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Celebrating 30 years of Verco; An interview with Jeff Kenna

As part of our 30 year anniversary we are reflecting on the history of Verco. Jeff Kenna who founded ESD back in 1989 talks to us about the company's early years, how it was formed, the projects it was involved with and the 'work hard' ethos that was established from the start.So how did the company originate and develop over the last 30 years?In the 1980s there was nothing renewable energy-wise in Europe. So we thought we’d set up a company and came up with the name ESD (Energy for Sustainable Development), not just doing consultancy work, but looking for new ideas to create new businesses, which would provide renewable energy services, technologies, and products. Read


Tom Adeyoola joins the Verco board

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Adeyoola to the Verco board as a Non-Executive Director. Tom is an experienced tech entrepreneur and founder of Metail, an innovative visualisation and fit solution for the clothing industry. Tom was named amongst the “Ones to Watch” in the Telegraph’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders in 2018. Other Non-Executive positions include Do Nation, an environmental behaviour change platform and formerly Elvie, a women's personal wellness technology company. Tom joins us at an exciting time as we develop the tools to deliver on our vision to provide solutions for a zero carbon world. Read


Verco celebrates 30 years!

October 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Verco’s founding – a period which has seen the company expand, diversify and shift through multiple incarnations, before, as Dave Worthington (Managing Director) remarks, emerging “back out the other side as an independent consultancy again”. Sustainability has remained at the heart of the company’s collective ethos however, leading to many successful projects and partnerships across the globe.The company now known as Verco, was originally established in Ethiopia in 1989. Jeff Kenna, one of its founders, recalls “In the 1980s there was nothing renewable energy-wise in Europe. So we thought we’d set up a company, and came up with the name ESD (Energy for Sustainable Development) – not just doing consultancy work, but looking for new ideas to create new businesses, which would provide renewable energy services, technologies and products”. Read


Woodland conservation day in Bath

On Thursday 5th September, our Overmoor office donated a day of time to help maintain the 24-acre community woodland on the western edge of Bath.Primrose Hill Community Woodland is maintained and enhanced by Primrose Hill Community Woodland Trust. The trust bought the woodland in 2012 and has been maintaining and enhancing it ever since. The Trust works with others in the community including ‘Grow Yourself’, a local Community Interest Company which offers unemployed 18-25 year olds the opportunity to work in the community. Read


Carbon reporting has evolved from CRC to SECR

The requirements for GHG reporting have changed with the arrival of the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR).SECR is the UK government's new energy and carbon reporting scheme. The purpose of SECR is to: Read


Verco's Chorley office donates time to the Wildlife Trust

Based on the site of an old quarry, Brockholes Nature Reserve is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside. The Trust has used their expertise to create habitats for lots of different wildlife in 250 acres of reserve and Verco Chorley visited for the third year running on Wednesday to carry out their annual team volunteering afternoon.In past years they have helped with the removal of Himalayan Balsam and created some dead hedges along one of the many trails the site has. This year however they assisted in removing dock and ragwort plants from one of the meadows. Read


UK Government expects listed companies to disclose climate risk in line with TCFD by 2022, how will they respond?

The call for companies to be more transparent about their climate-related risks and opportunities has received a big push in the UK, thanks to the Government’s newly published Green Finance Strategy. This sets an expectation for all listed companies and large asset owners to disclose in line with the Task-force for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) recommendations by 2022. A task-force of UK regulators chaired by Government is being set up to look into the most effective way of achieving this, including how to make the TCFD recommendations mandatory. In this article, Tim Crozier-Cole - Head of Strategy and Research at Verco - comments on the status of TCFD presently and how companies are likely to respond. Read


Outstanding environmental reporting - fully automated

The transition to zero carbon requires an evolution in environmental reporting. Report for Zero is a service designed for sustainability executives who want to use their environmental data to drive insight into performance.Download the report for zero brochure Read


Zero Carbon Futures: What now, what next? – Reflections from the Crowd event

Verco was proud to sponsor the Crowd’s well timed event on Zero Carbon Futures last month. A lot has happened since then- The House of Commons has approved legislation for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and Teresa May has used this as a platform to encourage others to follow our lead at the G20 Summit, highlighting the need for a five-fold increase on existing 2030 commitments if we are to remain below 1.5 degrees of warming. Read


Why we should be aiming for zero

Climate change is contributing to political instability and poses a threat to the economic development across the globe. Combined with resource depletion and population growth, climate change is a major threat to the peace and prosperity of all societies. Read


Verco goes plastic free for a week

As a result of our successful plastic free week in 2018, we decided to kick-off plastic free July with another plastic free week in our three offices. This has been a great opportunity to reflect on where we use plastic and look at ways to make improvements. Read


Pathways to zero: Webinar co-hosted with The Crowd

The drive towards ‘Net Zero’ is now an urgent call to action for business, national governments and international institutions. Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sobering conclusion that we must reach net-zero emissions by 2050 to prevent further climate breakdown and deliver genuinely sustainable development, the transition to a net-zero economy has become a major public cause and a practical business goal. Read


Shell Springboard: Meet the six national finalists

Verco are proud to support the delivery of Springboard – one of the UK’s leading funding competitions for low carbon innovation. For the last 14 years Verco have been Shell’s technical assessment delivery partner - our role is to review and evaluate the low carbon business ideas submitted to the programme, of which there are routinely over 100 each year. We select the 16 who will proceed to the semi-finals. This is based on the credibility of the commercial strategy, the level of innovation demonstrated and the potential of the idea having a material impact on the transition to zero carbon. Read