In 2020, Simpro has worked hard to become certified under the environmental standard ISO 14001:2015. On 17 September 2020, we were finally presented with our new certificate.
“We are really proud to have been able to achieve this environmental certification. We have reviewed our company and processes in great detail, and all of our employees have worked hard to accomplish this goal,” Christian Gustav Jensen says. Jensen is Simpro’s HSE and Quality Manager.
Ticket to international markets
This ISO standard has many similarities with the Eco-lighthouse certification scheme common here in Norway. Jensen explains that the international standard will help Simpro gain access to new, international markets.
“International customers do not necessarily recognize that Norwegian laws cover a lot of the things included in the ISO 14001:2015 standard. This environmental certification is considered an advantage for international customers considering the services provided by Norwegian companies, and we believe this certification will make it easier for us to reach them.”
More relevant in Norway
The new certification will make things easier for Simpro’s Norwegian customers, too. Jensen points out that the paperwork alone is less complicated, and it will be easier to see whether Simpro satisfies relevant requirements in a competitive bidding situation.
“We can see that environmental certification under ISO is becoming more and more common in competitive bidding, and statistics show that this certification is becoming more and more common in Norway.”
What Simpro will be doing
As part of the certification process, Simpro has developed an overview of measures the company can implement to reduce their impact on the local environment.
“We noticed that a good deal of our lighting is old, and we have room to improve when it comes to waste. One of our main goals for 2020 is to reduce the amount of waste we generate by eliminating a lot of plastic and transitioning to renewable packaging materials wherever possible,” Jensen says.
In addition, Simpro has introduced a policy of asking all suppliers who use plastic in their shipments to switch to renewable packaging materials, such as cardboard.
“We are also lucky to have a building owner who has prioritized installation of heat pumps. This has put us in a great place to start with. Our goal moving forward is to continue to take small steps to improve our local environment, and we are proud to have achieved this environmental certification,” Jensen concludes.