Building a Greener, More Profitable Future – ISO 14001
For quite some time now, we have heard environmental catchphrases like ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, ‘do your share for cleaner air’, and ‘the solution is less pollution’ in an attempt to increase environmental awareness.
However, it is no secret that global warming is continuing to rise at an alarming rate. In fact, the earth’s surface temperature in 2020 was around 0.98 Celsius degrees warmer than the 20th-century average.
Construction's Relationship with the Environment
Materials such as stone and aggregates are used every day in projects and have helped build some of the most magnificent structures around us today. However, the sand and gravel extraction of these resources comes at a cost to the environment. And by that, we mean loss of habitat and ecosystem, damage to landscape and noise pollution.
When it comes to energy consumption, considering direct use and embodied energy, the construction industry contributes to around 4.5% of the national total. Construction generates over 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Environmental Management Systems and Construction
The statistics shared so far may have got you thinking… as a construction company, how can you do your bit for the planet? The good news is that building a greener future is much easier than you might think, and there are some serious benefits for your business as well as the environment.
If you like the sound of an improved company reputation, reducing your operating costs and demonstrating compliance, then ISO 14001 is perfect for you.
ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. The standard can help your construction company stand out from the rest and win the trust of stakeholders. This is achieved through focussing on environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, which is particularly important as, throughout the construction cycle, large quantities of waste are produced.
Getting Certified - What to Expect
The process of attaining your certification is simple and stress-free! At Swift Certification, we pride ourselves on delivering our service in a friendly and timely manner.
Here’s what to expect:
1. The Preparation Stage – this involves speaking with one of our friendly, expert auditors who will answer any questions you have, and ensure you have all the information you need.
2. Initial Stage One Assessment – during this stage our auditors will review the practices you already have in place and identify areas that require improvement or change in order to achieve your certification. Our auditors will issue a full report highlighting the areas to work on prior to the next step.
3. Initial Stage Two Assessment – once you are ready, we will review the changes you have made and see if you have met the requirements of the ISO Standard. Our auditor will then highlight any areas for improvement.
4. Annual Review – Surveillance – as part of the ISO Certification you are required to have an annual surveillance visit to ensure you have maintained compliance.