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What is it?
ISO 14001 is an international voluntary Environmental Management System (EMS) that is becoming increasingly necessary for the management of companies and organisations. This system combines the care of the environment and the reduction of pollution – given the pressure of the Administration, customers, and society in general in this regard – with the improvement of the economic performance – since costs are reduced, it gives access to a greater number of subsidies, and productivity is improved.
The EMS, in outline, includes the organisational structure of the company, the procedures/practices, responsibilities, and the processes to be implemented or reviewed. The compliance with the standard positions the company as a committed and socially responsible entity, and offers a positive and trustworthy image to the business world.
In addition to the standard ISO 14001, there is a supplement for companies that want to go one step further: EMAS or Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. It is a standard for those companies that want to continuously improve their EMS and verify it with an audit that results in an Environmental Declaration – a public document detailing the environmental policies that are applied and the results of these.
Who is it intended for?
It is an environmental quality standard designed for any type of company – it is a standard with a universal vocation – regardless of its sector, size or location.
- The adoption of an environmental policy offers the company the possibility of achieving a better management of its waste, reducing the risk of environmental accidents and encouraging innovation.
- Business benefits are obtained as the image of the company is improved and customer trust and credibility are enhanced. Likewise, a competitive differentiation and better relations with public entities are obtained, which may imply, for example, access to subsidies.
- The efficiency and productivity of the companies certified with ISO 14001 are maximised as the consumption of harmful elements for the environment is reduced and optimised, while the costs of waste management and insurance premiums decrease, and energy consumption is reduced.
- If we talk about EMAS, the name of the certified company is included in the European register where all the companies that meet the requirements are inscribed – which can lead to an increase in business volume in Europe.
- ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.
What is it?
This standard establishes the guidelines and steps a company must follow to evaluate and quantify the risks its activity causes to the environment, and which, at the same time, also wants to establish the bases for a more efficient management and facilitate the decision-making process.
To establish the environmental risk, several concepts are taken into account: firstly, the basis of an indicator event that points directly to the event that may cause an incident is assigned, and then a probability of occurrence is assigned to said event. The result of this combination are the scenarios of possible accidents, and the objective is to determine the probability of each scenario and the natural, human, and socioeconomic consequences and effects that would derive from them.
Who is it intended for?
The standard is aimed at all types of companies regardless of their size or activity, not only at facilities with a high risk, although it is ideal for those companies that are more likely to have an environmental accident because of their activity or dimensions.
- At the internal management level of the company, the certification allows defining internal functions and responsibilities in case of accidents, which is an incentive for employees to be constantly helping to improve the environmental management policy of the company.
- Externally, the company may transfer part of its risk to a third party, which may reduce risk premiums, and improve its image both in the eyes of customers and Public Administrations.
- One of the main benefits obtained from the application of UNE 150008 is that it is a way to direct the efforts towards ISO 14000/EMAS and improve the Environmental Risk Management.
- UNE 150008 Environmental Risk Management.
What is it?
All products and services have an environmental impact at each stage of their life cycle, from their preparation to their elimination or end of cycle, and experience shows that most of the impact is a consequence of their design. This is where the UNE 14006 standard comes into play, which is also known as Ecodesign Management – understanding ecodesign as the methodology that integrates environmental criteria in the design of products and services, it achieves a reduction in the environmental impact that these products produce on their life cycle, always improving their quality and functionality.
In other words, the Ecodesign Management tries to identify, control, and continuously improve the environmental aspects of the products and services throughout their life cycle to progressively adapt to technique advances.
Who is it intended for?
The Ecodesign Management certification is applicable to any sector where products or services are designed, although this certification is ideal for companies that deal with administrations, as they must comply with EU's design policies.
On the other hand, it will also have great interest for large production centres and companies that have a very high percentage of international clients, since without compliance with this standard it is practically impossible to commercialise at a European level.
- The organisations and companies obtain the assurance that their products and services comply with the environmental legislation, that they apply the necessary measures to improve continuously the products and processes, and they also ensure a reduction in consumption and production costs.
