10:05 Purchasing in the circular economy – Dr Duncan East, Marwell Wildlife
10:30 End

  

Sustainable Transport - Live Event.

Friday 17 June, 09:30 am-12:00 noon, University of Winchester

 

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Winchester Sustainable Business Network are excited to invite you to join us for this free event at the University of Winchester on the 17th of June 2022 at 9:30am to view a range of alternative fuel vehicles for yourself and hear first-hand experience from their users. The exhibition will include a range of different sized vans for different applications, examples of electric cars from Hyundai, Peugeot, Polestar and Tesla plus electric bicycles and cargo bikes.

There will also be an opportunity to tour the new West Downs Campus building which is aiming to achieve both BREEAM Excellent and the new Well Building standard.


Packaging regulations, extended producer responsibility and the deposit return scheme.

 

 

 

 

New packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations will be coming into effect soon. The plastic packaging tax comes in from April this year and EPR is being phased in from April 2023. The regulations require a minimum recycled content in new packaging and lay an obligation on packaging suppliers to fund collection and sorting of end-of-life packaging. Whilst the main burden falls on packaging producers, businesses will need to aware of their part in the collection cycle and how to return material for recycling. This event from the Winchester Sustainable Business Network will include an update on the legislation and discussion on how to ensure you are maximising your packaging and plastic waste recycling.

Agenda

9:00 Welcome
9:05 Legal update, what the new regulations mean for you. Peter Scofield, GEP Environmental
9:25 Preventing Plastic Pollution – Sophie Goodall-Smith, Environment Agency
9:45 Waste industry response to new regulations – Ryan Gregory, Grundon’s Waste Management
10:15 Combating waste through circular thinking – Ella Yarrow, Ridge and Partners
10:30 Close

 

 

 

Managing Energy Costs - Smart Procurement, Smart Systems, Smart Use 

   

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Energy prices have risen so dramatically over past months and further rises are expected to continue into 2022. The affect of this is hitting businesses hard. If you work in a large energy intensive organisation you will be only too aware of the impact and within smaller/less energy intensive companies, this effect will still impact you, if not directly.

This session tackles steps that you can make to manage these increasing bills from 3 angles:

Smart Procurement –
buying energy using the right tariffs and financial mechanisms
Smart Use –
auditing your processes and behaviours to target & reduce energy use
Smart Systems
– choosing & funding and/or making the business case for updated processing. lighting and Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment.

The session is illustrated by a set of talks, outlining current legislation/best practice, a ‘How To’ guide and an industry case study.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.

Agenda & Speakers

Welcome & Legal Briefing -
Dr Wendy Buckley, Chair SBN North Hants

Energy Markets & Procurement – What’s really Driving them and how to buy smart - Energy Intelligence Centre - John Palmer

Case Study – Portals  - Sharon Ball

Funding for low energy technology - Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE)

Q&A

 

 

Action on Carbon and Scope 3 Carbon Footprint

  

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Case Study - University of WinchesterEarthian Zero Waste Shop  

After the buzz of COP 26 and seminars from the Sustainable Business Network, and other encouraging carbon action, have you made a start on measuring carbon or set a reduction target? If you’re just starting with carbon reporting or looking to expand your carbon footprint to include a greater range of emissions, our next carbon event could have the answers you’re looking for. The event will tackle your questions and issues arising from initial attempts to measure your carbon footprint then take a look at supply chain carbon emissions, how to incorporate these into your carbon footprint and how to start to reduce them. We will tackle your specific questions arising from your first attempts at carbon footprinting.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.


Agenda  & Speakers

 

09:00 Welcome

09:05 Legal Update - Peter Schofield

09:20  Questions & Experiences from delegates' scope 1 & 2 footprints

09:35 Scope 3 Emissions Measurement - Myles Howard, Carbon Footprint Ltd

09:55 Case Study - Mat Jane, University of Winchester

10:10 Case Study - Katie Campling, Earthian Zero Waste Store  

 

Post COP 26 Roundup and Carbon Action

 

  

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Now  the dust has settled from COP 26 join us for a summary of what happened and the implications for your business. The first days of the conference were full of commitments on deforestation, methane, finance and more so where do you fit into this new greener world. Whatever the outcome from COP 26 more and more business want to measure and reduce carbon but are not sure where to start so we’ll revisit the basics of carbon footprinting & discuss target setting. Our panel discussion answered live questions on barriers to achieving net zero.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.


