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Camden businesses and their growing commitment to sustainability

Blog – Friday, March 31st, 2017
Cllr Apak visiting the Wellcome facilities

Spring is a great time to look forward to with renewed enthusiasm.  2017 is already shaping up to be an exciting time for the Camden Climate Change Alliance as the membership continues to grow and the borough’s carbon emissions continue to reduce.

We know that more and more companies are...



Changes to ISO 14001 & ISO 50001

Guest Blog – Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
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On Monday 27th February ISEP and CCCA members came together to share their experience of running environmental management systems and to hear from experts on the latest changes to ISO 14001 and the energy management standard ISO 50001.

Lee Playford QHSE Manager at Optimum Group Services kicked...



Camden Business Sustainability Awards 2017

News – Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Camden Business Sustainability Awards

Applications deadline is now closed. Have you booked your place for the Camden’s sustainability event of the year?

Book Now: Celebrating Sustainable Business in Camden – leading the way. 25 April at The Francis Crick Institute.

Camden Business Sustainability Awards aim to recognise, inspire...



Budget 2017 – What does it bring to our green economy?

Also in the news – Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
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Environmental highlights in the budget this week included the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to support collaborations between business and science. An initial investment in 2017/18 of 270 million will include research into batteries for electric vehicles. Packaging recycling targets will...



CSR Opportunity – showcasing careers to students 23rd march

Also in the news – Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
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Haverstock School based in NW3 are showcasing a range of different careers to their year 7 and year 8 students on Thursday, 23rd March and need your help! The event will be in the style of a speed networking session.

They are looking for business volunteers from a variety of industries and roles...



Solar PV installations and planning requirements for non-domestic buildings

Blog – Monday, March 6th, 2017
Solar panel on a school in the Borough of Camden

Camden has the ambitious target of 80% reduction in borough-wide carbon emissions by 2050. Non-domestic buildings in Camden account for 65% of the total borough territorial emissions [reference: Green Action for Change, Camden’s Environmental Sustainability Plan (2011-2020)]. Most of the...



Event: Celebrating Sustainable Business in Camden – leading the way

Event highlights – Monday, February 20th, 2017
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We are inviting all businesses, public and third sector organisations across the London Borough of Camden to an inspiring evening to celebrate our collective environmental achievements at the prestigious Francis Crick Institute in King Cross.

The event will bring together the Borough’s...



CCCA annual event – Save the date

News – Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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The CCCA 2017 annual event will take place on the evening of Tuesday 25 April at the prestigious Francis Crick Institute in Camden. It will be an opportunity to launch of our annual report, celebrate the achievement of CCCA members and more widely, host the borough sustainability awards.

The...



Pledge to cut your carbon footprint in 2017

News – Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
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Pledge to reduce your carbon footprint in 2017 and raise your profile as a sustainable business/organisation.

Climate Change has been much debated in 2016. Science is behind the evidence that our climate is changing due to the way we are using the planet’s resources.  The Paris agreement...



­A new and more flexible way of working

Blog – Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
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Is has almost been a year since the Camden Climate Change Alliance launched its new self-financing model with the aim of continuing  supporting Camden business in their sustainability path.

The CCCA plays a key role in contributing to our borough-wide carbon reduction target (40% by 2020), and...



Stand out from the crowd – join our carbon footprint report – deadline 30 Dec.

News – Friday, December 9th, 2016
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Reporting your energy data got easier. Don’t miss this opportunity to join hundreds of businesses in the borough showing their commitment to reduce their carbon emissions. By reporting your data you will be contributing to our annual report. Follow the link to see last year’s report.
So...



Waste Breakfast Seminar – Event highlights

Blog – Monday, December 5th, 2016
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On Wednesday 30th November 2016 ISEP and CCCA led a breakfast event about managing and reducing waste for businesses. A number of high profile businesses such as Veolia, Regent’s Place and Bennetts Associates attend the event. The event was held at Alara Wholefoods, the first food manufacturer...



CCCA Awards

Event highlights – Thursday, December 1st, 2016
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The CCCA business awards is coming this spring. It will be an opportunity to recognise the effort members are making to reduce their carbon footprint while delivering sustainable products and services and tackling climate change.

To apply you will need to be a member of the alliance and have



Write a blog for the CCCA website

Blog – Thursday, November 24th, 2016
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Blogs are a great way to share views an ideas on subjects relevant to the Alliance. We would like to encourage all our members to use this space for the benefit of all.

You do not need to be a journalist to write a blog. A blog is a short piece, between 200 to 500 hundreds words in length,...