- The image of the product and the company itself is also improved as they obtain a competitive differentiation from large exporting countries that do not comply with the regulations, and at the same time, they adapt the products to the needs of the customers.
- UNE 16006 Ecodesign Management.
What is it?
The Carbon Footprint is a verifiable indicator that allows quantifying GHG emissions (greenhouse gases) released into the atmosphere attributable to an organisation, product, service or event, which is measured in mass (tons, kilos, etc.) of equivalent CO2 (CO2eq or CO2e). This calculation allows any company or organisation to be aware of the impact that their activity generates in the environment in order to commit to develop a strategy to reduce this type of emissions.
OCA Global implements an effective verification scheme designed to evaluate the elements that contribute to the reduction of GHG during the life cycle of a service/product. The steps carried out are:
- Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions of the service/product life cycle.
- Evaluation of alternative product configurations, purchasing, and manufacturing methods, and selection of raw materials and suppliers based on the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the goods and services.
- Establish a reference point for ongoing programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Compare the goods or services with a common, recognised, and standardised approach for the evaluation of the life cycle of GHG emissions.
- Corporate responsibility report.
Several international standards have been developed to facilitate the fight against GHG emissions to social entities: ISO 14064 - PAS 2050 - GHG PROTOCOL - ISO 14067. These standards include the requirements to determine the limits of the GHG emissions and removals of the organisation, while identifying areas of improvement in order to reduce GHG emissions.
Who is it intended for?
The Carbon Footprint certification is aimed at all types of companies, regardless of their activity and size.
- Proactive business leadership.
- Identification of cost savings opportunities.
- Improvement of business networks and commercial reach.
- It addresses the concerns of consumers, shareholders, and investors regarding the company's environmental policy.
- It provides competitive advantages and access to the most sensitive international markets: European (France, United Kingdom, Germany) and Asian (Japan, China, Taiwan).
- The certification responds to a social and environmental demand as it offers products and services that are considered more environmentally-friendly.
- It allows to present with confidence the credentials of environmental compliance and achievements in the reduction of GHG emissions.
- Voluntary standard supported by: ISO 14064: 2006, PAS 2050 and PAS 2060.
What is it?
The UNE-ISO 50001 standard is the European Energy Management System that focuses on energy efficiency, as ISO 14001 does in the management and reduction of the impact on the environment, or ISO 9001 in the improvement of quality and customer satisfaction.
It is a traditional management system based on the Planning-Action-Review-Action cycle, which requires the development and implementation of a policy to improve energy efficiency. The methodology requires the establishment of specific objectives, combining actions and resources to control and reduce the use of energy, verifying energy savings and planning improvements. This certification helps establishing a continuous process that leads to a more efficient use of energy.
This management system involves all processes and its objective is to reduce the energy consumption generated by any type of source (electricity, gasoline, gas or renewables) and its uses.
The principles of UNE-ISO 50001, are inspired by EN 16001. Therefore, companies certified in EN 16001 will be prepared for ISO 50001.
Who is it intended for?
This standard focuses on offering a control system to reduce energy consumption and it is applicable to all types of organisations regardless of their size, sector or geographical location.
However, it is particularly relevant for those organisations that carry out processes of high energy intensity or those facing the challenge of reducing greenhouse gases.
- Implementing the standard implies a reduction in costs, since it saves a large amounts of energy by carrying out small improvements.
- The certification ensures the correct performance of the management system when visited by accredited auditors.
- The image of the firm is directly reinforced, including a sustainable development strategy that provides a competitive differentiation.
- ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems.
What is it?
The EMAS Regulation (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a community environmental management and audit system whose adherence is voluntary and regulated in the European Union through Regulation (CE) No. 1221/2009 and its amendments later. This regulation is mainly based on ISO 14001, however, EMAS has its own requirements for companies and organizations that want to commit to evaluating, managing and improving their environmental performance.
The EMAS III Regulation is regulated by Regulation (CE) No. 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of November 25, 2009 and modified by Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1505 of August 28, 2017 and of the Regulation (EU) 2018/2026 of the Commission of December 19, 2018.
Who is it for?
Any organization, public or private, that wishes to improve its behavior in environmental matters can participate.
