4 REASONS WHY COMPLIANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Environmental compliance is a concern for many businesses, small and large, who are directly affected by regulations, standards and reporting requirements. Environmental regulations are numerous and cover aspects such as air quality, oil storage, waste, hazardous materials and water pollution.
Today’s complex and ever changing regulations are difficult to keep up to date with, especially with so many other business priorities and limited resources. So what are the top three reason for devoting time and effort to environmental compliance?
1. The environment is the obvious winner. Legal compliance reduces the risk of environmental incidents by controlling potentially hazardous practices, processes and materials. Although important for all organisations, those in the construction, manufacturing or agricultural sectors pose specific and significant risks.
2. Financial savings are another key benefit of compliance. Not only is the chance of a pollution incident and subsequent fine from the Environment Agency reduced, cleanup costs are also avoided, as are the costs related to a damaged reputation or bad publicity. Financial saving also arise due to increased efficiencies implemented to meet requirements covering waste and pollution.
3. Legal compliance is essential for a responsible corporate image and can often give an advantage over competitors. Bids for major contracts often feature environmental elements, including the requirement to disclose any prosecutions or fines. Customers and clients are increasingly looking to companies with good environmental performance and the pressure to disclose how environmental issues are addressed continues to escalate.
4. Monitoring and integration of legal compliance is essential for ISO 14001 certification, which requires the development of a Legal Register and regular audits to be conducted, with non-conformances swiftly rectified. ISO 14001 requires a systematic approach to sustainability management, which has far reaching benefits, including reduced risks and impacts and the ability to demonstrate an organisation’s commitment to environmental protection.
For more information on how E2O can help your business improve its compliance, get in touch today.
Tacotherm Ltd of Southampton, UK achieves certification to the new Quality Standard, ISO 9001:2015.
Working closely with Tacotherm to understand their business requirements, William Yonge of Earth to Ocean Ltd developed a quality management system that added benefit to the business whilst complying with the requirements of the new ISO9001:2015 standard.
Tacotherm Ltd market and sell a range of branded HVAC controls from leading manufacturers and suppliers to plumbers’ merchants and commercial installers throughout the UK and Ireland. Based in Hampshire, the business has expert, technical knowledge of the components and systems required for facilities management focusing on hydronic balancing, distribution systems, system technology, valves and accessories.
NuPerspectives have recently achieved certification to ISO 9001:2008, with support from William Yonge of Earth to Ocean Ltd.
Nu Perspectives is a Product Design and Manufacturing company based near Winchester in Hampshire. The company’s founders have over 40 years combined experience which means the business is managed by product design engineers with a proven track record of taking new products from concept through to market. Nu Perspectives provides services across a wide range of product sectors with specific experience in the fields of Cryogenics and Medical Devices.
As Nu Perspectives started the process of developing their QMS before the new Standard was published, they have been certified to the 9001:2008 version, but their QMS has been developed to be fully compatible with the new 9001:2015 Standard.
William Yonge joins the E2O Team - June 2015
William has worked throughout his management career to bring sustainable management systems to his employers and clients delivering outcomes tailored to their needs. Well acquainted with achieving ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certifications and an experience trainer, he proves a valuable asset to any establishment in need of professional sustainability assistance.
E2O's work with the Golf Environment Organisation leads to an impressive Ryder Cup 2014 Post Event Sustainability Report - June 2015
A new report developed by E2O reveals how the 2014 Ryder Cup once more proved itself as one of the world’s leading sustainable events, generating significant benefits to the community and environment. The Green Drive, a sustainability initiative managed by E2O, engaged dozens of suppliers and contractors, ensuring reductions in the event’s resource footprint while maximising opportunities to deliver positive social and environmental legacies.
Please click here to read the complete report - an example of E2O's sustainability reporting.
PCSG achieve ISO 14001 - April 2015
PCSG has underscored its commitment to sustainable business by securing accredited certification to the environmental standard, ISO 14001. Our achievement in securing this internationally recognised standard further boosts the experience and knowledge we can offer clients in this arena.
