Key Environmental Issues for Business – How can you reduce your impact?
13 Jun, 2017
As industries develop, environmental issues have become a growing influence on the day-to-day operation of businesses. No matter what your industry, environmental factors can have an effect on your business. However, the way you manage these issues within your business can help you to operate in an eco-friendly way.
How does my business damage the environment?
The majority of businesses in some way or another create waste. This can range from the use of paper in an office to resources used by manufacturers. Cutting down on the waste your company produces is a key step that companies make to reduce their impact on the environment. Whilst doing this, you are also saving your company costs.
Emissions from businesses have the most damaging impact on the environment. Manufacturing often produces emissions, some that can contain chemicals lethal to the environment. Legislation is in place to regulate the emissions from companies so that they cause as little damage as possible.
What can I do to reduce my impact?
ISO 14001 is the Environmental Management standard that can help you to cut back on your impact on the environment and earn your green credentials. The system is proven to make business owners and managers more aware of their environmental responsibilities, including legal and regulatory accountabilities, and be able to manage and control the associated risks.
By implementing ISO 14001, you can make significant cost reductions just by using the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle approach! Thinking about if you really need to print that entire email chain can help you reduce your waste and cost. By being seen as an eco-friendly company, your company image will also get a boost in your market, as customers tend to prefer an environmentally friendly supplier. From learning about best practice management, you can also significantly reduce the impact that your business activities has on the environment.
Did you know?
28% of business owners stated that they were not sure how to determine whether or not a company’s environmental statement was true – adopt the ISO 14001 certification to ensure that your customers are clear that your environmental statements are honest and regularly audited.
I already have ISO 14001 – what else can I do?
Even if you have ISO 14001 in place you may not be making the most of your environmental standard. Environmental Management Training is a useful tool for those new to the standard as well as those wanting to get a little extra out of it.
Environmental Management training courses cover the core principles and structure of the ISO 14001 standard, ensuring that you have a full understanding of it. You can also gain an expanded knowledge on areas including identifying environmental aspects, using ISO 14001 to identify areas for cost saving and the latest environmental legislation. You will also receive an introduction to the revised version of the standard, providing you with expert help and guidance.
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