Report your energy data and receive your green credential

News – Thursday, November 24th, 2016
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We have simplified the way members can report their carbon emissions data (energy data). We have also updated the criteria of our Marks of Achievement so members who report their data and commit to put actions in place to reduce the energy consumption are automatically awarded the Going Green...



Have your say and help us improve the Alliance

News – Sunday, November 13th, 2016
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Let’s make the alliance work for all. Tell us what we are doing well and could do better. It only takes five minutes. We will use your comments to make improvements to the way we deliver our services.

Have your say: CCCA improvement survey 2016. Be in with a chance to win tickets for alliance...



Action on the Paris Agreement is being discussed in Marrakech COP 22 this week

News – Friday, November 11th, 2016
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As the world gathers in Morocco for the historic first meeting under the Paris agreement – called “COP22” but now also “CMA1” – it does so with the unprecedented involvement of corporate interests who have fought climate action around the world, funded climate change denial and whose...



MEMBERS SUCCESSES: Troup Bywaters + Anders case study

Case study – Thursday, October 13th, 2016
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Troup Bywaters + Anders

TB + A are a nationwide building services engineering and design consultancy. Sustainability is embedded within their business and is a key part of their business strategy, they have been CCCA members since 2011. Since joining they have been involved in Alliance...



Marks of Achievement Awards Open

News – Thursday, September 29th, 2016
CCCA Awards

Deadline to apply for the annual Marks of Achievement Awards has been extended until 30 November.

This free certification scheme recognises member’s efforts and successes in making their businesses more sustainable.

Benefits of becoming certified include:

  • Benchmarking: understand your...


Camden’s sustainability initiatives deliver carbon and cost savings

News – Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Camden Open Data Map

The Borough of Camden is reducing carbon emissions and cutting costs demonstrating that an organisation can deliver sustainability projects resulting in efficiencies. With a commitment to reducing Borough-wide carbon emissions by 27% by 2017 and 40% by 2020 Camden is leading by example through...



Invest in your community: Rhyl School seeks help

News – Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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Alliance member Rhyl Primary School in Chalk Farm are on a mission to build an innovative and eco-friendly community teaching kitchen and are looking for support. They hold an Eco Schools Green Flag award and were voted the Greenest School in Camden in July.

The building will be a resource for...



Delivering CSR – Get involved in local opportunities

News – Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  is a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders. It can provide benefits to the business and employees.

For an organisation it can:

  • Help win new business...


Re-use scheme savings at UCLH

News – Thursday, August 18th, 2016
UCLH re-use scheme

This year Alliance Member University College London Hospital (UCLH) have set up a Re-Use scheme for the organisation.

Office and reception chairs, desks, whiteboards, pedestals, bookcases and filing cabinets are among a large stash of second-hand equipment and furniture that is available for...



Member launches fundraising drive for UK’s first community energy project

News – Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Solar Panels

Alliance member SOAS has launched a fundraising drive for the first community energy project in the UK.

Solar SOAS, based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London is the first University community energy project of its kind in the UK. The project aims to get solar panels...



Member Annual Reporting: Submissions Open

News – Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Green Camden Plan 2011-2020

The CCCA are now collating members’ annual energy data for our Annual Report.

All you need to do is complete our Energy reporting pro forma_2015 2016 which tells us your annual electricity, gas, and potentially other fuel consumption (if your organisation owns and runs vehicles).

If you are...



Brief Guide to Display Energy Certificates

News, Service updates – Thursday, August 4th, 2016
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Last month marked the one year anniversary of the Display Energy Certificate (DEC) requirement for buildings of floor size greater than 250m2.  Read on for a brief reminder of what a DEC provides.

CCCA Background Paper_Display Energy Certificates Aug 2016

Legal obligations

The Energy...



The world of carbon footprinting – event highlights

Event highlights – Thursday, July 21st, 2016
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The world of carbon footprinting – event report

14 July saw businesses attend our Advanced Carbon Footprinting Workshop kindly hosted by CCCA member the Welcome Trust. Carbon footprinting expert Chris Havers, Principal Carbon Consultant at the Alliance, facilitated the workshop covering the...



UCLH savings with BMS recommissioning

News – Thursday, July 21st, 2016
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University of College London Hospitals have been an Alliance member since 2010 and are making savings by changing their Building Management System at their Macmillan Cancer Centre (MCC)  on Huntley Street.

Following MCCs opening in April 2012 there have been changes to its usage and...



CCCA Member wins Social Responsibility award

News – Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Excellence in social responsibility (Up to 249)

Alliance member Troup Bywaters & Anders have been crowned winners of the Social Responsibility (up to 249 employees) category at the annual Investors in People Awards 2016, the leading industry event recognising high performance in people management.

The Awards, which received over 300 entries...



