Enhancing environmental performance

The need to measure environmental performance or limit environmental impact is a key focus for many organisations. Accredited testing, calibration, inspection and certification provide consumers, suppliers, purchasers and specifiers with assurance about environmental-related claims made. These services also provide Government and Regulators with reliable evidence of compliance.

Using standards and accredited conformity assessment can save energy, save costs and protect the environment. These case studies, research papers and supporting material show how businesses are using fewer resources, cutting waste, increasing recycling and reducing energy costs.

IBM uses ISO 14001 to save 6.7% of global energy use

IBM uses ISO 14001 to save 6.7% of global energy use

With nearly 380 000 employees and serving clients in more than 175 countries, IBM is the world’s largest technology services company. IBM has a global EMS, which is underpinned by ISO 14001. The company believes that this standard has enabled sustained performance and achievements including: Energy and climate:Between 1990 and 2014, IBM’s conservation efforts avoided 6.8 million […]


Brazilian Pharma reduces energy use by 30%

Brazilian Pharma reduces energy use by 30%

Baxter Healthcare employs over 1,200 employees across four sites in Brazil. The company manufactures blood transfusion dialysers, solutions for peritoneal dialysis, accessories for the administration of drugs and for drainage in peritoneal dialysis, and solutions or diluting and packaging medicines for pharmaceutical and veterinary companies. The company has a culture of sustainability, and the implementation […]


Indian Tailor saves $40s with ISO 50001

Indian Tailor saves $40s with ISO 50001

Raymond Limited, an Indian textiles company and tailor. With a capacity of 45.28 million meters in wool & wool-blended fabrics, the company commands a 60% market share in suiting in India and ranks amongst the first three fully integrated manufacturers of suiting in the world. Raymond Chhindwara is a Designated Consumer (DC) as per the […]


Shoe manufacturer saves $8m with ISO 50001

Shoe manufacturer saves $8m with ISO 50001

KMK Global Sports is a large producer sport shoes and sandals based in Indonesia. On average, 1.2 million pairs of shoe and sandal are produced each month, with all of the finished product exported overseas. Recognising rising energy costs, increasing energy use, and national energy efficiency regulation, the company adopted accredited certification to ISO 50001 […]


Thai Chemicals company saves $10m with ISO 50001

Thai Chemicals company saves $10m with ISO 50001

Map Ta Phut Olefins Company Limited (MOC), a subsidiary of SCG Chemicals, produces two main chemicals; ethylene and propylene. Given that energy is the most significant operating cost, the company developed an energy efficiency improvement strategy that identified ISO:50001 implementation as a tool for the development and standardisation of the operating process. Since certification was […]


LG Chem saves $9.4m with ISO 50001

LG Chem saves $9.4m with ISO 50001

LG Chem Ltd. Ochang plant, which produces Acrylic film for LCD modules and Lithium-Ion batteries, implemented an Energy Management System (EnMS) in 2014. As a materials company, LG Chem states that it wishes to create sustainable value by respecting people and respecting the environment in all of its business activities. Through monthly monitoring of its […]


Paper producer saves $1.6m with ISO 50001

Paper producer saves $1.6m with ISO 50001

PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper (IKPP), located in SerpongTangerang, Indonesia, is a joint venture between Indonesian and Taiwan companies. The company specialises in the production of coloured paper grades and is one of the world’s largest in this sector. In 2009, the Indonesian Government issued a regulation about energy conservation (Government Regulation No. 70/2009) […]


Textile manufacturer saves $318k per year with ISO 50001

Textile manufacturer saves $318k per year with ISO 50001

APAC INTI CORPORA is located in Central Java, Indonesia. The company produces 3 key products; Yarn, Greige Fabric, and Denim. It is a large-scale production with 70% of products sent overseas to over 70 countries, and 30 % for the domestic market. With energy and overhead costs rapidly escalating in the economy, an objective was […]


Gold Mine improves energy performance by 11.4%

Gold Mine improves energy performance by 11.4%

New Gold ‘s New Afton copper-gold mine and concentrator plant is located approximately 350 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia. Energy is the second biggest expense (after labour) accounting for 13% of total annual operational expense in 2015. An improvement in energy performance is one of the areas in which a significant increase in profitability […]


Precision manufacturer improves energy performance by 16.5% saving (US) $52,000

Precision manufacturer improves energy performance by 16.5% saving (US) $52,000

Harbec is a precision manufacturer specialising in custom injection moulding, CNC machining, complex prototypes, and additive manufacturing. It uses significant energy resources to operate three shifts within its 50,000 sq. ft. facility in New York, USA. As a result, the company worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office to successfully implement […]


Argentinian Energy company saves $271k with ISO 50001

Argentinian Energy company saves $271k with ISO 50001

Central Termoeléctrica Genelba’s power generation plant of Petrobras Argentina, is located in Marcos Paz, 50 km from Buenos Aires. It is an energy company specialising in the production of electricity. The driver for seeking certification to ISO 50001 was to minimise operational costs, ensure efficiency, and to demonstrate its social responsible credentials. The implementation of […]


