Now-a-days the whole world is talking about environmental and sustainability issues such as climate change, environmental degradation, pollution, and waste management.
It has been made extremely clear that people and businesses need to implement change to their everyday lives to reduce the impact on the environment.
Many businesses are now realising the benefits of implementing environmental and sustainability practices such as operational efficiency, gaining competitive advantage and the changing regulation such as the UK and Irish government’s putting 2050 net-zero plans in place and the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In 2015, all members of the United Nations (UN) approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – an action plan to help people and the planet as a road map to green recovery and over come the current crisis in search for a more sustainable world.
Since then, more businesses are pushing to become more eco-friendly with more businesses increasing their environmental related spend.
Both the UK and Ireland have put in place plans to reduce net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. But how can your business reduce emissions and benefit from reduced costs and operational efficiency?
By implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) such as ISO 14001 to become more eco-friendly and put in place a system of continual improvement.
The cost of implementing of an EMS can be easily justified by and offset against the spiralling cost of factors such as energy and waste management. Implementing an EMS like ISO 14001 can have a massively positive impact and demonstrates to customers that your organisation is committed to reducing its environmental impact.
Benefits of an Environmental Management System (EMS)
An EMS can Reduce Utility Bills & Costs
Becoming more eco-friendly can save your organisation money. With the current rise in costs in energy and resources, implementing ISO 14001 can help manage energy and resource waste such as electricity, gas, oil and paper, which means your company will be not only reducing costs but helping to reduce energy usage.
Implementing ISO 14001 Gives Competitive Advantage
With the number of businesses achieving ISO 14001 certification rising about 10% year on year, there is a chance that competition already has certification in place. Why would you not give your organisation the same advantage? An Environmental Management System (EMS) can enhance your image, help you maintain a good public image, and improve community relations – which can help improve your market share with these interested parties.
An Environmental Management System can Help in Tender Selection
One of the most prevalent reasons for implementing ISO 14001, is the fact that it is becoming a prerequisite in tender selection criteria. Some contracts will require your organisation to demonstrate an adherence to environmental standards and with ISO 14001 this can often pre-qualify you for this part of the tender process.
Implementing an environmental management system such as ISO 14001 ensures that your business meets tender selection criteria and can assure both customers and stakeholders that your organisation takes environmental issues seriously. This will provide a tangible incentive for any company for improve their image and marketability by implementing an environmental management system.
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