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Risk Management? – Not just for Health and Safety

Hear the words ‘Determining Risk’ and most small businesses  may instantly conjure up  health and safety risk assessments that have become part and parcel of day to day business  activities.

Increasingly, Corporate Responsibility relies on embracing a wider vision to ensure that the ethos of your business in congruent with the values and perceptions of your customers. For example, raw  materials and their sources  not being impacted by  conflict minerals, or that your supply chain does not contain any goods or services created through child or slave labour.   There is also a Mandatory annual statement required by businesses with £36m + turn over to demonstrate the actions taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in their operations or supply chain under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.

For anyone with an ISO certification, the transition onto the 2015 standard, particularly for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and 45001 requirements, risk management has become part of everyday vocabulary.   The new standards centre around the actions to address risk and opportunities, taking the focus for the context of the organisation wider than in previous versions.  Stakeholders both internal and external now have to be identified, along with any considerations that may be required to understand their needs and expectations.  Sub contractors and outsourced process activities have  now become  part of the system, with the risk of any perceived or actual affect on the products and services that the organisation produces needing to be identified and actioned.

For growing businesses, risk management is an everyday occurrence.  The potential market place, competition, customer satisfaction pressures, and being agile enough to embrace and ‘nutribullet the shit out of’  embryonic  technologies and talent requires a telescopic viewpoint of emerging risks and markets.  Taking that viewpoint one step closer, how many organisations  routinely consider the risks closer to home that would affect the delivery of their day to day business?  The risk of being left in the lurch by your skilled ‘Go To’ guru having a lottery win when he is the only one who knows a certain process,  or how you handle the change to a major supplier or logistic company to prevent chaos reigning?  Even your payment terms can create risks.   Will your small suppliers or specialist contractors still treat your break down as an emergency if you have put them on longer tighter payment terms that don’t serve them?   How many organisations have considered and planned contingencies for the affects of short term weather patterns, or the affect to their supply chain or overseas operations from climate change?

If any of these factors have made uncomfortable reading, then attending a Lean2Sustain workshop  can help you consider practically how you can plan for and affect a more sustainable business. Not only will we enable you  to  recognise where the risks lie to your business, but how to design out actual and transactional wastes to make you leaner and improve your sustainability – in both the Corporate Responsibility and viable meaning of sustainable business.


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Renewable Energy Drive in Japan

Another interesting article below on “Renewables”. It looks as though  there is a stronger move in this direction, and potentially away from Nuclear Fission . People are really thinking about the bigger picture with respect to “Energy”. As always,  there is  a real business driver not just a desire to go “cleaner”, but in this case with the advent of feed-in tariffs, this has really helped the shift in thinking. I read another recent article around how the growth of “renewables” is now also having an impact on research projects such as nuclear fusion research. If we go back to the 80’s  was going to be the  holy grail of energy generation.

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Solar Power

Interesting recent post from the World Economic Forum . At a global level solar energy supply will surpass nuclear energy by the end of the year in terms of generating capability in Gigawatts.

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Cheaper Wind Energy

It is great to see that the most recent rounds of CfD ,Contracts for Difference, that renewable energy (see link to Carbon Brief report for detail ) is becoming considerably cheaper with the unit prices of wind energy and solar, continually coming down.

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Green Light for WE Wind Farm

The UK government has recently given the green light for the next phase of the EA Wind Farm off the coast of Norfolk. It looks like Scottish Power are going to have some stiff competition in the bidding process from DONG Energy.

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Extending the Life

There was a very interesting article in the June TCE (Chemical Engineer Magazine) around battery recycling particularly in respect to EV’s, in an article called “Back from the Dead”. A company called Aceleron, ar looking behind the science, data and technology for getting the most out of Li Ion cells used in EV batteries.

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A Circular Economy – A Paradigm too far ?

For as long as I can remember we have lived in a boom-bust economy.  Our GDP linked to global  markets – at the mercy of the next world economy to come on stream wanting to develop infrastructure and create commercial growth as far as the money lasts.  We gear up to meet demand, and then fall into recession when the bubble bursts, creating hardship and casualties for those caught up in fallout.

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Rubber (Plastic) Roads

If you hear the words rubber roads a number of things come to mind. As a amateur racing driver, I think potentially more “grip”. There is a new phenomena taking place. The concept of recycled plastic containers and bottles being combed from our seas and waste dumps, to be converted and substituted for the bitumen that binds our road asphalt. India has been doing it since 2002, and the Netherlands is now actively pursuing it.

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Alternative Transport

There is a lot in the press at the moment about sustainable transport , e-cars, hybrid cars, hydrogen trains, LNG powered super-tankers, but what about e-bikes. These are gradually gaining profile.

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