Information and Insights

Linking quality, environment and health and safety – opportunities with ISO standards

Many organisations in the highlands and islands will be familiar with international ISO standards. Accreditation to these standards is awarded to organisations which establish procedures and a management system that support consistent operations and drives continual improvement. Changes in the more common standards now make it far easier to integrate quality, environmental and health and safety operations and procedures

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Where there’s muck there’s savings

Recently we have been doing work to help businesses understand where waste arises in their operations and how it can be reduced. Waste is produced by every business we know and they pay to have this material removed from site. If your waste is surplus raw materials that were never used, it is a double cost to the business.

However, this cost can be significantly reduced by some simple actions. All businesses are obliged to meet the “waste hierarchy.” What does the waste hierarchy mean in practice?

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Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2015 and what they mean for business

The release this month of the annual Scottish Environmental Statistics provide a snapshot of key environmental issues facing the country. Whether its engagement with climate change, amounts of waste produced or how the country’s roads are used, these statistics show interesting trends and changes over time. They also help to identify where we could perhaps expect to see more policy and financial support in the future.

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Funding our energy spply

There is lots of commentary about funding for renewable energy but how does this compare with funding for other energy supplies?

At Practically Green, we deliver resource efficiency reviews that identify how clients can reduce resource use; raw materials, water, energy etc and the resulting costs. We also identify the costs and benefits of installing renewable energy to provide an alternative to grid electricity or heating from LPG or oil. Across the world, countries, businesses and communities are engaging with renewable energy to help develop a more diverse energy supply …

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