ISO 14001 Certification
International Timber Furthers Its Green Credentials With Global Environmental Management Accreditation
Following an independent assessment, International Timber’s Hull site has been awarded the ISO 14001 Certification – an internationally recognised environmental management standard.
The ISO 14001 standard provides a framework for companies to follow in order to set up an effective environmental management system and is used to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and drive down costs.
The standard states that applicants must provide evidence of an established framework and policy for operating in a way that has minimal impact on the environment. In order to meet the certification criteria, International Timber put together a comprehensive environmental manual for its site in Hull which outlined its environmental policy. The manual highlighted the ISO 14001 standards of compliance, the site’s rules for managing waste and reporting procedures for incidents, as well as outlining its plans for the reduction of environmental impact, pollution and drainage.
The team also implemented a number of ‘green’ initiatives during this process, including the initiation of an energy saving programme which assessed any unnecessary energy usage across the site. The programme resulted in a 25 per cent reduction in electrical energy, equating to a £50,000 saving per annum. In addition, waste management procedures were also reviewed, with the team implementing a recycling programme on site which reduced waste to landfill by approximately 70 per cent by the end of 2012 and saw waste cost to landfill reduce by 36 per cent for the same period.
On the accreditation, Ron Garnett, Operations Manager for International Timber’s site in Hull, commented: “At International Timber we take our environmental impact very seriously and gaining ISO 14001 accreditation further reinforces our commitment to demonstrating the highest of environmental standards. We are seeing our customers placing more and more emphasis on high environmental standards when making decisions on product procurement and we hope this award will give them added assurance as to International Timber’s quality of service and environmental credentials.
“We will now look to roll out the quality standard achieved at Hull across the UK, with the aim of achieving ISO 14001 accreditation for Trafford Park, Chorley, Parkend and Grangemouth by the end of 2013 with the remaining two sites coming on board in 2014.”