A NEW BIG GREEN IDEA FOR 2021 – HEADS-UP

  With all change in 2021, some of us, with some of our associates and clients, have been keen to develop a new channel for more general sustainability action particularly for non-specialists within organisations i.e. what we call everyday champions.   The big idea here is for a Big Green Academy. ‘Big Green’ is the collaborative brand we use when we work with others. Academy is in the general sense, both a forum for discussion and... Read More

WHAT A YEAR 2020 HAS BEEN…

  What a year 2020 has been… We really hope you and your loved ones are all well and have managed to get through these difficult times relatively unscathed. For many this has been a time to reflect upon, and perhaps reassess, many of the things that until now we have taken for granted. There cannot be a single person who hasn’t, in some way or other, been affected by this global crisis and the huge impact Covid-19 has had on all our... Read More

ENERGY CONSCIOUS ORGANISATION

  “EnCOs are more sustainable, cost effective and collaborative.”   A big step forward for 2020 has been the launch of the Energy Conscious Organisation (EnCO) behaviour change initiative. This includes two new EnCO standards for organisations and practitioners which evidence energy management approaches which actively involve people.   EnCO’s mission is to: Gather evidence through case-studies. Develop skills through... Read More

OUR AQUAPONICS LOCK DOWN PROJECT

  Can aquaponics offer a more productive, cost effective and environmentally friendly approach to growing food for all of us?   We’ve been growing our own veg at home for a few years now, but during lockdown we decided to develop an idea I’ve had for a while to also bring in fish (trout & goldfish) into our garden polytunnel using a system called aquaponics. Aquaponics is potentially a great alternative way of producing our own... Read More

ESTA CONFERENCE – JOIN IN

A date for the diary… ‘Making Energy Efficiency Happen’ Crowne Plaza, NEC Birmingham 12 February 2020 ESTA Members invite you to attend ESTA’s Energy Conference to gain valuable energy updates on what’s currently going on in energy efficiency, network with our member specialists and join in the debate by coming along to any of our specialist group forums. What will I get by attending? –       Attend 4 hours of relevant, targeted,... Read More

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISHES FOR 2020

We wish you a very merry Christmas and all our best wishes for 2020. Wow, what a year 2019 has been!  We (officially) now have a ‘climate crisis’, the UK has stretched its climate goals to net zero carbon by 2050 and has signed up to the 3% energy efficiency club for year on year improvements; there’s never been so much pressure on reducing energy consumption for a low carbon future that’s affordable and positive for all. It’s been a very... Read More

EXERGY – MAKING ENERGY WASTE VISIBLE

Do you know your ultimate levels of energy waste inherent in your existing processes and facilities? When looking at energy in terms of its service requirements, we find the levels of avoidable energy waste (in red) really jump out at you, compared to the minimum energy input required (illustrated in green).   We think of this as ‘waste’ as its adds no value or benefit to our customers. ‘Exergy’ describes the maximum useful work can be... Read More

THINK OF ENERGY AS A SERVICE – CPD ARTICLE

Back in the late 1980s Amory Lovins, of the Rocky Mountain Institute in the US, first used the term ‘Negawatt’ to describe the unit of power saved through energy conservation and better efficiency (i.e. saved MWs). His premise was that this one concept could drive the change required to reduce our dependence on consuming excessive amounts of energy within our society. He argues that customers want energy services such as lighting, heating, hot... Read More

COGNITIVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY REVOLUTION

The vision of the ESTA Behaviour Change group is that ‘Cognitive Energy will generate 10% of energy reduction savings through Behaviour Change by 2025/30’ (ie deliver at least 50% of the UK’s clean growth 20% target for energy efficiency). We ran an industry round table workshop in Swindon last month, involving twenty different organisations across the sector. The overwhelming read-out was that we need to do so much more to help galvanise the... Read More

ESTA ENERGY CONFERENCE

  13 June 2019 – Crowne Plaza NEC, Birmingham ESTA Members invite you to attend the two open conference sessions (from 11.00-13.00 and from 14.00-16.00) of ESTA’s Energy Conference, network with our member experts from across the energy sector and gain valuable energy updates. What will I get by attending? Find out more about latest ESTA initiatives including Cognitive Energy Expand your network of fellow members and energy sector professionals. Attend... Read More