Eco | Smart | Business – EMS Workshop
Last week International Certifications Ltd held the EMS workshop for the
Eco | Smart | Business Programme run by the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) with support from Auckland Council and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Since last year 46 Businesses from the Auckland region have successfully accomplished this workshop series and have now gained Eco Warranty certification (see this news item), as of July another 30 companies have signed up for the programme. These companies are now on their way to implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) and are aiming for certification by the end of this year.
Growing awareness for the need to address the adverse impacts, organisations are having on the environment has led to an increased effort to manage these impacts systematically through an EMS. While large corporations and other organisations such as the Councils are increasingly asking suppliers to prove their environmental credentials, Eco Warranty is a recognised certification standard that allows companies to do so. Apart from allowing companies greater market access, the implementation of an EMS helps organisations to identify inefficiencies, e.g. in energy and resource usage, which eventually results in significant cost savings. For example the companies that attended last year’s Eco Smart Business programme saved an average of NZ$3,600 during the first year of implementation.
While the Eco Smart Business workshops are already, underway companies who are also interested in implementing a simple but effective EMS in compliance to the Eco Warranty and ISO 14001 standard can sign up to one of the EMS workshops provided by International Certifications Ltd throughout the year. These workshops will provide you with a DIY Kit containing templates for an EMS manual and all required forms as well as the knowledge required to implement and maintain the EMS within your organisation. For a list of workshop dates and details about the content please see the training section of our website.