Agenda

Outcomes of COP 26.
Professor Robert Beckford, Institute of Climate and Social Justice
Your first carbon footprint.
Dr Duncan East, Marwell Wildlife
Target setting and Net Zero.
Eva Koszorus, Planet Mark
Panel discussion
– answering contributed questions on challenges to net zero
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Net Zero Carbon - What is it and how to do it for Your Business.

 

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As we marked the UN COP 26 Climate Change conference coming to the UK, this session examines what Net Zero Carbon is, why so many governments and organisations are committing to it. We then focus on why supply chain partners are asking your business to commit to it and what you will need to do (and spend) to be compliant. We finally look at the benefits you will get from it (and the flip-side – the risks if you don’t)
The session is illustrated by a set of talks, outlining current legislation/best practice, a ‘How To’ guide and an industry case study. There will also be a panel session to discuss delegate submitted issues on roadblocks they face in their business and how to overcome them.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.

Agenda

Welcome & Legal Briefing
- Dr Wendy Buckley, Chair SBN North Hants
Net Zero Carbon – ‘Why, What it Means to your business ... and how to do it’
- John Buckley, Managing Director, Carbon Footprint Ltd
Case Study – ‘Our Carbon Management Journey & Net Zero Emissions' -
Candice Oosthuizen & Phil Gillespie, Tuskerdirect Ltd
Discussion –
EV Financing & Supply Chains 
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Biodiversity in your Business - Virtual Event

  

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The past year has emphasised to importance of biodiversity and green spaces to our physical & mental health. As responsible businesses, we know also that aspects of our natural biodiversity are in need of our support – and that includes within our work-site and neighbourhood.


This session explores the benefits of managing biodiversity within your work sites and how this applies to even the smallest of businesses. For businesses developing their sites, we look at biodiversity net gain requirements and for companies in ‘steady state’ we look at making the most of your (natural) resources and how you can get your teams involved both on-site and in your neighbourhood for better team building & morale, mental well-being and to meet Corporate & Social Responsibility (CSR) goals.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.

Agenda

09:30 – Welcome & Legal Briefing - Dr Wendy Buckley, Client Director, Carbon Footprint Ltd
09:40 –
Biodiversity in your Business – Keynote Session – Debbie Salmon, Independent Consultant
10:10 –
Case Study  - Dr Martin Wilkie, Marwell Wildlife
10:30 –
Final Questions and Close – Dr Wendy Buckley, Client Director, Carbon Footprint Lrd



Supply Chain Sustainability - Virtual Event

 

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Achieving sustainability within your own business is a fine accomplishment, but to move forward to excellence in Corporate & Social Responsibility, you will need to address your supply chain.

This Sustainable Business Network virtual session introduces the concepts of sustainable supply chains and explains why they are vital for planet and economy. We also get practical and help you to understand how to work out the carbon footprint of your so-called scope 3 supply chain (when you frequently wont’ have access to the data you would ideally have to do it). We finish with a compelling case study from the paper industry.

Agenda

09:30 - Welcome & Legal Briefing - Dr Wendy Buckley, Chair, SBN North Hants /Carbon Footprint Ltd 
09:45 - Supply Chain Sustainability - Alasdair Silverman & Catherine Westoby
Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)    
10:15 - Practical Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Measurement - Myles Howard, Environmental ConsultantCarbon Footprint Ltd
10:30 - Final Questions & Close

Suitable For

Environmental and sustainability managers, SHEQ managers of large businesses and also operational managers, marketing managers and MDs of SMEs


Climate Change Target Setting - Virtual Event

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New Year 2021 will be a vital one for us all. Having weathered the COVID-19 storm, we now look forward to 2021 with positivity, but knowing that the climate emergency has not gone away and efforts to retain temperature rise to the crucial 1.5oC must be accelerated to stop permanent damage to our environment In short, we must all set goals to reduce emissions as an imperative. However, turning high level goals into SMART targets is not trivial.

This virtual event, examines the models that business needs to adopt to set meaningful targets and we get granular, showing you exactly what reductions across your operations (be they logistics, manufacturing or office admin) you need to reduce, how and the rates these need to be achieved at. We ask whether the goals are (feasibly) achievable within timescales needed and consider whether the role of external reductions/carbon offsetting as part of the solution.

