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Spring 2011, Issue 1

SOS Compass

Welcome to the first Sustainable Opportunity Solutions (SOS) newsletter : SOS Compass A word from the MD…It’s been

We’re

a busy – and eventful – couple

developing new tools – such

of years for us, with many

as

exciting new developments to

below for more information) –

report.

to guide your business on its

Firstly, we have a new web addresswww.sos4business.uk.com. As our goal is to help businesses implement sustainable practices and enjoy the business and environmental benefits of doing so, we think our new domain name suits us perfectly.

also

SOS

committed

travelHUB

TM

to (see

partners, funders helped

contractors whose SOS

support

get

successful start.

and

off

has to

a

By working

together we can help implement sustainable practices to make

sustainable journey.

our business more resilient to Paul

future challenges.

PS: We’ believe in the power of

partnerships,

and

our

success in our first two years is thanks to my advisory team (Rob Shaw, Tony Pilcher & Peter Elger) and the clients,

Inside this issue… 1. SOS Exhibits in Edinburgh 2. Effective EMS delivering Carbon Benefits 3. Returning Financial Savings for Natural England


Sustainable OPPORTUNITY SOLUTIONS LIMITED

This

month

we’ll

be

We hope that travelHUB

TM

will

demonstrating our new and

build on the success of its

improved travel management

predecessor, which helped us

tool at the EIE Exhibition in

secure several awards for our

Edinburgh.

approach to sustainable travel

travelHUB

TM

is an enhanced

version of the award-winning FUSITRAM Currently

approach. a

demonstration

management, RSE

Enterprise

Find

out

travelHUB

global

benefit

travelHUB

TM

companies

aims connect

system, to

help carbon

sense with business benefits.

the

Fellowship

Award in 2010.

system that interfaces with a travel

including

TM

more

about

and how it could

your

business

www.sos-travelhub.com

at:


3

SOS Stats: Watch your waste line You could save £50 per year just by turning off ONE desktop computer On average, every UK household bins around £420 worth of food a year – some simple menu planning could help make a difference.

A twenty-minute shower can use up to 300 litres of water – more than most of us drink in five months

It all adds up to save you

Working in partnership with our clients Environmental & Carbon Management We’re proud that our clients

Looking back over the last

continue not only to reap the

couple

benefits

Environmental

surprised to discover that we’ve

Management, but also to pass

already trained over 600 people

their external audits without any

across our client base. Our

problems.

were

training is designed to inspire

delighted to hear back from one

employees to take actions that

of our first ever clients, who

strengthen

wanted us to help them with

competitiveness.

their

of

So

we

re-certification

to

the

Carbon Trust Standard. By the

& benefit the planet too !

Training

way, the client in question has found

that

monitoring

their

carbon footprint has helped reduce it by 16% - and cut their associated fuel costs.

of

years

we

were

business

But don’t take our word for it, check out one of our recent success stories and see what the Green Insurance Company has to say about working with us click here:


Sustainable OPPORTUNITY SOLUTIONS LIMITED

In other news…

We’ve

recently

secured

a

placement for a post-graduate We’ve

been

working

with

student

from

Natural England to measure

University

with

the full cost benefit of their

clients.

sustainable travel programme.

together

A case study for this project –

business opportunities in the

showing

renewable energy sector. SOS

how

£1,800

for

carbon

saved

they

each –

gained

Strathclyde one

of

our

They’ll

be

working

to

assess

new

tonne

of

MD, Paul, said of the project, “It

will

be

really captures the ethos of

available soon. Email us at

SOS

info@sos4business.uk.com

develop

to

request a copy.

helping their

our clients

know-how

to

Green watch – environmental matters in the news Back in March, the Government unveiled its first Budget, which

expand into new sectors, as

many

well as giving much needed

signals for a low carbon economy.

opportunities graduate.

It’s

believed

lacked

strong

to

skilled

Rather than looking at ways to

a

win-win

change practices – which could save us all money now – there seems to be a tendency to solely look for costly technological fixes.

Looking ahead… Our

MD,

Paul, has been invited to present at the International Conference for Public Transport in Paris in July, along with Dr.Neil Ferguson from Strathclyde University. In June we’ll be running Sustainable Travel Workshop with our partners Transform Scotland, and Scottish Business in the Community. As part of this we’ll be revealing the results of our recent survey - which has already provided some interesting insights into what matters to businesses when it comes to sustainable travel – it’s not all about the ticket price and carbon. To find out more about any of the stories above, email Paul at pauladderley@sos4business.uk.com or visit www.sos4business.uk.com

At the time, the Carbon Trust pointed

out

that

that

SMEs

adhering to its emission standards could save around £2,000 p.a. from reduced energy use. Surely it’s simple changes like this that those in power should be promoting? REMEMBER:

the

new

waste

information regulations that require business to provide data on their waste if requested by their local environmental agency


SOS Compass Spring 2011 Issue  

Find out all the latest SOS news in the company Newsletter, Spring 2011 Issue.

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