Power resistor manufacturer, Cressall, has been awarded ISO14001 accreditation for its green processes and systems. The requirements of ISO14000 are an integral part of the EU’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Although it was not a legal requirement, the management team at Cressall elected to undergo the process. The company started taking steps toward reducing its impact on the environment in January 2010 and, two years later, the ISO 14001 standard was achieved.

The Leicester-based company, which has successfully implemented a lean strategy in the last few years, has also reduced overall energy consumption. This has resulted in lower running costs and paved the way towards achieving Cressall’s environmental objectives.

“Waste management and recycling have always been top priorities for us,” explained Joe Pickering, safety, health, environmental and quality engineer at Cressall. “We don’t produce high emissions, so it was natural that our focus would be to considerably reduce scrap and waste.”

“However, our environmental targets also include energy reduction,” he continued. “We strive to optimise our electricity usage and decrease gas and water consumption. This not only sends savings straight to the bottom line, but it is also good for the environment,” Pickering concluded.

“Achieving ISO14001 means a lot to us,” said Cy Wilkins, the company’s managing director and lean champion. “It helps build confidence amongst our partners and suppliers and testifies to our commitment to continual improvement. Choosing to comply with this environmental standard also shows that Cressall is a responsible company employees can be proud to work for.”