Monday, April 22, 2019
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Whether for climate change or increased fuel and waste charges, whatever the motivation, can you afford not to manage your environmental impact?

Last night’s Panorama on BBC1 focussed on the ongoing debate about climate change, is it happening or not; they went around to the top climate experts in the world and found that even the scientists who are most sceptical agreed that it is likely to be happening and that the behaviour of humans is at least partially responsible.

Whether you are a believer or not, I think I am or at least, looking at the data available believe that if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck then it probably is a duck, no business owner can turn a blind eye to the fact that environmental taxes are increasing running costs.

At the international climate summits held between the leaders of the worlds countries, a principle known as “The Precautionary Principle” has been adopted, nobody is certain that climate change is happening but we can’t afford to ignore it because if we get it wrong, it’ll be too late.

The next enviromental principle being adopted internationally is “The Polluter Pays” which BP are feeling very acutely at present.

It is these principles which are behind the application of the Climate Change Levy which businesses will find on their site’s fuel bill; the Land Fill tax, Pollution Prevention and Control Licenses and environmental penalties for people that offend.

Although I would not recommend to all small businesses that they achieve the Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001, which is geared towards minimising the environmental charges listed above, I would relish the opportunity to work with business of all sizes to investigate their environmental costs and see what, if anything, could be changed to reduce this impact. Reduce your running costs and score points with the environmentally aware, what could be better?