How The Problem of Waste Can be Tackled in Construction

What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for environmental management. It is implemented in companies to enhance their environmental performance and implement more energy-efficient processes.

The construction industry contributes to 50% of landfill waste and 23% of air pollution. These statistics show why so many construction companies have ISO 14001 and shows why your company should invest into it as well to save the earth.

Use Renewable Energy

Ensuring your company is using energy-based techniques such as wind power, solar power, and hydropower reduces the need for fossil fuels. Fossil fuels produce large, harmful quantities of carbon dioxide when they are burnt. This takes a huge toll on global warming so implementing renewable solutions in construction is vital.

Follow Legislations

The Environment Act 2021 is a legislation that aims to deliver targets that will improve biodiversity, quality as well as water, and waste reduction. The act gives companies, such as construction companies, the opportunity to reduce the harsh impact which they are putting on the world. If companies fail to comply with the act, they could be fined up to £50,000 or even face jail time. Due to the consequences of dumping waste, reviewing how your business is currently monitoring its waste and how it can adapt to the legislation is a priority and carries many benefits.

Implementing Methods

ISO 14001 implements and enhances methods that your company may already have. There are many simple things that your company can do to ensure it is as being as eco-friendly as possible. Is there any other sustainable transportation you can use? Is there a more sustainable supplier that you can partner with? Can you use recycled waste? Asking and taking action from these questions will slowly reduce your company’s carbon footprint which will slowly help create a green world.

Getting Started with ISO…

If you want to reduce waste and become more eco-friendly in your industry then ISO 14001 is for you.

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