For help with preparing for ISO 14001 certification or any other area of sustainability, please contact Dr Susie Tomson on +44(0)7803 502577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Barbara Rinkel and Thibaud Audureau join the E2O Team - January 2015
Dr Barbara Rinkel is a skilled environmentalist, with a degree in Environmental Science, a PhD in Biological Sciences and five years’ experience as an environmental research scientist in the US, Barbara specialises in ecology.
Thibaud Audureau has recently graduated with a Masters degree in biotechnology from Sup’Biotech in his homeland of France and specialises in Green BIM, carbon footprinting and data analysis.
E2O have joined the PCS Group - December 2014
Earth to Ocean have joined with two other companies to form PCSG:
PCS - Established in 2000, PCS specialises in providing bid management and related services to our clients, specialising in the construction, FM and transportation sectors.
ECS - Established in 2011, ECS is at the leading edge of digital data strategies in the construction sector including BIM, business systems and IP solutions.
PCSG's values of excellence, flexibility, integrity and partnership lie at the heart of everything we do. This decision will enable E2O to grow our team and further develop the services we offer.
E2O present at the Future Solent Conference - November 2014
E2O's Dr Susie Tomson was the keynote speaker at the Future Solent Conference, explaining how the Ben Ainslie Racing project will be sustainable and benefit the local Solent area; “At BAR we have a fantastic opportunity to engage with organisations in the Solent region through our standards of operation, design, technology and innovation as we strive to win the America’s Cup”. Future Solent aims to generate economic growth together with new jobs by developing a low carbon green economy. The event, at Portsmouth Dockyard, saw presentations from companies who had benefited from the Solent’s Green Growth funding programme announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable a year ago. See local news coverage, click here.
E2O providing sustainability advice for the new Ben Ainslie Racing Team Base - July 2014
E2O are providing valuable advice and guidance for the construction of the ambitious new Ben Ainslie Racing Team Base. The Base is located in Portsmouth and will be a a beacon for sport and sustainability in Britain. Work is ongoing to ensure the building will reach high standards of sustainability and can provide all of the necessary facilities without harming the surrounding environment.
E2O working with Ben Ainslie Racing - June 2014
Susie attended the Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) launch at the Royal Museums Greenwich in her role as the team’s Sustainability Manager. With the Duchess of Cambridge present, Sir Ben Ainslie announced his bid to win the America’s Cup for Britain and bring it home for the first time in the competition’s 163 years. Susie will be working closely with the BAR team during the construction of their new team base in Portsmouth and throughout the America’s Cup campaign, her role as Sustainability Manager will bring her to the forefront of the oldest and most exciting sailing events ever.
E2O's delivery of the Ryder Cup GreenDrive is rolled out to the European Tour - July 2013
The Green Drive sporting event sustainability programme for the Ryder Cup is rolled out across all European Tour events. Launched at the Lyoness Open in Austria, the programme will be gradually rolled out across all European Tour events. Earth to Ocean are supporting the staging teams in the delivery of more sustainable events across an exciting range of venues covering the main Tour, the Senior Tour and the Challenge Tour. Golf are certainly leading the way to delivering a sustainable approach to sustainable sport.
E2O deliver site protection at Box Hill and Richmond Park for Ride London - July 2013
Earth to Ocean delivered comprehensive site protection for the sensitive areas of Box Hill and Richmond park for the inaugural Prudential Ride London event where 20,000 amateur cyclists took part retracing the 2012 London Olympics cycling route, followed by the thrilling professional event that marked a weekend of professional, amateur and family cycling event throughout London.
E2O project manage the Ryder Cup GreenDrive - April 2013
Working with the Golf Environment Organisation, Earth to Ocean have been contracted to deliver the Ryder Cup 2014 sustainability programme, GreenDrive. Working closely with Ryder Cup Europe we are delivering a comprehensive sustainability plan that includes a wide range of activities e.g., evaluating suppliers to ensure conformity with the sustainable procurement policy, developing the site protection plan for the Gleneagles Course.
