Environmental management

Environmental management systems (EMS) underpin our commitments to compliance and continuous improvement.

Environmental management systems (EMS) underpin our commitments to compliance and continuous improvement.

Certification of EMS to international standards provides a valuable check on a company’s performance and spurs continuous improvement. Achieving certification, and retaining it, involves extensive internal auditing and external verification.

Our management system gained registration to EMAS – the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) – in October 2006. Backed by the European Union, EMAS sets rigorous requirements for continuous improvement, public reporting of performance, and annual external validation. The Isle of Man operation is the first within SUEZ recycling and recovery UK to achieve this standard.

EMAS registration was one of the key objectives we set ourselves in 2005, when we had gained certification to the other international standard, ISO 14001:2004. At the same time, our quality management system was certified to the comparable standard,
ISO 9001:2000.

SUEZ Isle of Man’s successful registration under EMAS was warmly welcomed by the European Commission:

“On behalf of the Directorate General for the Environment of the European Commission, I would like to congratulate your organisation on this important achievement, which shows the highest commitment to the improvement of environmental performance. I would like to encourage you to continue along the path of EMAS development in order to make a lasting, positive impact on the environment.”

Pavel Misiga
European Commission, Directorate-General Environment, Brussels

Our EMS procedures govern every aspect of the plant’s operations – from the training given to drivers delivering waste, through the inspections made to identify non-conforming material, to how we report our activities to the regulator. This system is monitored under our parent company’s Quality and Environmental Management System (QEMS), as well as being reviewed and audited locally.

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK monitors and controls the integrated systems, so as to standardise the company’s approach to environmental and quality management and its implementation through local work instructions and records.

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