Moving to New Standards
MPS Leicester, which produces cartons for the healthcare sector, has become the first UK MPS site to successfully transition to the environmental management standard, ISO14001:2015.
The new version of ISO14001 differs significantly from the previous version and places a greater emphasis on maximising environmental opportunities, while minimising environmental risks associated with each lifecycle stage of a product or service.
There have been several key changes to the standard in an attempt to improve the new version and offer a ‘holistic’ approach to managing environmental opportunities and risks.
- A greater commitment from leadership
- An increased alignment with strategic business direction
- Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
- More effective communication, driven by a communication strategy
- Life cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service from development to end of life
- Ensuring all applicable ‘outsourced activities’ are adequately considered
Trevor Lawton, SHE Manager at MPS Leicester, said: “This is a significant achievement that could not have happened without the help and support of everyone working at MPS Leicester. A year ago, we started working on the tasks to complete the transition and, since then, the site has benefited from step improvements in a number of environmental performance indicators. We’ve managed to reduce fossil fuel consumption by 12%, greenhouse gas emissions by 6% and water consumption by 30%. The site has also increased the amount of hazardous waste being collected and sent to be recycled.”
If any site would like any additional information about making the ISO 14001:2015 EMS transition; please contact Trevor Lawton SHE Manager – MPS Leicester.