As awareness of sustainability and environmental issues increases, the pressure on organisations to consider their environmental impacts and adopt effective environmental management is mounting.
If organisations are to remain competitive, it is fundamental for them to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, environmental protection and to the decoupling environmental damage from growth.
At the Green Business Centre, we offer a variety of audit and certification services that can help demonstrate your commitments and that provide recognition and independent verification of your environmental performance and achievements.
All our auditors are highly qualified and skilled practitioners, with first-hand experience in an extensive range of business sectors.
Whether you are a small local operation or a major multi-national operating globally we are able to tailor our services and approach specifically to meet your needs.
The Green Dragon Environmental Standard is awarded to organisations that can demonstrate effective environmental management and that are taking action to understand, monitor and control their impacts on the environment. It’s suitable for organisations of all sizes, in any industry, and is flexible in design, so you tailor it to your needs…
ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Standard which aims to help organisations effectively manage their environmental impacts, making them more resilient and sustainable. The framework of the Standard provides a systematic and process driven management approach to the environmental concerns of the organisation that can be used to meet internal and external environmental objectives and can help demonstrate the organisational commitments to compliance obligations and environmental protection.
Organisations, of any size, in any sector can implement the ISO 14001 and apply for certification of their environmental management system.
ISO 50001 is an international Energy Management Standard based on the principle of continual improvement. Its framework supports organisations in measuring and monitoring energy usage and in the development of energy management strategies, improving energy performance and increasing energy efficiency.
ISO 50001 can improve organisational energy performance, lowering energy consumption bills and helping you meet environmental and carbon reduction targets, and can be used as an alternative route to ESOS compliance.
ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised Quality Management System Standard and is used by organisations to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet internal and external requirements and expectations. It aims to assist organisations in the continual quality monitoring and management and provides a framework for organisations ways to achieve a consistent level of performance and service.
ISO 9001 can help organisations identify more efficient ways of working, improving operational performance and saving time, resources and money, and provide customers and other stakeholders and with confidence in the organisation’s ability to provide a consistent and improving quality product or service.
OHSAS 18001 is widely seen as the world’s most recognised Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard. It sets out the requirements for occupational health and safety management and aims to help organisations develop a health and safety framework tailored to their operations and services, allowing them to identify, control and eliminate operational risks and hazards.
OHSAS 18001 can demonstrate a commitment to safety in the workplace, whether it is to clients, shareholders or your staff, and can help identify and control hazards, reducing workplace accidents and illness and providing a high standard of working conations. OHSAS 18001 can also assist originations in ensuring compliance with legal, industry and customer health and safety requirements.
BS 8555 describes how to implement a generic EMS and can be used as a route towards ISO14001 and EMAS. BS 8555 has six key phases and provides organisations with an effective way to spread the costs and resources required when implementing an environmental management system.
The six phases of BS8555 include:
- Phase 1: Establishing a baseline
- Phase 2: Identifying and assuring compliance with legal and other requirements
- Phase 3: Developing objectives, targets and programmes
- Phase 4: Implementation and operation of the EMS
- Phase 5: Checking, audit and management reviews
- Phase 6: Environmental Management System acknowledgement.
Integrated Management System
An Integrated Management System combines at least two management systems into one system, allowing similar processes to be managed seamlessly and without duplication while still complying with the requirements of each individual standard.
With an Integrated Management System, an organisation can meet all standard requirements with one set of policies and procedures and can improve efficiency by removing duplication. Integrated Management Systems can also further promote continual improvement and reduce expenditure on resources.