ISO 14001 EMS: the Nuts and Bolts of Getting it Done Steve Ross Purolator Products, Inc. Fayetteville, NC
Why Seek ISO Certification? • Credibility: Third party certification • ensures commitment to regulatory compliance and continuos environmental protection. • Reduce: Liability and risk. • Prevent: Pollution and reduce waste. • Profit: Customers prefer to purchase “green” products but want assurance they are green.
Why Seek ISO Certification? • Improve internal management methods: Improvements in efficiently and savings. • Pressure from shareholders: Look for environmental responsibility in investments and financial reports. • Pressure from environmentalists: Feed on companies they consider poor environmental players.
Why Seek ISO Certification? • Community goodwill: The community looks favorably towards companies with EMS programs. • High quality work force: Empowerment and involvement. • Insurance: Insurance companies less willing to cover for incidents of pollution unless proven EMS is in place.
What Did Purolator Gain • Reduced Toxic air emissions by 20,000 pounds annually. • Reduced solid waste to landfill by 36,885 pounds annually. • Reduced VOC emissions by 71,140 pounds annually. • Reduced hazardous waste disposal by 10,135 pounds annually.
What Did Purolator Gain • Realized 50% reduction of toxics in raw material (filter media).
Certification Costs vs Plant Savings • Certification costs: $30,000/3 years • Plant savings: • Reduced Toxic emissions: $169 • Reduced solid waste to landfill: $700 • Reduced VOC emissions: $601 • Reduced Hazardous waste: $61,481