EVORA Wins Award for ISO14001 Accreditation Support

By Rachael Entwistle, Sustainability Consultant, EVORA

Being filmed is definitely not in my job description, but that’s what I found myself doing on a sunny August day in Liverpool's Chavasse Park. I was answering questions about the work EVORA has done with Liverpool ONE over the last three years.

I had been invited to the RARAs – the Reward and Recognition Awards which Liverpool ONE holds annually, not only to recognise the accomplishments of its own staff, but also its tenants, suppliers, and contractors. I had no idea what I was filming for; it was vaguely mentioned that EVORA had been nominated for an award – but I didn't know which award and little did I suspect that we were in with a chance of winning.

A Beautiful Location and a Great Theme!

The awards were held at the beautiful Eaton Hall in Cheshire. The invite to the RARAs had warned us to be on alert for deer, but I had no idea there would be hundreds roaming around the estate with a penchant for leaping into the road... Not a great way to calm the nerves! (A glass of champagne, however, did do the trick!) The theme for the evening was Copacabana, which was kicked off with Brazilian dancers and live samba drummers – definitely not my normal Thursday night!

Our Three-Year Engagement with Liverpool ONE

Various awards were given out on the night, recognising the stars of Liverpool ONE and its tenants. Then, before dessert, came our moment. We had been nominated by the Operations Director, Chris Grundy, and Health Safety and Compliance Manager, Karen Palmer, for the ONE Award for Collaboration.

Our three years of work, which began with a one-off sustainability assessment that identified - and achieved - £7,000 of operational annual electricity savings for no cost outlay, had developed into an ongoing partnership between ourselves and Liverpool ONE, going from strength-to-strength. This culminated in the appointment of a new external ISO14001 auditing body (to better meet the needs of Liverpool ONE than the previous incumbent) following a re-tendering process managed by EVORA and eventual re-certification of the Environmental Management System to ISO14001 after a thorough three-day external audit.

We won!

The second the video started playing, I knew we had won, because the interview I'd recorded a month earlier was playing on the huge TV screens, all intercut with interviews by Karen and Chris! The positive comments from Karen and Chris were amazing to hear; often we deliver our services and know we have done a good job, but it can be rare to receive such direct and public positive feedback. Chris Grundy presented the award.

Our collaboration with Liverpool ONE is continuing to grow. We are currently working on their five-year energy strategy, which will provide them with a long-term sustainability vision. Additionally, transitional works are due to commence on the Liverpool ONE EMS to ensure alignment with ISO14001:2015.

All in all, it’s a very exciting time to be working with Liverpool ONE and we are proud to call them a client!

"Liverpool ONE has a number of KPIs listed within its current Business Plan.

One of our strategic goals is to maintain ISO14001 certification for our Environmental Management System. We have once again managed to achieve this objective through our long-term collaboration with EVORA.

EVORA has provided expert knowledge, advice and support on a variety of topics including ISO14001, improvement initiatives, monitoring performance and legal compliance on an on-going basis in order to achieve our aims.

We have built up a strong working relationship with EVORA, which has delivered a number of tangible benefits and we look forward to continuing the partnership into the future."

Karen Palmer, Health Safety and Compliance Manager, Liverpool ONE

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