Table of Contents
Why is Environmental Management Important?
Who Needs Environmental Management?
Typical Results Achieved
Typical Problems Encountered
Things to Consider
What's the PQA Advantage?
The Next Step
With climate change, species extinction, and
environmental cancer rates soaring, Environmental Management is
beginning to be recognized as an essential foundation for business and
all human activities. PQA personnel have been involved in
the technical aspects and implementation of environmental systems for
the past 25 years. Within the last 10 years, the recognized and accepted
"gold standard" for environmental management is ISO 14001 certification.
PQA offers consulting, training, auditing, and implementation support
services in Environmental Management systems.
- In most North American locations, it is 0.5șC warmer now than 100
years ago. The Heating Degree Days (HDD) have decreased by
9.5%, and the Cooling Degree Days (CDD) have increased by 65%.
This is in spite of air pollution causing Global Dimming, which has
blocked an extra 10% to 30% of the sun's radiation from getting to the
planet's surface during the last 50 years. Had all the sun's
energy reached the surface, we would have had an even higher temperature
- Greenhouse Gasses (eg. CO2, CH4, CFCs, N2O,
etc.) and related pollutants that absorb or affect the concentration or
efficiency of Green House Gasses (eg. CO, NOX, SO2, VOC,
etc.) have been continuously on the rise. Within the last 20
years, CO2 has gone from 335 to 385 ppm, a 15% increase.
- A total of 15,589 species of plants and animals are known to face a
high risk of extinction in the near future, in almost all cases as a
result of human activities. This includes 32% of
amphibian species, 24% of mammal species, 12% of bird species, 25% of conifers and 52% of cycads
(an ancient group of plants). http://www.iucn.org/themes/Ssc/red_list_2004/Extinction_media_brief_2004.pdf
- California has banned the construction of schools, day cares, and senior centres within 500 meters of freeways and major arterial roads due to the
excessive pollution levels in these areas.
- Approximately 50% of
Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer sometime in their life.
While modern medicine has focused on miracle cures, the childhood cancer
incident rate have risen over 20 per cent in the last 30 years.
Click on the map for a full size view of Canadian cancer annual incident
rates. These sad statistics are in spite of good lifestyle choices
(eg. not smoking, exercising, and eating your vegetables). Tests
on the blood and urine of 500 randomly chosen Canadians found varying
levels of contamination from heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic
chemicals (such as PCBs, mercury, lead). The contaminants include known
and suspected carcinogens and other chemicals that may cause
reproductive disorders, harm the development of children, disrupt
hormone systems or are associated with respiratory illnesses.
Cancer costs the Canadian economy an estimated $14 billion a year.
Direct cancer healthcare costs will be more than $176 billion.
Over $248 billion in tax revenues will be lost because of disability due
to cancer. Approximately 80% of these cancers will be linked to
environmental factors (eg. air pollution, water pollution, occupational
exposure, commuting to work, etc.).
- People expect business, and other individuals to curtail their
polluting behaviours, and adopt "Good Citizen", sustainable, and
environmentally sound methods.
All businesses need a sound environmental policy, and effective
implementation. Certain business sectors and activities have been
mandated to have effective environmental management practices, limits on
emissions, prevention, and emergency response systems.
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World-wide as of April 2005, 88,800 organizations have achieved compliance and
registration to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
Japan has the most registrations, followed by China. USA is ranked
6th, and Canada is 12th.
The number of ISO 14001 registrations per $ GDP or population are
interesting statistics. In 2001, the USA had one registration per
200,000 people or one per $6000 million of gross domestic product (GDP).
This compares to one registration per 23,000 people in Japan and one
registration per $900 million of GDP in the United Kingdom. For
Canada as of August 1999, it is 34th in the world in terms of ISO 14001
certifications per unit of GDP, behind all major competitors, and behind
such countries as Korea, Thailand, Brazil and Mexico. Clearly, North
America is lagging behind the rest of the world in adopting ISO 14001.
European environmental standard, has achieved similar recognition and
adoption. The rate of growth in ISO 14001 registrations has been
exponential since its start in Dec. 1995.
Individuals also need awareness and limits on their polluting
behaviours that affect others.
- Global Warming
- Sustainable development
- 3R's (Reduce, Re-use, & Recycle)
- Profit centre. It pays to be environmentally effective.
