Over the last six months, the steelworking company Ib Andresen Industri has had the implementation of the environmental management system ISO 14001:2015 on its agenda.
“It seems natural for us to implement ISO 14001. It is an internationally recognised environmental management system that, among other things, documents our proactive efforts, as manifested by our department Quality and Continuous Improvement,” explains Peter S. Madsen, Quality Manager, and continues:
“ISO 14001 also benefits our customers because they know that we have incorporated our environmental effort into the solutions we offer them if they decide to use us. They can in turn use this as a sales argument when submitting tenders for major projects, for instance.”
Favourable impact on the bottom line
Ib Andresen Industri benefits in several ways from systematising its environmental efforts under the ISO 14001 standard. In addition to respecting the environment, there is also money to save.
“Depending on how good we are at sorting waste, it’s worth money. We pay to dispose of combustible waste and we are paid for our recyclable waste. We can also save money on our bottom line by reducing our consumption of energy” – Peter S. Madsen
Energy consumption and waste
As part of the process, Ib Andresen Industri has carried out comprehensive analytical work aimed at charting external and internal factors that impact the environment. The purpose of this is to single out the most important risks and possibilities.
Among other things, the analytical work charted that the energy consumption and waste management of Ib Andresen Industri were the two areas with the greatest potential for environmental improvement.
“We can reduce our consumption of energy by investing in eco-friendly technology, for example, and we can personally contribute by taking a more common-sense approach whenever we use energy. For instance, we can remind one another not to waste energy. This way, we make the green mindset a natural part of our culture,” concludes Peter S. Madsen.
By focusing on things like energy efficiency and recyclable waste instead of combustible waste, Ib Andresen Industri reduces its emissions of CO ₂ and NOx.