The way I work
Firstly, I require a good understanding of your current environmental and sustainability engagement and position. Therefore, I will conduct a thorough assessment. This is called the “fact finding phase”. Amongst other things, I’ll be checking the following:
- What have you done so far to addressing the sustainability issue?
- Are you meeting your statutory environmental obligations?
- Do you operate a “Environmental Management System” of any type?
- Are you engaged with any “green” guidance schemes?
- What energy consumption data do you have available? What does it tell us?
- How committed are you and your operating team to work on sustainability?
My review will also follow closely the assessment criteria of the “Green Tourism” grading scheme, subject to what type of operation you have.
Consequently, after summarising my findings, we (that means you, your team and I) will develop a plan how to move forward. Hence, the planning phase will lead to the implementation phase.
What we have to do
We will have an abundance of action points based on my review. These will be structured into categories and then we’ll set priorities.
For example, some of these priorities will focus on
- reducing waste – where does the waste come from? How much single use plastic are we using and what measures would we have to take to reduce waste?
- lowering the energy consumption – we need to have a clear breakdown of all energy and water consumption in order to find ways to reduce the consumption
- review your procurement system – how can it be made more sustainable by e.g. increasing the use of local produce and working with sustainable suppliers
- management set up – what management and administrative tools are in place to improve sustainability?
Conducting a cost-benefit assessment is very important as we are looking at potential savings and cross-reference those with costs which may occur. For example, installing more efficient equipment will cost you at first but will save money in the long term.
Finally, we will have an action plan ready for implementation. We will set target dates, assign responsibilities and review any cost implications. It will be your and your team’s job to get the work done. It is important to review the progress on a regular basis in order to quantify the results.