ISO 14001 as a Tool to Reduce Carbon Emissions – A Case Study From an Electronics Manufacturer


The concern over climate change and its impact on society is steadily increasing with specific warnings from the IPCC about global warming and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. To achieve the targets of Kyoto Protocol, governments and organisations have aspired to adopt more sustainable business models and promote low Carbon economies. The Low Carbon KEEP Programme provides funding to support East of England businesses to innovate and grow through University partnerships by improving internal capabilities and implementing a low carbon approach to business through academic guidance. This article reports on a case study of a project undertaken in a leading Contract Electronics Manufacturer in association with the School of Engineering and Technology of the University of Hertfordshire through the Low Carbon KEEP Programme. The project�s objectives were to introduce an ISO 14001 compliant Environmental Management System, integral to the company�s accredited Quality Management System, and to reduce the company's resource consumption, carbon footprint and the overall overhead costs. A framework for setting up an effective environmental management system with specific environmental targets was developed. This was utilised for planning and managing the implementation of new environmental projects. As a direct result of the project, the company acquired a Building Management System, and took specific measures to improve energy performance. Moreover, an awareness campaign to improve the environmental attitude and behaviour of the employees was undertaken to enhance stakeholder participation. The certification of the Environmental Management System will be completed in summer 2014.

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Manuel Carvalho, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Iman Mansouri, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECSEE2014
Stream: Economic Sustainability: Environmental Challenges and Economic Growth

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