It has been one year since Dematic received AS/NZS ISO14001 environmental management system (EMS) certification which increased their long-standing commitment to reducing their environmental impact.
EMS allows businesses to identify and manage the environmental impact of their activities, products or services, strive for continual improvement of their environmental performance and implement a system to setting demonstrated, measurable, environmental objectives.
“Just about everything that is manufactured has an impact on the environment.
“ISO14001 helps you put the systems in place to measure and better manage that impact.
“While ISO14001 is voluntary, the benefits certification provides make it worth every dollar it costs to implement,” said Mr Soas, who chairs Dematic’s Environmental Management Steering Committee.
EMS also commits companies to document processes and, while time-consuming, Soas notes that Dematic have found it helps identify better processes and forces the company to prepare for a range of potential situations and areas that need attention.
“Customers are increasingly asking for details of our EMS, with many already certified or in the process of applying for certification themselves.
“The message is clear: if you don’t take the environment seriously, your customers may choose to switch to trading with someone who does,” Soas said.
Dematic has applied EMS to many activities over the past year including assessing the company’s carbon footprint, mapping Co2 emission sources and implementing initiatives to limit their emissions.
The logistics systems and storage equipment manufacturer has also set up a separate ‘Spills Team’ trained to handle potential chemical spills and redesigned rack beams for transport to reduce the use of timber. Transport has also been reduced through in-sourcing components when possible.
Inefficient printers and air conditioning units have been replaced with energy-efficient systems and component design and manufacturing processes have been reworked to reduce welding and overall energy consumption.
“Our Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Policy is to have best practice in health and safety, and best practicable performance in environmental management.
“We want our people to return home at the end of the day as fit as they were when they came to work and for the environment to be unspoilt by our activities,” said Mr Soas.