Agenda

09:30 - Welcome & Legal Briefing - Dr Wendy Buckley, Chair, SBN North Hants /Carbon Footprint Ltd 
09:40 - Theory for Target Setting - Prof  Ian Williams, University of Southampton 
10:00 - Practical Target Setting for your Business - Joel Fernandez, Climate Engineer, Carbon Footprint Ltd
10:10 - Case Study - Sharon Ball, Environment Advisor, Portals
10:30 - Final Questions & Close

Suitable For

Environmental and sustainability managers, SHEQ managers of large businesses and also operational managers, marketing managers and MDs of SMEs. 


SBN Autumn Meeting – A Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19.


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Autumn is here and the kids are back at school. The world has been through tough times over the past 7 months and  recovery - and we know it will be rocky - from the pandemic is being pinned on green/sustainable growth. In many ways, our success or failure is now down to what we do in our individual businesses and workplaces, to adapt and move forward.
We examine what that means and the new normal for our businesses and relevance to our clients - from a perspective of the 3 pillars of economic, environmental and social impacts.
Speakers will include Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, Carbon Footprint Ltd, the sustainability and carbon management consultants, and a case study from a corporate business with offices in a city location.

Agenda

09:30 - Welcome & Legal Briefing - Dr Wendy Buckley, Chair, SBN North Hants
09:40 - COVID-19 Recovery Plan for the Local Authority - Jack Kennedy,  Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
10:00 - Carbon Footprint of Homeworking - Explained - Joel Fernandez, Climate Engineer, Carbon Footprint Ltd
10:10 - Case Study - Mike Kerridge, Lockton 
10:30 - Final Questions & Close

Suitable For

Environmental and sustainability managers, SHEQ managers of large businesses and also operational managers, marketing managers and MDs of SMEs.  


Carbon Offsetting – Decarbonising Grids & Reducing Emissions.

Friday 28 February, Ecophon, nr Basingstoke, RG26 5PP, 08:00-11:00am

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This session explains exactly what carbon offsetting is and provides advice on how to choose a good carbon offsetting project 

Carbon Offsetting is a highly regulated means to decarbonise national grids across the world and reduce emissions (e.g. through energy saving technology and sequestration of carbon by trees). In recent times, carbon offsetting has become quite high profile in the media – however journalists don’t have a strong grasp on the science & mechanisms (particularly the popular press) and can cause confusion - in the same way they often do with medical or other scientific advances.
This session sets the record straight by explaining exactly what carbon offsetting is, how it plays a role in achieving your carbon and climate targets (and broader CSR objectives) and fundamentally how to choose a good carbon offsetting project.


Setting Climate Change Targets in your Business - Whether Large or Small

Friday 18 October 2019, Village Hotel, Farnborough, GU14 7BF, 8:00 - 11:00am

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There is a climate change emergency that we all need to respond to, whether we work in corporate or SME spheres. Over the past few weeks we have seen countries and local authorities declare climate change emergencies and the UK’s own commitment to ‘Net Zero’ carbon emissions by 2050.

With so much in the media about the need to reduce carbon emissions, but with our own individual businesses representing what appears to be only a drop in the ocean, can & how do you set realistic and measured targets and actions for your organisation that will deliver results contributing to reduce global temperature change. Also, how do you influence your supply chain partners to do the same, so that we all move to a common goal.

This Sustainable Business Network Workshop examines, via a series of key note talks and case studies, what the UK’s legislation is, the theory to setting meaningful targets, the theory to setting meaningful targets, the business case (as well as moral imperative) to set targets and some frameworks/processes (including but not limited to Science Based Targets) and how to promote it.

There will also be plenty of networking opportunities, to extend discussions with fellow delegates.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.

Agenda

08:00-08:30am – Registration, refreshments and networking
08:30am  – Introduction & Welcome – Dr Wendy Buckley
08:40am  - Legal Awareness - Briefing/discussion led by Dr Wendy Buckley
09:00am  – Why Set Climate Change targets and relate them to the Global challenge– TBC
9:40 am  – Setting Targets in Practice – Some example frameworks & targets - Carbon Footprint Ltd
10:10 - Break
10:15 – Case Study – Our Climate Change target setting and management – Portals – Sharon Ball, Portals 
10:45 Final Discussion


Streamlining Carbon & Energy Management 

Friday 28 June 2019, Cello Health, Farnham, GU9 7EQ, 8:00 - 11:00am

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Energy and carbon reporting have been with us for several years now – particularly for large businesses/ FTSE Main Market listed entities.