E2O Presentation at South Wessex Waste Minimisation Group
Kate Chapman was invited to give a presentation to the South Wessex Waste Minimisation Group on the Zero Waste Games. The SWWMG was formed in 1995 and now boasts a healthy membership of companies from across the South Wessex region who are all working to reduce their waste and who are interested in wider sustainability initiatives. Kate's presentation focused particularly on waste minimisation and re-use of materials from London 2012 and how the lessons learned by Locog can be transferred to other sectors and other events.
WRAP Zero Waste Events Roadmap launch - March 2013
Kate and Susie attended WRAP's launch of their Zero Waste Events Roadmap at Lords cricket ground on 5th March. Building on the lessons learned from the London 2012 Games, WRAP aims to help the events industry achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020 and to make much better use of the resources that go into, and come out of a great event. Kate facilitated a number of workshops on the theme of "what a difference a venue makes" , focussing on what venues can do to encourage waste minimisation and better waste management at events. WRAP's dedicated zero waste events portal can be found at http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/zero-waste-events
London 2012 Learning Legacy Papers published - January 2013
The London 2012 Sustainability team, supported by Earth to Ocean, has worked hard to gather as much reliable data as possible and report this for future Games, such as Rio 2016 and other major events. The series of reports has been published on the Legacy Learning website (see link). There are over 70 papers covering topics from energy and waste to the community projects that were part of the Sustainability programme. Earth to Ocean played a major part in the reporting process and were involved in the build, operation and deconstruction of the Olympic and Paralympic venues. The learning legacy papers include papers authored by Kate and Susie,covering subjects such as energy management within venues, habitat protection during the Games, and the use of materials within the temporary venues.
Olympic Legacy for two Hampshire Primary Schools - December 2012
Earth to Ocean's Kate Chapman and Susie Tomson made sure that a bit of Olympic Legacy reached their home villages at the end of 2012. In the closing weeks of their work at LOCOG they were able to salvage the remains of the Olympic hockey pitch (most of which had gone to be relaid at Sheffield Hallam University) to be re-used as an all weather sports surface in two primary schools in Hampshire. Part of our remit at London 2012 was to ensure maximum re-use of Games assets and construction materials, so it was great to find good homes for this all weather pitch, which might otherwise have been recycled and over six hundred children will soon be able to play on an Olympic pitch!
Earth to Ocean play a major role in delivery of the River Hamble Games - July 2012
Earth to Ocean devised the concept and acted as Event Coordinator for the River Hamble Games in July 2012, a community sporting event that saw over 300 competitors taking part in 5 sports - swimming, running, kayaking, rowing and sailing. It was a great event that inspired a number of people to get together in teams or just take part as individuals and to enjoy the fantastic setting and excellent facilities that the River Hamble has to offer.
Earth to Ocean add capacity to London 2012 Sustainability Team - February 2012
Earth to Ocean have been taken on to support the London 2012 Sustainability Team. Working in the Venue Development Team, Earth to Ocean will be implementing the sustainability policies that are part of the Olympic bid commitments and one of the main reasons for London being chosen to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics. The company will be providing support in developing the Environmental Management Plans for the actual Games itself, compliance auditing during the build, the Games and breakdown of the venues. They will be kept on after the Games to report on the achievements. An exciting proposition for Earth to Ocean.
E2O work with new half marathon to reduce environmental impacts
The John Austin Half is a new half marathon taking place on Sunday 13th March in Brockenhurst in the New Forest, in aid of the Oakhaven Hospice. Kate Chapman, from Earth to Ocean, is working with the event organisers to manage and reduce the environmental impacts of the event. Kate has been looking at the impacts of the event in terms of waste, suppliers, transport and physical impacts on the sensitive habitat of the New Forest and is working closely with the event suppliers, supporters, local authority and Forestry Commission to help this new event leave a lighter footprint.
RYA publish Go Green with E2O's Susie Tomson as technical editor
The Royal Yachting Association have recently published Go Green, a young persons guide the the Blue Planet. E2O Director, Susie Tomson was the inspiration behind the book and the book's technical editor which forms part of the RYA's series of children's books written by Claudia Myatt the book has received excellent reviews and is available on the RYA website.