Beyond Green Summer Sustainability News

Building skills, creating solutions

Codeclan collaboration

Paul of Beyond Green first heard about CodeClan at a Women Who Code meetup earlier this year. Inspired by CodeClan's mission - to lead Scotland's progress in building a high-performing digital economy by providing valuable training to people wanting to develop skills for this sector - Paul met up with Codeclan CEO Melinda Matthews and Lead Instructor, Pawel Orzechowsk.

From the outset, we knew there was a great collaborative opportunity to start the journey of turning the Arena17 concept into reality. Excited by the project Claire, Mike, and Simon brought their passion and new skills to the Beyond Green office to work with us.

Read more about CodeClan's experience here!

Developing skills and employment opportunities aligns to Beyond Green values, and we are delighted to be an official CodeClan Partner. With all new ventures/ideas it’s who joins you in the arena that’s key and we look forward to welcoming the next CodeClan group on step 2 of the journey.

Local Energy Plans: Community engagement beyond our support!

After only 6 months working with us, communities in Drumnadrochit and Brae will take the next steps on their journey towards implementing their Local Energy Plans. Collaborating with Pam CandeaOsbert LancasterChris Asensio and Angela Gardner to facilitate community engagement and empower community members, has been a very rewarding process as our approach has progressed. Remote support can be challenging and we certainly learnt a great deal as we reported on the project. Time will confirm how successful our intervention was and we certainly built a very good relationship with Gareth Oakley from the Wood Group, as his team provided technical support.

Something tasty with your coffee?

Most of us check out reviews of products, films, books & restaurants these days, before we even think about making a decision. Those little stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ can do a lot for reputation and our trust in something. Here at Beyond Green, we decided to go a bit further and asked one of our long-term clients for some direct feedback on how we have performed.

Last week, Adam from Paterson Arran, the famous Scottish shortbread and oatcake bakers, popped in for a chat.
This is what he said!...

Mission Impossible: Winning a weather claim

At CECA Scotland Environmental Forum, Paul and Karen Ogilvy, Director of Castle Group Scotland (one of our first clients), presented their success story of winning an adverse weather claim. A notoriously difficult and costly proposition, the company usually dismisses the business case to make a claim.
A timely conversation with Paul reassured them that a pragmatic approach would quickly and cheaply give them confidence to pursue a claim or not. Drawing on expertise in environmental systems and business assurance, Paul provided strong evidence that unusually high rainfall (see chart below) was unpredictable and correlated to project delays recorded by Castle. For Karen, the 3 pages report along with their commercial case resulted in a full recovery of costs turning a significant loss into profit. Read more about this case study here.

Some key outcomes of our work demonstrated here:

    • Reports that are readable, reliable, relevant and give confidence to non-experts

  • Process improvements can reduce risks and costs for future projects

The secret - we adapt our assurance approach to meet our client’s needs by working with solid principles, taking a big-picture view, and only drive into detail where it adds value to the expected outcome.

Considering the bigger picture, this provides another evidence that climate change is real and impacts small businesses.

Local Energy Plans: Community engagement beyond our support!

After only 6 months working with us, communities in Drumnadrochit and Brae will take the next steps on their journey towards implementing their Local Energy Plans. Collaborating with Pam CandeaOsbert LancasterChris Asensio and Angela Gardner to facilitate community engagement and empower community members, has been a very rewarding process as our approach has progressed. Remote support can be challenging and we certainly learnt a great deal as we reported on the project. Time will confirm how successful our intervention was and we certainly built a very good relationship with Gareth Oakley from the Wood Group, as his team provided technical support.

Something tasty with your coffee?

Most of us check out reviews of products, films, books & restaurants these days, before we even think about making a decision. Those little stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ can do a lot for reputation and our trust in something. Here at Beyond Green, we decided to go a bit further and asked one of our long-term clients for some direct feedback on how we have performed.
Last week, Adam from Paterson Arran, the famous Scottish shortbread and oatcake bakers, popped in for a chat.
This is what he said!...

Mission Impossible: Winning a weather claim

At CECA Scotland Environmental Forum, Paul and Karen Ogilvy, Director of Castle Group Scotland (one of our first clients), presented their success story of winning an adverse weather claim. A notoriously difficult and costly proposition, the company usually dismisses the business case to make a claim.
A timely conversation with Paul reassured them that a pragmatic approach would quickly and cheaply give them confidence to pursue a claim or not. Drawing on expertise in environmental systems and business assurance, Paul provided strong evidence that unusually high rainfall (see chart below) was unpredictable and correlated to project delays recorded by Castle. For Karen, the 3 pages report along with their commercial case resulted in a full recovery of costs turning a significant loss into profit. Read more about this case study here.

Some key outcomes of our work demonstrated here:

    • Reports that are readable, reliable, relevant and give confidence to non-experts

  • Process improvements can reduce risks and costs for future projects

The secret - we adapt our assurance approach to meet our client’s needs by working with solid principles, taking a big-picture view, and only drive into detail where it adds value to the expected outcome.

Considering the bigger picture, this provides another evidence that climate change is real and impacts small businesses.

A Sustainable Journey with IOM

The Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) has been on a sustainable journey with us recently and has made many changes to their site, teams and operations. Have a look at our case study infographic to see how we helped them implement a 70kWp solar PV system; begin an energy monitoring programme; run Sustainable Development Goals workshops for staff and upgrade their Environmental Management System to the latest ISO14001:2015 standard.

VIBES Awards 2018

Beyond Green are looking to continue its journey towards a VIBES (Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland) award, this time in the Active and Sustainable Travel category. We are thrilled to be announced as a finalist and we are continuing to push on with our active and sustainable travel efforts. Our annual commuting target of 3,750 miles (39.1 laps of the West Highland Way) is sitting at 48% completed and we are right on target with our success to date 100%.

We also had fantastic weather for our trip up Ben Vorlich. Take a look at the video of our little adventure here.

Beyond Green performance against the Scottish National Performance Framework

Earlier this month saw the UKSSD release a comprehensive report of the UK ‘Measuring Up’ against the Sustainable Development Goals. It is vital to measure the performance of progress to understand and target future efforts.

The findings of this report showed that of the 143 targets applicable to the UK, 24% showed good performance, 57% showed gaps in policy coverage or inadequate performance, and 15% showed little or no policy in place or poor performance. Additionally, there was a 3% gap in data.

Within Scotland, the National Performance Framework aims to fulfil 11 national outcomes, using 81 indicators to determine their performance. This demonstrates commitment towards the SDGs as the 17 goals have been mapped against the NPF outcomes to align and embed their shared ambitions.

The Arena17 will enable businesses to understand their current performance and potential economic, environmental, and social improvements. This information will also serve as an indication towards the NPF and in turn the SDGs.

Take a look at how Beyond Green is currently performing against its relevant NPF outcomes.

Take a look at our office after its recent makeover complete with logo and mission statement. Still two desks available for co-working!