Engine manufacturer generates savings of $37m with ISO 50001

Engine manufacturer generates savings of $37m with ISO 50001

Detroit Diesel designs and builds heavy-duty engines aimed at the North America and overseas market. They employ 3,400 full time employees who are based in Detroit in a 3.2 million sq. ft. facility. Accredited certification to ISO 50001 has enabled the business to achieve the following goals over the past 10 years: $37,000,000 in cost […]


Engineering company improves energy performance by 13.08%

Engineering company improves energy performance by 13.08%

Curtiss-Wright, a global advanced engineering company working across various markets, including defense and power generation, has locations across North America, Asia, and Europe. EMD, a Division of Curtiss-Wright based in the US, saw the implementation of an energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001, as a key element in continuing with energy conservation. Since […]


Medical Devices Provider saves €1.4 million with ISO 50001

Medical Devices Provider saves €1.4 million with ISO 50001

Abbott Diagnostics is an Irish-based provider of in-vitro diagnostics products with around 70000 institutional customers in more than 100 countries. The company decided to implement an energy management system as it aligned with its culture to promote an environment that is greener, healthier and more sustainable. Accredited certification to ISO 50001 has enabled Abbott Diagnostic […]


Irish pharmaceuticals company saves €800k with ISO 50001

Irish pharmaceuticals company saves €800k with ISO 50001

AbbVie Ireland in Sligo, is a licensed high containment facility for the manufacture of a wide range of pharmaceuticals. The company decided to gain accredited certification to ISO 50001 in order to improve energy efficiency, reduce their CO2 footprint, and to reduce their overall energy costs. Since implementation, it has delivered annual energy efficiency savings […]


Chrysler saves over $2m with accredited certification (ISO 50001)

Chrysler saves over $2m with accredited certification (ISO 50001)

Chrysler, the US car manufacturer, achieved accredited certification to ISO 50001 at its Brampton assembly plant in Canada. The driver for certification was to improve environmental performance and to cut energy costs. The plant has achieved savings of over $2 million, including $110,000 in annual electricity costs through lighting control systems, and almost $2 million […]


US Manufacturer saves $700k per year with accredited EnMS

US Manufacturer saves $700k per year with accredited EnMS

Cummins, a global engine manufacturer, worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office to successfully implement an Energy Management System (EnMS) at its plant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It generated a 12.6% improvement in energy performance, resulting in savings of over $700,000 per year. The cost to implement the energy management […]


IBM plant cuts energy consumption by 9.2% and saves CAD$550,000 per year

IBM plant cuts energy consumption by 9.2% and saves CAD$550,000 per year

The Bromont plant, located 80 kilometres east of Montréal, is IBM’s largest semiconductor assembly and testing facility and its only manufacturing plant in Canada. By adopting accredited certification to ISO 50001, IBM Bromont achieved 9.2% energy conservation and saved CAD $550,000 in 2013. The plant averaged an annual reduction in total energy use of more […]


US Defence Contractor saves $1m per year with ISO 50001

US Defence Contractor saves $1m per year with ISO 50001

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office to implement an energy management system (EnMS) at a federal ammunition plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania. GD-OTS staff members set an energy baseline and assessed opportunities to save energy in the plant’s significant energy-using systems. By implementing the recommended […]


Toyota (South Africa) saves US$360k with ISO 50001

Toyota (South Africa) saves US$360k with ISO 50001

The implementation of an Energy Management System (EnMS) at Toyota SA resulted in a reduction in electricity usage which has translated into cost-savings of more than R4.8 million over a two-year period. The company also generated energy savings of GWh 8.15 across its 14 plants, and reduced its GHG emissions by 7,804 tons. Further information […]


3M cuts energy costs by 15.2% with ISO 50001

3M cuts energy costs by 15.2% with ISO 50001

3M Company, the US Chemicals company, implemented a successful energy management system (EnMS) at its Brockville production plant in Canada. In 2012, the Brockville plant obtained certification of the ISO 50001 global EnMS standard. Accredited certification has achieved significant operational cost savings. 3M’s Brockville plant achieved a 15.2% improvement in energy intensity relative to 2010 […]


Food factory saves over $528,000 in energy costs with ISO 50001

Food factory saves over $528,000 in energy costs with ISO 50001

As one of the top three producers of premium pineapples with the largest facility in the world, Great Giant Pineapple (GGP) in Indonesia implemented ISO 50001 to improve energy performance. In the first two years of implementation, GGP made a total energy saving of 221,535.41 GJ, reduced CO2e emission by 18,908.87 Ton CO2e and made […]


Electronics firms saves $32,357 with ISO 50001

Electronics firms saves $32,357 with ISO 50001

Schneider Electric , a French Multinational, develops connected technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, and efficient. The company adopted ISO 50001 certification in order to maximise energy performance. Following the certification, the business’ energy performance increased by 10.5%, with savings totalling $32,480 over 3 years. Full details […]


