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Environmental Policy & Plan

Company Environmental Policy Statement

Gee & Company recognises that it uses and manufactures a wide range of products some of which have the potential to pollute the environment, and that some of the company’s activities throughout the life cycle of its products also have the potential to affect the environment.

We are committed to preventing pollution, and to minimising the impact of all our activities on the environment.

The company’s environmental policy is:

  • To conduct its operations in a way that ensures continuing compliance with all relevant environment legislation.
  • To improve its operations continuously, so that pollution is reduced and fewer non-sustainable resources are consumed.
  • To commit to both social and ethical principles in the execution of its business.

In support of this policy the company will:

  • Keep updated with relevant legislation.
  • Plan for emergencies.
  • Encourage the reuse and recycling of waste whenever possible.
  • Set objectives and targets for improving environmental performance.
  • Provide suitable training for all employees.
  • Perform environmental activities according to a management system that is consistent to the requirements of BS EN ISO14001: 2004.
  • Allocate adequate resources to implement the environmental policy.
  • Encourage the use of environmental management systems by its suppliers.
  • Maintain good relations with both neighbours and regulators.
  • Audit and review its management systems to ensure continuous improvement.

This policy will be reviewed annually, be revised and re-issued whenever necessary. It will be communicated to all employees, contractors and suppliers, and to the public and other interested parties on request.

 

Environmental Plan

ISSUE 1 – WASTE & BY-PRODUCTS

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AIM: To reduce and/or alleviate the impact on the environment of the company’s waste and by-products.

Key Objectives:

  • To alleviate the impact from un-recyclable GRP Storage tanks at the end of their 20 year life-cycle
  • To reduce the waste of solvents in Plastic Fabrications by Dec 2007
Action Who Timescale Progress
To discuss, during annual reviews, advances in science and technology that may help with the recycling of GRP within the projected 20 year lifecycle of GRP coated tanks Rob Lissner Reviewed annually 18-10-06 – Macerated samples of GRP were sent for leach tests. Unfortunately these tests, which were client driven, proved inconclusive. As the client has not been proactive in continuing this research this method of disposal is no longer being considered. It is the company’s intention to continue reviewing advances in science and technology annually
To determine volumes that require disposal and then carry out design review for a still along with associated costs Rob Lissner December 2007 18-10-06 – Although the design review has not yet taken place, solvent usage has been substantially reduced by the adoption of improved working methods. The design review for the still is to take place by Dec 2007

ISSUE 2 – RELEASES TO WATER

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AIM: To alleviate the impact of releases to water from chemical spillage during the loading and movement of resins and solvents.

Key Objectives:

  • To identify the risk areas of releasing chemical spillage into surface drains
Action Who Timescale Progress
Identify surface drains and where they discharge. Identify methods of confining potential spills e.g. inflatable booms, sleeping policemen John Roberts December 2007 18-10-06 – Works instruction have been issued to Plastic Fabrications and the colour coding of the drains has begun. It is the company’s intention to complete this exercise by Dec 2007

ISSUE 3 – USE OF ENERGY

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AIM: To reduce site energy consumption of gas and electricity.

Key Objectives:

  • To investigate methods of reducing the consumption of gas & electricity
Action Who Timescale Progress
To carry out study of energy consumption over a six month period to ascertain areas of high consumption, and to install energy efficient heating and lighting John Roberts Reviewed Annually 18-10-06 – Six monthly reviews are continuing and a new control system has been fitted to the HQ block boiler, which gives ‘sun sensitive ‘ control of the heating system. Furthermore the new Technical block has been built to the highest and latest standards of insulation and includes a segregated lighting system that uses time zones to differentiate between personnel and security lighting

ISSUE 4 – USE OF RAW MATERIALS & NATURAL RESOURCES

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AIM: To reduce the amount of water used annually by the company.

Key Objectives:

  • To investigate methods for the collection of rainwater for use on grey applications
Action Who Timescale Progress
To carry out feasibility study for the collection and storage of rainwater and how recycled water could be plumbed John Roberts December 2007 18-10-06 – The feasibility study showed that grey water collection was not the most cost-effective solution to reduce water usage. Instead the Technical block has been installed with urinal sensors to control their flushing and bring lights on only when needed. Furthermore all toilets in the technical block are ‘dual flushing’

ISSUE 5 – USE OF RAW MATERIALS & NATURAL RESOURCES

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AIM: To reduce the amount of paper used annually by the company.

Key Objectives:

  • To reduce the amount of paper used annually by the company.
Action Who Timescale Progress
To request by memo all employees assistance in reducing the amount of paper used annually by the company and to measure the results annually by comparing purchase orders for paper against the previous year’s purchases Rob Lissner December 2007 23-10-06 – Monthly stock-takes on the photocopier paper have been proposed, the results of which will allow the monitoring of paper usage and the measurement of the reduction in usage
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