A Quick Guide to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government environmental scheme, launched in November 2011, which provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat installations and renewable heat alternatives through financial support for owners.

The RHI makes regular payments for 20 years to scheme participants that generate and use renewable energy. Over 1GW of installed capacity has now been accredited under the Non-Domestic RHI since the scheme opened. For more information about the scheme, including details of eligible technologies, download our briefing below.

Business Briefing – Renewable Heat Incentive


A Quick Guide to ESOS

The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a new mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme which large businesses must comply with. To find out more, download our briefing below.

Business Briefing – ESOS


A Quick Guide to Edoc (Electronic Duty of Care)

From 2014, there is a new way to record waste transfers online – edoc. The aim of edoc is to save time, money and effort. Edoc will provide a quick, easy and paperless way to record all your waste transfers and fulfil your duty of care.

Edoc is a voluntary system.  It is not mandatory to use it – you can fulfil your legal duty of care for waste in other ways, for example by continuing to use paper waste transfer notes – but edoc offers a simple and efficient system with lots of added value.

Developed by a partnership of waste industry and UK public bodies, edoc is safe and secure, and it is free to use. Your waste transfer records will be confidential to you and the other party or parties directly involved. They are stored for the full two years required by law – or longer if you need them – and you have instant access through smart search and reporting functions that can transform your data into valuable information to support your business needs. To find out more, download our briefing below.

Business Briefing – EDOC


A Quick Guide to the Review of ISO14001

Developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and used by more than 250,000 organisations worldwide, ISO14001 is a certifiable standard for environmental management systems (EMS). An EMS doesn’t specify environmental performance criteria, but instead maps out a framework which organisations in any sector can use to manage their environmental impacts. Benefits of an effective EMS, especially if certified against ISO14001, include:

  • Cost savings- energy, water, waste, purchasing and transport.
  • Management of environmental risk, in particular ensuring legal compliance.
  • Assurance to management, employees and stakeholders that environmental impact is being monitored and improved.

Since the standard was first launched in 1996, ideas and knowledge of sustainability have evolved significantly. Updates were made in 2004 to incorporate some developments, but further revision is now needed to ensure that ISO14001 remains relevant in the future and to bring it in line with the new, generic ISO framework for all management systems standards. The current review is due to be finalised in 2015 and is expected to be more far reaching than the 2004 update. For more information about the proposed changes, download our briefing below.

Business Briefing- ISO14001 Review

A Quick Guide to Carbon Footprinting

A corporate carbon footprint describes the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released by an organisation. Greenhouse gases are those gases which contribute to climate change. The main 6 as described in the Kyoto Protocol are: Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Nitrous Oxide (N2O), Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6), although additional gases can be reported if desired.

The term “carbon” is often used loosely as a general abbreviation for greenhouse gases. However, it is important to recognise whether it is being used simply as an abbreviation for carbon dioxide (CO2) or as a reference to carbon dioxide equivalence (CO2e) which includes all 6 gases listed above. Calculating your carbon footprint and producing a GHG report can have a range of benefits- to find out more, download our briefing below.

Business Briefing – Carbon Footprinting


A Quick Guide to Monitoring Your Resource Consumption

Many small and medium sized companies (SMEs) already monitor their resource use, such as electricity and water. However, this is often based only on financial data e.g. ‘we used £1,000 worth of electricity in January’, with few questions asked amount why the bills total a certain value and how they might be reduced. Read our briefing below to find out why it is vital for businesses to record and analyse resource consumption.

Business Briefing- Monitoring Your Resource Consumption

SUSTAIN Lincolnshire Resource Monitoring Template


A Quick Guide to Understanding Energy Bills

Energy bills are notoriously difficult to understand. YouGov research on behalf of uSwitch found 75% of people find energy bills confusing, and only 4 in 10 could understand the calculations on their bill. Even worse, energy consultants Torse have found that more than 22% of bills contain errors. However, understanding your bills is crucial to working out if your business is paying too much for gas and electricity. In this guide, SUSTAIN Lincolnshire demystifies energy bills and helps you to get the best value deals from your supplier. For more information, download our briefing and resource monitoring spreadsheet below.

Business Briefing- Understanding Energy Bills

SUSTAIN Lincolnshire Resource Monitoring Template


A Quick Guide to Waste Management

Every year, 177 million tonnes of waste are produced in England alone. Waste is legally defined as ‘any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard’. For SMEs, this could include business waste (such as empty printer cartridges, packaging and paper); clinical waste (largely medical); controlled waste (anything requiring a waste management licence); or hazardous waste (more than 250 substances, including end-of-life vehicles, oil and batteries). Waste management refers to the processes used to deal with this waste:  the collection, transportation and disposal of all waste products in compliance with health and environmental regulations.

For more information about waste management including your business’s legal responsibilities, reuse and recycling ideas and funding opportunities, download our briefing below.

Business Briefing- Waste Management


A Quick Guide to Water Bills

For a quick guide to understanding water bills, including best practice guidance and tips to reduce consumption, download our briefing below.

Business Briefing- Water Bills