Environmental issues are becoming a greater driving force in today’s industries for competitive edge and financial security. Companies are now realising more and more that if they don’t develop ways to appraise, control and report their sustainable development and environmental performance somebody else will.
IPS analyses business activities and identifies effective ways of controlling, improving and reporting environmental performance against legislation and internally set company objectives.
Environmental Audits are an important and useful tool in measuring and controlling environmental performance and identifying improvements.This initial survey of environmental performance can lead to extensive cost savings and significant reductions in environmental risk.
ISO 14001 is an effective tool for improving performance. The starting point is to review any existing legal obligations. These receive a high priority and are used as a basis for dealing with other potential liabilities and a framework to exploit environmental opportunities. It has a track record of making environmental management a core part of the business, rather than something difficult and high-tech. All businesses have processes. Those processes have environmental implications. Those implications should be managed as part of the business, just as production or finance or human resources are managed. Its principles are completely generic, and can be applied to almost any type of manufacturing, service or construction organisation. IPS can establish a management system and if necessary provide the resource to manage the system in order to maintain accreditation.
A Waste Audit is the first stage in managing waste properly and is a key requirement of sustainable development. The UK Government produced a strategy for waste management in England and Wales in 1995 in its White Paper 'Making Waste Work'. The strategy set a target to reduce the proportion of controlled waste going to landfill from 70% to 60% by 2005. In an effort to direct industry and businesses towards this goal IPS will conduct waste audits to identify opportunities for waste minimization and recycling.
IPPC came into force in April 2001. All businesses affected are now required to carry out some form of assessment of their environmental impact and to apply for a new license to operate. Compliance programmes are more demanding. This workload will vary depending on company size and activity, however in many cases it will mean the employment of resource for a sizable period. IPS can alleviate this impact on resources and provide the information needed in order to satisfy IPPC regulations by carrying out assessments of present past and future environmental impact.
Mr Tom Denton
Canada House, 272 Field End Road Eastcote, Ruislip