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Seminars and Events

Seminars and events are normally free for GBN Members to attend. Seminars are held once every month and focus on meeting ISO 14001 requirements and applying Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for sustainable development.


Water and Environmental Issues

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 24 January 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

The Water Retail Market how will it really benefit you and what else can be done to reduce water charges.

In April 2017, the non-household customer market was deregulated, with commercial/industrial water users able to choose alternative retail water companies other than their historical service provider.

Nick Butt of UB Corporate (Utility Bidder) will give an insight into how the retail market has performed to date, who really benefits from the market and the true levels of savings that are available.

He will also discuss how larger savings on water charges comes from direct action by the customer in reducing water consumption and ensuring that elements of the bill are correct.

There will also be a short demonstration of TrueView, an utilities consumption monitoring and pricing platform, aimed at getting larger single and multi-site operations the ability control utilities consumption and costs more effectively.

The session will end with a workshop where delegates have the chance to exchange best practice. This seminar is free to GBN members. Non-members are welcome to attend at a cost of 30 +VAT payable in advance.

Speaker: Nick Butt, Utilitybidder

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ISO 14001: 2015 Best Practice

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 28 February 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

This session will look at an aspect of ISO 14001: 2015 highlighting best practice. Details to be confirmed.

Speaker: Dr Margaret Rooney, NQA

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Plastic!

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 28 March 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

Plastic packaging looks likely to be the hot topic in the environmental world this year. 2018 could be the year when we see a combined consumer and government drive to reduce single use plastic.

In this seminar, we will explain what's driving the demand for reduction, where the pressure is coming from, and what the alternatives are likely to be.

A formal presentation will be followed by a workshop where delegates can exchange best practice.

The seminar is free to GBN members. Non members are welcome to attend at a cost of 30 +VAT per delegate.

Speaker: TBC

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Transport - Addressing environmental issues

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 25 April 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

This session will look at how to address issues such as staff parking, staff commuting and how to overcome barriers to ensuring your workers understand and use the most environmentally friendly transport options. We will not be covering freight and logistics in this session. This is an issue we will look at later in the year. Full details to be confirmed.

Speaker: To be confirmed

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To be confirmed

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 30 May 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

Session to be confirmed.

Speaker: TBC

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To be confirmed

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 20 June 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

This seminar will focus on an area relating to environmental performance. The topic and speaker will be published soon, but the date will be 20 June.

Speaker: TBC

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Integrating environment and quality under the new framework standards

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 18 July 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

This session will look at how best to integrate ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 under the new framework standards. It will also touch on how health and safety can be brought under the same management system structure.

Dr Margaret Rooney is an experienced auditor, who previously worked for the UKAS accredited certification body NQA. She has a wealth of expertise in this area.

The seminar will comprise a formal presentation followed by a workshop session, where delegates will be encouraged to share best practice.

The seminar is free to GBN members; others are welcome to attend at a cost of 30 +VAT per delegate.

Speaker: Dr Margaret Rooney, NQA

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Environmental Law Update

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

This seminar will provide a look at basic environmental law that applies to all businesses, and will then introduce any new or future legislation that is likely to impact on companies.

The seminar will comprise a formal presentation, followed by a Q&A session and a quiz.

The seminar is free to GBN members; others are welcome to attend at a cost of 30 +VAT

Speaker: TBC

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TBC

Location: The Forest Centre

Date: 21 November 2018
Time: 08.00 to 10.30

This seminar will look at an element of ISO 14001: 2015 and address the issues of best practice. Full details to be confirmed.

Speaker: Dr Sarah Williams, University of Bedfordshire

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