By Dave Rusling, QHSE Aberdeen managing director
In the move to become more environmentally friendly and achieve a net zero economy, organisations should be considering how they can make their own processes more environmentally efficient.
Improved environmental performance extends throughout the supply chain and is something organisations trying to break into supporting larger renewable energy projects should focus on.
A proven way of improving environmental performance and reducing negative impacts on the environment is to have in place an Environmental Management System such as ISO 14001.
The benefits of ISO 14001 are well known across various industries, but nowhere should they be more obvious than in the renewables & energy industries.
Organisations are aware of the need to be as efficient with the worlds natural resources as is possible. ISO 14001 appeals to organisations, as the environmental management system provides a platform for organisations to consider their use of resources and become more resource efficient.
A key factor in the move to become carbon zero and work within the renewable energy sector is to consider the cost of the clean energy.
Organisations throughout the supply chain need to operate efficiently with protecting the environment, as every part and process of the production, installation and maintenance of renewable energy will influence the overall environmental impact of the project.
The successful implementation of ISO 14001 will give the organisations in the supply chain the tools to identify and control the emissions of the organisation.
The benefits of ISO14001 are not limited to positive environmental change however, the successful implementation of an ISO14001 can result in improved cost control and upturn in business.
Organisations that have identified and appropriately controlled their processes which affect the environment, are less likely to have environmental incidents, leading to fewer fines from enforcing authorities, and potentially, even reduced insurance premiums.
Businesses which have successfully implemented an ISO 14001 system, are also likely to enjoy easier tendering processes
Any organisation wanting to see positive environmental change and contribute to the renewable energy industries, really must consider its own environmental impact, and ISO 14001 can deliver the tools to make that positive transformation.