Monthly Archives: April 2014

EQ’s Office Running Off Grid

PV PanelsEQ’s office is now solar powered with a 3.5kW PV system installed on the roof which powers all the operational needs through daylight hours. We are delighted to be able to reduce our carbon footprint in this manner and see it as our first step on the road to being carbon neutral.

At the other end of the scale the German energy company RWE has revealed plans to install photovoltaic panels with a 37 MW capacity at an old airbase in Oxfordshire.  This will be 144,000 PV panels that will be capable of providing enough power for around 10,000 homes and over its lifetime will save around 380,000 tonnes of carbon.

EQ are hoping for a sunny 2014!

National Embodied Carbon Week

w/c 7th April is National Embodied Carbon Week – the UK Green Building Council and WRAP are calling on the construction industry to highlight the importance of embodied carbon in the built environment.  There is a whole week of events and EQ Consultancy will be getting involved.  One of the key areas is to have  an industry standard method of measuring and reporting embodied carbon, UK GBC and WRAP will be launching their new reporting toolkit this week and EQ will be in attendance at the launch for what we hope will resolve this issue.

Not sitting on our laurels EQ are working with a client and already pioneering the need to highlight embodied carbon and on a current project at we have implemented numerous measures to reduce overall carbon and will be delivering to our client an embodied carbon neutral building.  This will also enable us to engage with the local community and schools, offering education on carbon and the chance for a local school to have a tree planting and carbon offsetting day with the project team.

All of this follows swiftly on the back of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released last week which observed that the impacts of climate change have already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplied and people’s livelihoods.  The report highlighted that the impacts are occurring from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents and from the very wealthiest countries to the poorest.

This truly is an issue that touches people, societies and ecosystems around the world.  Chris Field , Co-chair of Working Group II said “We definitely face challenges, but understanding those challenges and tackling them creatively can make climate-change adaptation an important way to help build a more vibrant world in the near-term and beyond”

That sounds like a challenge that EQ Consultancy are up for – are you?

For more info on how EQ can help you realise your green credentials go to http://www.eq-consultancy.co.uk