We advise businesses, universities, councils and other public bodies, providing practical guidance on cost-effective, tried and tested solutions. Because global greenhouse gas emissions will now inevitably lead to major climate change impacts, and since the consequences of these will become more painful the longer it takes to reduce emissions and learn to adapt to impacts, government now requires public bodies, and increasingly smaller, as well as larger, businesses to pursue and report upon climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Our Director, Paul Gill is experienced in facilitating workshops helping involve your key personnel in the following areas:
With the objective of reducing carbon emissions, ESS Solutions:
- guides our clients in collating the necessary data to calculate and monitor their carbon footprints, following internationally recognised standards and protocols;
- assists with climate change strategies and reports;
- provides tailored advice on energy demand management and efficiency measures, renewable and low carbon energy generation and transport choices; and
- identifies suitable land management strategies and carbon-offsetting projects.
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
ESS Solutions helps with the development and application of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Our Director, Paul Gill’s experience dates back to his climate change policy work for Safe Energy, the energy campaign of Friends of the Earth Scotland in 1992-93, and has continued through to the present with active involvement in the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EUAC), and advice to businesses on understanding and preparing for the impacts of the changing climate. We will help you systematically review those areas of risk and uncertainty which have the potential to disrupt, damage and even destabilise your operations and assets, and will assist you to develop and apply measures to mitigate and reduce these.
Green Transport Planning
We can work closely with your personnel to help your organisation:
- plan and reduce the need for journeys;
- encourage cycling to and during work and study by improving facilities and providing incentives;
- choose hybrid, electric, and/or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for your fleets;
- consider membership of car and bike share schemes; and
- use eco-driving training to save costs and get the most from hybrid, electric, and any vehicle.
These measures can all substantially reduce costs, your organisation’s carbon footprint, and transport emissions. We can help you introduce and develop ways to support cycling within your organisation, and apply for a Cycle-Friendly Employer Grant from Cycling Scotland to fund cycle parking, signage, marketing, cycle events, lockers and showers. Car and bike-share schemes, transport hubs and electric vehicle charging stations are expanding across the UK, and hybrid and electric taxis are soon going to be appearing on the streets of Edinburgh. We can help you access eco-driving training, which in conventional petrol and diesel cars results in average fuel savings of 5-10%, while in electric and hybrid cars even greater savings and range extensions are possible. Transport Scotland has projected that by 2030 up to half of all diesel and petrol cars will have been removed from Scotland’s roads, and that by 2040 almost all new vehicles sold will have near-zero emissions. With our assistance you can keep up to date with the latest developments and options to make good choices of vehicles and infrastructure for your pool and grey fleets.
Environmental Management Systems
ESS Training offers support to businesses and other organisations to help bring all of their efforts to understand and reduce their environmental impacts together within a formal written Environmental Management System. This can be of particular value to those aiming to supply services and products to larger organisations, which increasingly require seemingly onerous and expensive certification for their Environmental Management Systems under ISO 14001, often together with Quality Management Systems under ISO 9001 and Health & Safety Management Systems under OHSAS 18001. We can guide you to follow our experience in cost-effectively creating an integrated QHSE Management System from pre-existing documents and templates, gaining certification under these ISO standards, and achieving 99.45 to 100% scores under the UVDB Verify scheme, without which it is not possible to provide services to most electricity, gas and water utilities, lead project developers and asset managers.
Building upon his work with the Forestry Commission, and on upland and peatland habitats throughout the Cairngorms for SNH on Mar Lodge, Glen Feshie, Rothiemurcus, Abernethy, Invercauld, Inchrory and other estates, on National Parks and in agriculture with SNH and Scottish Environment Link, as well as at many onshore wind farm sites, our Director Paul Gill advises landowners and managers on appropriate land use strategies and improved management. On peatlands we have recommended, designed and monitored forest restructuring, woodland regeneration and reducing carbon emissions by controlling grazing, reversing moorland drainage, and introducing a rotational muirburn plan, for example to compensate for impacts on birds and vegetation and enable development to proceed.