Brexit – Who is driving Environmental Management?

Blog – Thursday, July 7th, 2016
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At the risk of putting more white noise into the ether on the subject of Brexit, the CCCA offers encouragement to those who wonder what drivers are out there to keep your businesses sustainability momentum improving. If you are an environmental enthusiast, a champion in your company, or an...



Message from Cllr Haywood, Leader Camden Council

Blog – Monday, July 4th, 2016
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A message from Cllr Sarah Haywood, Leader Camden Council on ‘One Camden’ and diversity.

“Camden is, and must remain, a place that embraces and celebrates diversity.  We have always welcomed people from different countries and backgrounds and valued the contribution they make.

I ask that in this...



5th Carbon Budget approved by UK Government

News – Thursday, June 30th, 2016
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The UK Government has approved the 5th carbon budget endorsing the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) proposal to limit emissions to 57% lower than 1990 levels between 2028 and 2032 at 1,725MtCO2e.

Under the Climate Change Act 2008 (CC Act) it is the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that...



OUR SUCCESSES – client case studies

Case study – Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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From 2008/09 – 2014/15 CCCA have helped Camden businesses save over 27,700 tonnes of carbon equating to over £5 million in savings, and we continue to work together to make reductions. One of most recent client case studies is our Premium Member Sheppard Robson

Case study: Sheppard Robson



CCCA member achieves Carbon Trust certification

News – Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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CCCA member University College London Hospitals (UCLH) have scored top marks for successfully reducing its carbon footprint by more than 18 per cent in the past two years: an achievement that means they are first in the healthcare sector league table in the Carbon Trust awards. They were also...



Carbon reporting – 2016 conversion factors released

News – Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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This month DECC released carbon conversion factors for 2016, read on for a brief background and the main changes.

Reporting benefits

Reporting your organisation’s environmental performance can lower costs, improve understanding of exposure to climate change risks and demonstrates leadership...



How to switch to 100% renewable power – Act today!

Blog, Guest Blog – Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
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Our first guest blog has been written by friend of the CCCA, Paul Gehres, a carbon professional with over 7 years of experience working on climate and sustainability issues for companies. Paul has summed up nicely how to take action on your carbon footprint by simply purchasing renewable energy....



London Metropolitan number one in carbon reduction with LED project

News – Thursday, May 26th, 2016
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According to edie, London Metropolitan University has been named as England’s number one university for carbon reduction, after using a new LED light installation as part of a wider scheme that has seen carbon emissions slashed by 47%.

The lighting upgrade at the Holloway Road campus in...



Sustainable Procurement Workshop Round-up

Event highlights, News – Thursday, May 12th, 2016
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On the morning of the 12 May we welcomed 30 businesses from around the borough to discuss the topic of Sustainable Procurement. Or as Paul Grey (one of our wonderfully engaging speakers) coined it… Pandorra’s box.

We opened the event with an introduction from Victoria Howse (ISEP) and Chris...



Somers Town Carbon Savings Initiative Scoops Award

News – Friday, April 29th, 2016
District Heating CHP engine

In partnership with Camden Council, Vital Energi have for the second year running claimed top spot at the H&V News Awards winning “District Heating Project of the Year” for the Somers Town Energy district heating network.

Camden’s ambitious project has seen Vital Energi design and build...



The race to improve the air we breathe

Blog – Thursday, April 28th, 2016
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Written by Chris Havers

Discussions on air pollution are becoming quite prevalent these days. The issue covers climate change, air pollution, respiratory disease and also everyday health and fitness. So for those of us in the environmental sector it is an easy win. We display the need to...



Is the existing energy supply market delivering for us?

Blog – Friday, April 1st, 2016
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Written by Chris Havers

What do we consider when procuring energy?

After the proposed changes on energy efficiency taxes and reporting, (Please see previous blog)  there is greater pressure than ever to not only reduce energy demand by measuring, managing and reducing our energy consumption,...



UK Energy Compliance Changing Tack

Blog – Friday, March 18th, 2016
Electricity

Written by Chris Havers

This week saw the awaited Government response to the Energy Efficiency reporting consultation that was announced in the Chancellor’s 2016/17 budget. Here is a summary of the key environmental points for you as it affects large and small businesses in Camden in the coming...



Euston Town gets its own BID

News – Thursday, March 10th, 2016
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On 29 February businesses in Euston voted in support of launching a new and independent Business Improvement District (BID) for their area. The Euston Town BID will work in collaboration with local businesses to inject much needed funds into the development of Euston. The aim is to work with key...



