Environmental issues and sustainability are becoming increasingly important and have a major impact on companies and their shareholders (stakeholders). The topic is becoming increasingly important in business and society.
To achieve climate goals, more and more nations, governments and global entities are committing to climate neutrality (Net Zero) – the same is true for the expectation of today’s customer. This has a massive influence on entrepreneurial activity. In 2016, for example, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a roadmap to 2030, which are intended to ensure sustainable development at the economic, social and environmental levels worldwide and serve as a binding blueprint for the nations of the world to also achieve ecological climate and environmental goals.
ECOLOGICON is a strong partner that supports you in all issues related to the implementation of climate protection, achievement of climate protection goals and sustainability standards up to a sustainable economy in terms of implementation and achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Do you know which regulations are relevant for your company? Is this knowledge of specifications also present among your employees and the responsible stakeholders in your company?
The requirements for companies to protect the environment are rapidly changing and becoming more stringent.
As an external environmental and sustainability department, we always keep track of things for you and advise you on legal changes, technical implementation options and special features of other EU countries and worldwide.
We would be happy to help you develop concepts for implementing these requirements. We take into account not only current laws and regulations, but also future, expected legal and regulatory expansions, changes in standards and methods, but also developments in your target markets – not least in benchmarking with your competitors.
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The environmental officer plays a central role in the environmental protection of your company. Within this framework, the representative in a company fulfills the important role of operational self-monitoring and organizes all tasks of operational environmental protection such as immission protection, water protection, waste, hazardous substances and incidents.
The environmental officer shall ensure that all requirements in operational environmental protection are met.
Are you required to provide or appoint company representatives? Whether for waste, water protection, immission control, hazardous goods or incidents, as external environmental officers we are happy to take over these functions in your company.
We are happy to support your employees in promoting knowledge management in the company through regular training and continuing education.
One of the most important responsibilities of the employer is to ensure safety in the workplace. The objective of occupational safety is always to protect the health of employees from hazards in the workplace.
Your company runs accident-free? You want it to stay that way? The entrepreneurial model is reaching its limits?
We support you in the legally compliant implementation of all occupational safety requirements in accordance with the German Occupational Safety Act (ASiG) and the obligations of the German Statutory Accident Insurance. In addition to this support, we are also available for the evaluation and processing of special occupational health and safety topics.
As external specialists for occupational safety, we critically examine and assess your operating processes and identify sources of danger. We help with the preparation of individual risk assessments, train and instruct you and your employees and carry out necessary inspections. ECOLOGICON supports you in preparing appropriate operating and work instructions and descriptions of procedures and processes.
Personal data is processed in every company. Whether it is the birthday calendar or log entry of the website. People’s information quickly comes together and is stored, shared and deleted. But not everyone wants to reveal personal information.
We will be happy to advise you on which data may and may not be collected. In doing so, we consider not only the necessary documentation, but also possible technical implementation options.
We support you in developing a concept for the implementation of these requirements. In doing so, we take into account not only current regulations, but also future developments on the market.
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Uniform and equal standards for all economic actors involved guarantee transparent production and a fair competitive environment. However, these standards are not always easy to find and understand.
A globally recognized certification for electronics recyclers is the Responsible Recycling© Standard (R2). R2 is a voluntary standard and is aligned with the electronics recycling industry’s key operating standards for electronics recycler (e-recycler) operational practices. R2 certification is based on the R2 standard and is overseen by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The standard requires certified companies to have a policy for handling used and end-of-life electronic equipment, components and materials based on the strategies of reuse, material and energy recovery (recycling) and/or disposal (disposal). This certification is intended for electronics recyclers. The certification is issued by external auditors.
Organizations seeking R2 certification should verify that their operations meet the R2 standard and contact one of the third-party certification bodies that performs R2 certification.
The E-Stewards standard stands for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment. The certification is achievable for all electronics recyclers and reprocessors and is based on ISO 14001 standards. After certification, periodic surveillance audits take place to ensure that organizations are complying with standards and meeting numerous performance requirements. This places particularly high demands on the handling of hazardous electronic waste, the export of hazardous WEEE (e.g. to developing countries), working conditions and landfill.
The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization comes from the French: “Comité Européen de Normalisation Électrotechnique (CENELEC)” and is one of the most important standardization organizations in Europe. CENELEC is responsible for European standardization in the field of electrical engineering (ENEC marking). Together with ETSI (standardization in the field of telecommunications) and CEN (standardization in all other technical fields), CENELEC forms the European system for technical standards. Behind the term CENELEC and DIN EN 50625-1:2014 09 is a European series of standards that describes the requirements for the treatment and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The standard pursues the objective of promoting mechanical recycling and supporting high-quality recovery processes. Improper disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment should be avoided.
WEEElabex stands for the abbreviation (WEEE label of excellence) and was created through an EU co-funded project to develop a Europe-wide standard for auditing recyclers and recoverers of WEEE. The requirements are set for the collection, logistics and treatment of WEEE.
So far, certification according to the WEEElabex standard has been widespread mainly in France and the Netherlands, as well as Italy; demand in Germany is increasing.