Arabian Cement Company saves $8.74m from ISO 50001

Arabian Cement Company saves $8.74m from ISO 50001

Arabian Cement Company (ACC) has a production capacity of 5 million tons per year of high quality cement for the local and international markets. In 2014, the Egyptian government started to phase out energy subsidies, and so the business gained accredited certification to ISO 50001 to improve its energy performance. The adoption of an EnMS […]


ISO 50001 reduces Mutua Madrileña costs by 7.5% per year

ISO 50001 reduces Mutua Madrileña costs by 7.5% per year

Mutua Madrileña, a large insurance and real-estate company, that adopted accredited certification to ISO 50001 to achieve greater resource efficiency. Since ISO 50001 implementation in March 2014, the business has reduced its environmental footprint by 21.9%, and lowered its electrical and gas consumption by 20.5% and 27.7% respectively. The total cost savings since implementation equate to […]


Accredited Waste Management Scheme generates £17m saving

Accredited Waste Management Scheme generates £17m saving

Green Compass, a waste management scheme, has improved the waste management service and reduced Wales’ dependence on landfill. Both help meet the ambition of Environment Strategy, One Wales: One Planet for no additional landfill by 2026. Eighty waste management companies have been accredited, verifying the diversion of 2,081,566 tonnes of waste. Since 2009, Green Compass firms […]


Symbola report identifies environment management systems to be a competitive accelerator

Symbola report identifies environment management systems to be a competitive accelerator

Environmental certifications can be a competitive accelerator. As reported in the “Certify to compete” report carried out in collaboration with the Symbola Foundation, an environmental certification brings benefits in budgets, better relationships with providers, consumers, the territory, society and the public administration. Analysing a panel of certified companies as respect to the same number of […]


ISO 14001 certification provides critical positive impact on many dimensions of operational performance.

ISO 14001 certification provides critical positive impact on many dimensions of operational performance.

Drawing on data provided by a survey of North American managers, their attitudes toward EMS and ISO 14001, this study assesses the relative effects of having a formal but uncertified EMS compared to having a formal, certified system. The results strongly demonstrate that firms in possession of a formal EMS perceive impacts well beyond pollution […]


ISO 14001 reduces waste and improves environmental performance in US manufacturing organisations

ISO 14001 reduces waste and improves environmental performance in US manufacturing organisations

Research conducted on American manufacturing organisations demonstrates that ISO 14001 certification leads to lower waste rates when compared with companies that do not have ISO 14001 certification. The research showed that ISO 14001 drives tangible improvements in a companies environmental performance and the more waste that is generated, the higher the impact of the certification. The […]


Positive impact of integrated management system certification for Portuguese SME’s

Positive impact of integrated management system certification for Portuguese SME’s

Research based on SMEs across a variety of sectors in Portugal highlights the benefits of ISO 9001 (QMS), ISO 14001 (EMS) & ISO 18001 (OHSAS) certification around increased company reputation and integration in the community, environmental protection and efficiency savings, meeting legislation requirements and improved working conditions. The key element of this research was to explore […]


Austrian ISO 14001 certified organisations demonstrated improved environmental performance

Austrian ISO 14001 certified organisations demonstrated improved environmental performance

Research of ISO 14001 certified organisation in Austria (Schylander and Martinuzzi, 2007) concluded that ISO 14001 often leads to reduced environmental impact, especially in waste management. ISO 14001 also had a positive impact on the company’s image. The average payback time on an investment in an environmental management systems was less than two years. A […]


Australian firms enhance environmental performance and social and market positioning with ISO 14001 certification

Australian firms enhance environmental performance and social and market positioning with ISO 14001 certification

Empirical data collected from a large-scale survey of Australian firms was analysed to research the perceived benefits (i.e. environmental, social, and market) following the adoption of ISO 14001 (Prajogo, Tang, and Lai, 2012). The investigation concluded that the results indicate that external motives for ISO 14001 certification enhance social and market positioning, whereas internal motives […]


Management Standards certification improve the sustainability performance of Chinese manufacturing firms

Management Standards certification improve the sustainability performance of Chinese manufacturing firms

73 Chinese manufacturing firms were examined, by longitudinal data from 2009 to 2012, to investigate the effects of ISO 9001 certification in their sustainability goals (Wang, Lin, and Weber, 2016). It was found that ‘companies with certified management standards gain higher efficiency in pursuing their sustainability goals than those that are not certified. Moreover, firms […]


The value of ISO 14001 in Australia and New Zealand

The value of ISO 14001 in Australia and New Zealand

A study was conducted by Monash University’s Department of Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics, aimed  to investigate the perceptions of Australian and New Zealand businesses with respect to the drivers for the adoption of the ISO 14001 environmental system standard. The report concluded that the benefits of accredited certification to this standard included […]


Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. It has published a summary document for policy […]


What ISO standards can do for you as an SME

What ISO standards can do for you as an SME

As a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) looking to expand your business, this ISO brochure shows you how ISO International Standards can enhance your business as they have done for thousands of other small enterprises before you.


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