Energy and Environmental Consultants UK (EEUK) is a non-profit organization that offers independent, objective, and unbiased guidance regarding environmental, economic and social issues affecting the environment and our society as a whole. It was set up in 1992 to fill the gap left by regulatory authorities at both national and regional levels. The aim of the organization is to provide a united voice for the various interests in the environment. It conducts research and seminars on all areas of energy and environment. It advocates for a greener and safer environment for the future generations.
This year, the International Greenhouse Derives (IGLD) released their report on the future of energy and environment. In the report, the organization highlights that the shift towards ‘greener’ living is irreversible one, and that progress cannot be made in a day or two. The report also indicates that the rate of change is accelerating and there will be major shifts in the types of material that are used, and consequently in the types of products that are manufactured. According to the IGRD, it is a serious problem that the general public is not yet aware of the severity of the problem or how to tackle it. Therefore, the focus of energy and environment consultants and should be based on educating the public about the issues and ensuring greater awareness and commitment to the preservation of the environment.
In its report, the IGRD indicates that there is need for an annual review of its services and the condition of its analysis and recommendations. An independent energy and environment consultants and should ensure its own integrity and ensure that its recommendations are being followed. This may be difficult in current economic times, given the high level of uncertainty, but the essential point is that the business of energy and environment consultants should not be affected by this. An annual return on your investment provides the reassurance that your consultant has not become an irrelevant piece of expenditure.
It is important for prospective clients to be provided with a certificate that identifies their consultant and the organisation they work for (or have previously worked for), as well as information relating to the organisation and its activities for the past two years. A certificate of confirmation should be provided in the interests of ensuring that an organisation is reputable and has not become overvalued. For example, if your organisation’s value has risen dramatically over the last few years and if a large number of its clients are dissatisfied, then you will need to confirm that the value of your organisation has not been exaggerated and the investment made was appropriate. Similarly, where a company is in voluntary liquidation or is going through financial difficulty, you will need to confirm that the reasons for the situation are not because of mismanagement or the inability of the company to manage itself.
An IGRD should keep records of its activity for the previous two years. It should keep detailed accounts of its projects, expenses and payments. It should also show evidence of the progress made on all its projects during the last two years. In order to be confirmed as being in a proper state in which to operate for the coming years, a company needs to be in operation for one year or longer, and also requires a project manager or IGRD who can give evidence that the company and its activities for the last two years are in compliance with IGRDs principles.
It is necessary and advisable to provide the organisation undertaking the review with copies of all the accounts for the past two years. This should include all relevant documentation, including invoices, receipts and discharge papers. If you are unable to find all of the documentation relating to the past two years, you may be able to find them online. The documentation should be comprehensive, covering all aspects of the organisation and its operations for the last two years.