DFGE– the Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy is releasing its second press release in the form of a checklist. The goal of the series is to ask simple questions that can help audit company’s gaps in sustainability programs and how to quickly bridge them. The second press release focuses on the environmental program.
Greifenberg/Munich, 23rd June 2016 – DFGE – Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy – was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the Technical University of Munich and offers complete consulting, software and audit solutions in the field of sustainability. DFGE has been specializing in Environment management more than 17 years ago, starting by assessing companies’ carbon footprints. DFGE also partners with internationally-recognized reporting frameworks to better support companies in their sustainability management and reporting, like CDP – The first press release focuses on the CSR program as a whole, while this second one is about the Environment part of an organization sustainability or CSR program.
1 – Is the program structured?
To make sure that an environmental management program will work, companies need to structure it
2 – Is there an energy and emissions management system?
All organizations need energy, at various levels. Some organizations need large amount of electricity and cooling to produce their goods. For these who do not produce, they still have energy use for transport, heating and electricity. Organizations can easily manage their energy consumption to reduce it. As such, the GreenHouse Gases emissions (GHG) will decrease. Also, the company can make money savings by consuming less.
3 – Is there a waste management system?
Any organization produces waste, even for the non-manufacturing sector (paper, food and drinks, e-waste from equipment…) Companies can simply adopt the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle model. The advantage of such model for the company can also be to avoid purchasing of new materials.
4 – Is there a water management system?
Water management is to become increasingly critical, especially in water-stressed areas. In this sense, all companies can act to reduce their water footprint.
5 – Is pollution controlled?
According to ISO 26 000, pollution refer to emissions to air, discharges to water, disposal of hazardous chemicals, waste hierarchy and other forms of pollution like noise, odor, visual impressions, vibration, electromagnetic emissions, radiation, infections agents.
To control pollution, companies can check the list below.
6 – Is biodiversity preserved?
The protection of the environment is key to avoid resource depletion in the future, which will affect companies’ production and sourcing. Some sectors are more exposed than others, like the building sector. In any case, companies who own their sites can also try and protect them:
7 – Are products eco-designed?
The above themes refer to the environmental impacts of the company. Products sold by the company can also have an environmental impact during their use, and their end-of-life. Companies can then design and produce them in order to reduce such impacts.
Companies can easily make a self-assessment of their environmental practices through this check-list, and then try to bridge the gaps. DFGE, as an environmental expert, is happy to provide any support related to carbon footprint, water footprint or product life-cycle analysis assessment. DFGE can help companies identify their environmental impacts and manage them accordingly, to benefit from competitive advantages and to preserve the Earth resources.
DFGE has at heart to help companies protect the environment and manage their impacts: DFGE is happy to support any organization in its CDP reporting, focuses on environment, or in any form of external reporting that includes questions on your environmental management, like EcoVadis.
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