Waste management company, Grundon, has been awarded the ISO 50001 Energy Management certification, confirming that all sites it operates and where energy is used are now fully compliant with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), including the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility.
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria (employ 250 or more staff and have an annual turnover in excess of around £42m or an annual balance sheet of around £36m). It is an audit of the energy used in the organisations’ industrial processes, buildings and transport, and are used to identify cost-effective energy saving measures. Energy used in the context of an ESOS assessment includes electricity, gas, renewables, heating oil, diesel and petrol.
Speaking about Grundon’s certification to ISO 50001, Toni Robinson, compliance manager, said: “At Grundon we have always managed our energy and therefore adding the specifics of ISO 50001 to our current integrated management system hasn’t been too onerous a task. The effective and efficient management of energy has been embedded into operation of the Grundon business for many years.
“By achieving this certification we have proven as a business that we manage our energy usage effectively. Every year at Grundon we measure, monitor and manage, setting annual environmental targets and using the indicators to help understand and mitigate the environmental impact of our operations.
Carbon Neutral Waste Collections
“During our energy reviews,” Toni added “we identified that diesel usage by our collection vehicle and company car fleets was the single largest energy source used by the business, accounting in 2014 for 61.6% of our overall energy usage. This was why we had partnered with The CarbonNeutral Company, a world-leading provider of carbon reduction solutions, to invest in a three-year programme to offset our vehicle emissions and support a community reforestation project in rural Uganda.
“Our commitment to operating a CarbonNeutral® vehicle fleet means that every time we collect waste from a customer site or a member of the Grundon team visits a customer in a company car, not only is the journey be CarbonNeutral®, but it will also avoids adding to the customers’ own carbon footprint.
There was also good news for the Lakeside Energy from Waste facility, a joint venture between Viridor and Grundon, which have also achieved certification satisfying the requirements of ISO50001 following an audit by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA).