Setting the green standard

City & Guilds and IEMA launch game-changing environmental training package

19 August 2013

Many UK businesses could go bust if they don’t go green and embrace cleaner technologies, according to Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the UK’s Carbon Trust, a not-for-profit organisation advising businesses on how to reduce their energy usage, earlier this year. 

As energy costs grow, businesses must improve their approach to sustainability to avoid ‘sleepwalking into a resource crunch’, warns Delay. Research by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs shows that UK businesses could save up to £55 billion a year by reducing water consumption, waste production and carbon emissions, and by having a green workforce. And there could be major benefits to running an energy-efficient operation, whether you oversee an industrial complex or a local shop.

Recognising the savings that businesses could make by embracing a greener attitude to energy usage, City & Guilds has teamed up with the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) to create an environmental training package for all workers.

Three training courses have been developed to provide training to staff at all levels in the importance of resource efficiency, the impacts of pollution and the main environmental risks and opportunities facing organisations. The courses also include strategic discussions at a senior executive level on an organisation’s ability to do business in the long term, looking at how environmental sustainability can create new sources of value within the business. The courses last between half a day and two days and typically cost between £75 and £750.

‘Since the training we’ve seen a reduction in energy use, matched with an increase in recycling, at the plants where our delegates work,’ says James Kokiet, Royal Mail Environment Manager, whose workforce participated in the pilot courses last year. ‘We already plan to put a further 100 of our staff from plants across the country through the Working with Environmental Sustainability course by the end of 2013, so I can see this becoming ingrained in Royal Mail’s training provision.’

The qualifications place the environment within a relevant business context, combining the environmental expertise of IEMA with City & Guilds, industry leaders in delivering quality qualifications on a large scale.

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