The 3R's (Reduce, Re-use, & Recycle) are a profit centre
- Ensure acceptance by customers as an environmentally acceptable
- Minimize worker exposure & risk
- Good corporate citizen. You are recognized as a preferred
place to work, or as a neighbour.
- Reduction in risk, legal costs, and administrative overhead due to
recognized environmental leadership and trust.
On the financial side of the environmental equation:
- 3M saved >$1 billion since 1975
- IBM saved $32 million in 1990
- Sealtest Dairy saved $3 million in 1994
- Sony cut scrap & waste by 95%
- Delphi Saginaw saves $14 million/yr
- GM Flint saves $0.25 million/yr in energy
You know you need an Environmental Management System if one or more of
the following events occur:
- Your mind flashes to the consequences if the government's
Environmental Inspector starts asking too many questions
- Your customers have demanded you be ISO 14001 certified
- You are feeling a price or profit squeeze, and don't know where else
to turn to find the necessary savings.
- You have an absenteeism, sickness, or employee turnover problem that
is costing your money or causing frustration
- You want to minimize government intrusion into your business or
- Some people feeling smug about using a Blue Box, recycling cans,
bottles, and paper. On the global basis, compared to what could be
accomplished, it's a good start, but is obviously short sighted, narrow
focused, and insufficient
- Too much bureaucracy. Remember, environmental management is
not about generating paper. It's all about the hearts and minds of
people, and awareness of the environmental consequences before making a
- High implementation costs. Don't forget, a properly designed
implementation should save money, not increase your costs. If you
have heard differently, talk to PQA to get the facts.
- Change can put you in the environmental spotlight after years of
"flying below the radar". PQA has experience at making these types
of transitions as smooth as possible. Find an expert.
- Why do you want to do an Environmental Management implementation?
- How does environmental issues rank on your organization's
overall Priority list today? 20 years from today?
- Why are environmental issues a significant competitive factor
for your business?
- Why do you want to do an Environmental Management implementation now?
Why not delay till later?
- What are your competitors & industry leaders doing about
- How do your customers and Stakeholders feel about environmental
issues, pollution, Green House Gasses, and sustainable development?
- Would you still do an Environmental Management implementation, even if government
regulations weren't forcing your hand?
- How will you find the best person to do your Environmental
- What is your budget for doing an Environmental Management
implementation (minimum $, maximum $,
PQA has 17 years experience at implementing Environmental Management systems in various
industries. We have developed proprietary Environmental Management systems that ensure
Environmental Management System is effective, accurate, timely, believable, and useful for management to
make the best decisions.
Environmental Management systems implemented by PQA typically include one or more of the
- Environmental Management is custom designed to each organization's
specific needs. One-size Environmental Management doesn't fit
- PQA searches for cost savings and productivity improvements
that can be achieved through improved environmental management.
These small changes can pay for the entire system.
- Environmental Management data is collected for each of the 21 internal processes that
exist in most For-Profit and Not-For-Profit organization. This
means that Environmental Management data is available to managers on a departmental, as well
as a business process basis (across 1 or more departments).
- Environmental Management system is linked to the 9 Competitive Factors (the 9 reasons why
customers buy from you instead of your competitors)
- Environmental Management data is linked to the 21 Success Factors
for Business Excellence. This ensures environmental issues help
maximize your profits, are sustainable in good times and bad, and you
have both balance and focus.
- Environmental Management assessment, consulting, coaching, and implementation assistance
to ensure effective implementation at all stages of your Environmental
If you or your organization want higher profitability, or significantly
improve your stakeholder satisfaction, a properly designed and implemented
Environmental Management system may be of interest.
or phone PQA (1-800-837-7046) for a free, confidential discussion of your
current situation, and how Environmental Management system may help.
PQA's typical recommendation is to do a rapid assessment of your
organization. This includes the accounting system, current
management measurement systems, all business processes, and interviews
with key personnel. PQA then provides a report on our findings and
recommendations on Environmental Management or other techniques that would be
beneficial. You are provided an approximate cost to implement, as
well as the currently estimated losses from the current system. An ROI and ROQ can then be calculated for the
Environmental Management upgrade
or implementation project.
If you decide to proceed, PQA can provide any necessary skills,
training, or implementation assistance to ensure an effective system.
PQA also offers quarterly or annual assessments to ensure the
Environmental Management system is working at peak effectiveness, or offer recommendations
for further improvement.