Get involved in Sport Relief this month

News – Thursday, March 10th, 2016
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TfL are organising a number of events in aid of Sport Relief and are inviting businesses to get involved. You can raise money by pledging to walk or cycle all, or part of your journey to work. Share your pledge on social media using the hashtag #SR16 to be in with a chance to win a Fitbit. TfL...



Sopra Steria sponsors Solar Schools

News – Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Solar Panels

CCCA member Sopra Steria  has become Gold Sponsors of the Eleanor Palmer Primary School solar panels initiative in Camden. The school needs to raise £14,000 to put solar panels on their school roof and they are currently at £10,338!

This project will reduce emissions, save energy costs for...



Take part in Cleaner Air Action Days

News – Friday, February 26th, 2016
Carbon Footprint

Camden Council is getting involved in an exciting new London-wide Cross River Partnership project to drive down air pollution in the borough. The Clean Air Action Fortnight will take place at the beginning of March and will focus on #noidling across London – asking drivers in local pollution...



Lights out as Ambassador Theatre Group Celebrates Earth Hour

News – Friday, February 26th, 2016
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On Saturday 19 March 2016 at 8.30pm, CCCA member Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) will join millions of businesses and individuals across the world to celebrate WWF’s Earth Hour and will switch off lights in all of its theatres for one hour to show the company’s ongoing commitment to the...



An inspired new beginning. But why?

Blog – Thursday, February 25th, 2016
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Thank you for visiting your brand new CCCA website, I hope that you can take time to have a good look around. If we haven’t met before, my name is Chris and my role over the last 10 months has been to implement the business plan for what we can call the CCCA’s Self-Sufficiency Strategy. Our...



Save money and cut carbon with freight consolidation

News – Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
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Islington, Camden and Enfield’s highly successful Freight Consolidation Service (FCS) is now open to businesses in the boroughs looking to save money, reduce site traffic, cut carbon emissions and improve air pollution.

How does it work?

The DHL operated Freight Consolidation Service warehouse...



COP21 Paris: what happened

Blog – Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Carbon Footprint

More than 190 nations gathered at the 21stConference of Parties (COP21) in Paris earlier this month to agree global measures to reduce emissions and mitigate dangerous and irreversible climate change which scientists warn would be associated with an increase in temperatures of over 2°C on...



CSR opportunity for businesses to support local solar project

News – Thursday, December 17th, 2015
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Camden-based Eleanor Palmer Primary School is one of the last schools to be benefitting from the Solar Schools programme as they plan to install a 120 panel 30kW rooftop system next year. This will lead to savings of 15 tonnes of CO2 per year plus cost savings, as well as providing pupils the...



New CCCA website

Blog – Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
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Back in April we ran our Annual Members Survey asking for your feedback on the services we offer, including our online resources, tools and guides. Since then we have been working very closely with our Advisory Board to trial and test ideas on how we can improve and add value to our online...



Transport for London Road Modernisation Plan

News – Friday, October 30th, 2015
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Major construction works, building projects and redevelopments taking place across London in response to economic and population growth are leading to rising levels of demand for road transport and congestion on London’s roads.

In response, Transport for London’s (TfL) Road Modernisation Plan...



Members celebrate World Green Building Week

News – Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
Green Building Week 2015

Between 21-25 September CCCA members took part in World Green Building Week, a celebration of the role buildings play in our sustainable future.

Coordinated by Green Building Councils across the world, the theme this year was Powering Positive Change. Events were hosted to demonstrate the...



Air Quality Initiatives

News – Monday, October 19th, 2015
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On Wednesday 25 November organisations from Camden and Islington came together at City University to hear about air quality initiatives which would improve the local environment and employee wellbeing, as well as cutting energy and transport costs.

With air quality in some parts of London being...



Green space volunteering CSR opportunities

News – Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers (TVC) support tens of thousands of volunteers and community groups every year to protect green spaces all over London. They offer bespoke and exciting team building projects, giving businesses the opportunity to carry out practical conservation and environmental work...



Beck Greener achieves carbon and cost savings

News – Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Beck Greener is a firm of patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, design attorneys and intellectual property (IP) litigators. They are also CCCA members. Over the past few years they have taken big steps to reduce their environmental impact.

In order to improve the firm’s waste management and...



Donate your food waste with Plan Zheroes

News – Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Every year the UK Food industry sends 1.6 million tonnes of surplus food to landfill, while there are 4 million people living in food poverty.

Plan Zheroes connects businesses with surplus food to local charities that need it. Using an online map, the businesses and charities can post details of...



Decentralise in Camden

News – Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Thursday 21 May 2015 saw a number of organisations and developers come together to hear about the development of decentralised energy networks in Camden as well as understand the opportunities available for implementing or connecting to an energy network in the borough.

This breakfast seminar,...