EMAS’ goal is to promote continuous improvements in the environmental performance of organizations through the establishment and application of an environmental management system, the evaluation of the performance of such system, the dissemination of information on environmental performance, open dialogue with the public and other stakeholders and the active involvement of staff.
One of the main benefits of implementing the EMAS Regulation is that it helps organizations to develop a circular economy through the establishment and application of the Regulation itself.
EMAS seeks to improve the competitiveness and corporate image of organizations that, through this channel, can communicate their environmental achievements to all interested parties and to society as a whole. Organizations participating in EMAS obtain numerous benefits and advantages, among which are:
- Reduction of economic costs due to an increase in efficiency.
- Reduction of negative incidents due to an improvement in risk management.
- Minimization of waste generated.
- Resource consumption reduction.
- Improves stakeholder relationships (clients, local community, regulatory bodies and society in general).
- Confidence of all interested parties in ensuring compliance with existing environmental legislation.
- Motivation of employees, increasing awareness and training of workers.
- New business opportunities.
- Improved relations with the authorities, allowing easier access to subsidies, aid, administrative simplification, etc.
All Spanish organizations that have implemented an EMAS system appear in the European database called EU EMAS REGISTER, in addition to the official portals of each Autonomous Community
ENAC ACCREDITATION. EMAS VERIFIERS
OCA GLOBAL is accredited by ENAC as an environmental verifier with accreditation number ES-V-0018, having said accreditation updated for the latest modification of the EMAS Regulation, according to EU Regulation 2018/2026.
What is it?
In 2015, the countries of the world adopted the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are inheritors of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seek to expand the successes achieved with them, as well as achieve those goals that were not achieved.
These new goals present the uniqueness of urging all countries, institutions and companies to take steps to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that efforts to end poverty must go hand in hand with strategies that promote economic growth and address a range of social needs, including education, health, social protection and employment opportunities, as well as while they fight against climate change and promote the protection of the environment.
On this matter, OCA Global can help you incorporate the SDGs in the management of your company and see your degree of contribution to them.
For this we have created Corporate Green. Sustainable Company, a new certification that will help companies and entities implement the SDGs in an integral way in the organization and creating value. The certification system is based on the configuration of a management tool based on quantitative indicators, which allow us to establish a base starting point and mark improvement objectives, allowing us to demonstrate to our stakeholders the commitment to comply with the SDGs in their business strategy.
Who is it for?
Corporate Green. Sustainable Company is a new certification based on compliance by any company or organization - public or private, regardless of its size - of 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), developed on the guidelines of the Principles of the Global Compact for the United Nations and the SDG Compass Guide. This certification is complementary to other sustainability schemes.
Our certification helps companies identify the relevant SDGs in terms of action and influence and in this way to be able to guarantee that it incorporates sustainability into their business strategy.
It is also compatible and complementary with other regulatory reports (such as the non-financial information verification report) and / or voluntary (such as GRI reports). All these schemes incorporate the SDGs as a management reference.
Our certificate is progressive, as it is based on continuous evolution, for which a starting point will be established for each indicator with clear improvement commitment objectives for each year or period.
- Proactive business leadership: the United Nations itself considers that the SDGs should be established as a reference for the business strategy in terms of sustainability, and not just as a means of communicating to which SDGs the actions undertaken by the company contribute. It does not serve only to relate what actions of the company are aligned with any of the SDGs. This determines that the company's strategy must integrate the SDGs and define which ones to act on, what goals it wants to achieve and the actions it must take to achieve its objectives.
- Compliance with “green purchasing” requirements: the European funds for the recovery from the post-COVID crisis will establish the premise of demonstrating that companies manage their activities with respect for sustainability and for this the SDGs are established as a reference framework for said compliance. Corporate Green. Sustainable Company is a valuable tool to certify this objective.
- It addresses the concerns of consumers, shareholders and investors regarding the company's environmental policy and sustainability.
- Competitive advantage and access to the most sensitive international markets.
- Creation of a market for products and services with reduced environmental impact, high social commitment and sustainability, responding to current social and environmental demand.