However, over recent times, legislation has broadened its net to cover a much broader scope of businesses into scope of mandatory reporting. Away from legislation, many businesses are actively now managing their energy and carbon due to internal pressures relating to cost saving and staff expectations for sustainability. On the commercial side, many organisations need to take action due to supply chain requests/ sales tender requirements.

This Sustainable Business Network Workshop examines, via a series of key note talks and case studies, what the legislation is and how it directly/indirectly affects your business (whether you are in a large company or an SME), different ways you can manage your energy and carbon and ways that you can commercialise this (both form operational savings and market differentiation) and complement your broader Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

There will also be plenty of networking opportunities, to extend discussions with fellow delegates.

Who is this for?

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.

Agenda

8:00 Registration, networking and refreshments
8:30 Welcome and Introduction - Dr Wendy Buckley & Cello Health
8:40 Legislation Awareness – Briefing/discussion led by Dr Wendy Buckley
9:00 Streamlining Energy & Carbon Reporting  - What is the legislation & best practice  - speaker TBC
9:40 Energy Management Systems -Wayne Spencer,  BSI  
10:10 Break
10:15 Case Study - Our Energy & Carbon Management  - Peter Sharman, Mulalley
10:45 Final Discussion
11:00 Formal Close & Networking


Staff Engagement - Developing & Managing Behaviour Change Inside and Outside of the Business

Friday 1st March 2019, The Ark Conference Centre, Basingstoke, RG23 9NN, 8:00 - 11:00am

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As a sustainability professional, you can do all in your power to reduce your company's carbon footprint through technology changes to reduce building and transport energy consumption, but to really ring in further decreases to your impact, you will need to engage the hearts and minds of your team! Engaging staff in sustainability practices will likely extend to behavioural changes inside your company's buildings, offsite/'in the field' and in your business neighbourhood.

Only in this way will you be successful in changing behaviour 'for good' and developing a truly sustainable culture which will help staff retention, brand reputation as well as reducing carbon impact.

This SBN workshop will examine, via a series of key note talks and case studies, the theory and best practice for engaging staff in sustainability - looking at how to develop best behaviour on-site and within your broader local environment. The event was suitable for SMEs to corporate and public sector attendees, with plenty of opportunity for networking with like-minded professionals, should you be an environmental, health & safety, finance or marketing manager/director. 

Sustainability professionals in large and SME businesses, business owners/MDs in SMEs.

Agenda

8:00 Registration, networking and refreshments
8:30 Welcome and Introduction - Dr Wendy Buckley
8:40 Legislation Awareness – Briefing/discussion led by Dr Wendy Buckley
9:00 The Importance of Staff Engagement in Sustainability - Theory and Strategies - John Buckley, Carbon Footprint Ltd
9:40 Staff Engagement in Local Environmental Programmes - Making a Better Environment Around your Offices and in your Local Area - Debbie Salmon, Rushmoor Borough Council
10:10 Break
10:15 Case Study - Engaging Our Teams in Sustainability - Anna Frizzell, RNLI 
10:45 Final Discussion
11:00 Formal Close & Networking


Climate Change Adaptation - How best to protect your business after the Beast from the East and other climate challenges

Friday 2nd November 2018, Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, Farnborough, GU14 6FD. 8:00 - 11:00am

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Climate change adaptation is a key consideration, no matter what size of business that you work in.

Our changing weather patterns bring not only direct challenges in the workplace (and getting to work) but also impacts up and down stream supply chains that can significantly affect your business's ability to operate and it's profitability. For some businesses, flooding, or on the flip side, a lack of water, can cease operations completely. For others, a loss of key supply components or comfort to staff (leading to a drop in efficiency and/or a rise in absenteeism) can be a key issue. 

In this SBN we examined, via a series of key note talks and case studies, what the likely impact of our changing climate will have to businesses of all sizes. This session included practical strategies and impact assessment to help you to manage and thrive. The event was suitable for SMEs to corporate and public sector attendees, with plenty of opportunity for networking with like-minded professionals, should you be an environmental, health & safety, finance or marketing manager/director. 


Agenda

8:00 Registration, networking and tea / coffee
8:30 Welcome
8:35 Legislation Update – John Mitchell, Blake Morgan
8:55 Changing Weather in the UK
9:25 Break
9:40 Climate Change Adaptation made Practical
10:10 Case Study - Our Climate Change Adaptation Following Disaster 
10:50 Formal Close & Networking

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