Improving green credentials with ISO 14001 accreditation
Published: 8 August 2012 - Joe Bush
Manufacturer and supplier of roller chain, Tsubakimoto Europe, has successfully been awarded ISO 14001:2004 accreditation.
The ISO 14001 certificate is awarded to organisations that have shown a continued investment in improving their environmental practices. Rather than following exact guidelines the award asks each organisation to set its own goals for improvement, and develop its own management and measurement systems to monitor its success. If a company holds ISO 14001 accreditation an environmental management system will be in place that ensures continued best practice.
To achieve its accreditation Tsubakimoto Europe created a list of 14 goals for the next five years - which included improving the company’s energy efficiency and reducing the levels of waste it sends to landfill. It carried out a thorough review of its manufacturing and warehousing strategies to see how energy use could be reduced and worked to improve the environmental benefits of all the products in its range.
Esmeralda van Wensveen, responsible for Tsubakimoto Europe’s environmental affairs, commented, “To achieve ISO 14001 we had to show that we are making constant improvements at every level of our business. The beauty of this award is there aren’t set guidelines which you can easily follow - we needed to meet our own self imposed goals which proves that real thought and dedication is involved.”