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a certification method for purchasers (governments, institutions, consumers, etc.) to evaluate a product’s impact on the environment. It evaluates various environmental aspects during the life cycle of a device and classifies products into gold, silver or bronze categories based on a set of environmental criteria. This standard is also occasionally used by recyclers and recoverers of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
EPEAT is administered by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 with the goal of promoting and advancing environmental protection throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies (electrical industry).
If you want to have your products certified according to certain standards, ECOLOGICON can help you find the right certification and implement it step by step in your production chain.
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The Supply Chain Sourcing Obligations Act, or LkSG for short, is a new legal obligation that affects all companies at the site in Germany equally. Rather, it is about presenting the regulatory requirements as a great opportunity to help your company gain a long-term international competitive advantage to realize better future products, businesses and supply chains.
The new LkSG obliges German companies to review and implement their corporate due diligence obligations on human rights and environmental aspects for their indirect and indirect suppliers throughout the entire supply chain.
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In addition, the transparency created with regard to human and environmental rights requirements enables a whole new perspective on the issues of security of supply, innovation, cost efficiency and economic risks. By sharpening the focus on these requirements, the implementation of the law can lead to the positive expansion and improvement of the entire supplier network and can be used economically.
You will do your best to comply with all legal and voluntary obligations that you must or want to comply with. But their company certainly doesn’t operate self-sufficiently either. The quality of your products depends on the quality of all the players who work with you on the life cycle of your products.
Where do your products actually come from? Who supplies what and under what conditions?
Does this global supply chain respect human and environmental issues?
In the future, companies’ responsibility will extend to the entire supply chain, graded according to the degree of influence they can exert. The obligations are implemented by companies in their own business area towards their direct suppliers. Indirect suppliers will also be included as soon as the company receives “substantiated knowledge” of human rights violations at this level.
The objective is to improve the protection of human rights in global supply chains. The Supply Chain Act clearly sets out the requirements for corporate due diligence for all companies and stakeholders. In principle, these corporate obligations extend to the entire supply chain – from the raw material to the finished sales product.
Companies still have until January 1, 2023 to review global value chains and implement the legal obligations.
Trust ECOLOGICON to implement your legal obligations so that your company is future-proofed to create a long-term competitive advantage in the international market.
We help you define measurable evaluation criteria and relevant focal points so that your quality requirements are also reflected in the supply chain. This way, you can ensure that everything in the life cycle of your products – from development and distribution to return and disposal – runs smoothly.
In the process, we audit new and existing suppliers and partners, assess risks and identify potential for improvement.
Do good and talk about it. Your business is up and running. They produce, deliver products and dispose of product waste. You have qualified employees; your processes work and you adhere to your compliance regulations.
How do you now convince new and existing customers about the quality of your work? Have your products or your company externally audited and certified.
Many companies already require their partners and suppliers to have quality, environmental, or energy management systems and, in the waste disposal sector, a waste disposal specialist certificate. Consumers are increasingly opting for products with seals.
The systematic review reveals weaknesses at an early stage, opens up optimization opportunities and helps you to identify and avoid errors.
A management system refers to the way organizations organize themselves in their structures and processes in order to act systematically and achieve planned goals.
They pursue policies based on orderly and efficient processes, manage them and justify the continuous, systematic improvement of the organization to achieve the planned goals.
In an integrated management system, a wide variety of aspects are linked: e.g. quality and environmental protection, energy and occupational safety, social standards and corporate healthcare, information security or risk management.
In this way, they enable a holistic view of economic, ecological and social factors.
Quality management (DIN EN ISO 9001:2015)
Part of the management system regarding the quality of an organization. By implementing ISO 9001, organizations ensure transparent, standardized and optimized processes.
Environmental management (DIN EN ISO 14001:2015)
Part of the management system regarding the environmental aspects (environmental influences and impacts, etc.) of an organization. Through the implementation of ISO 14001, organizations ensure the basis for sustainable and environmentally friendly management and the improvement of competitiveness.
Environmental Management (EMAS)
Part of the management system regarding the environmental aspects (environmental impact and effect, etc.) of an organization. It includes all the requirements of ISO 14001 and supplements them with additional requirements.
Occupational safety management (DIN EN ISO 45001:2018)
Part of the management system for safety and health at work. By implementing ISO 45001, organizations ensure the basis for creating safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injuries and illnesses and sustainably improving occupational health and safety performance.
Energy management (DIN EN ISO 50001:2018)
Part of the management system regarding the use of energy in an organization. It includes the combination of all measures that ensures the achievement of the required performance with minimum use of energy.
Specialist disposal company (EfB)
The term “Entsorgungsfachbetrieb”, also abbreviated to “EfB”, is defined in § 56 Para. 2 of the Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act (KrWG). The detailed requirements for specialized waste management companies are derived from the Ordinance on Specialized Waste Management Companies (EfbV). Only particularly qualified waste management companies that meet defined requirements can become specialized waste management companies.
Initial treatment facilities (ETA)
An ETA is a facility for the initial treatment of waste equipment, where the waste equipment is prepared for reuse or de-polluted and recyclables are separated from the waste equipment. The implementation of the recycling processes R 12 and R 13 according to Annex 2 of the German Recycling and Waste Management Act (ElektroG) alone is not sufficient to be certified as a primary treatment facility for the activities of pollutant removal and recyclable material separation.
We will be happy to support you in the correct selection, establishment and maintenance of your certification, management system or in obtaining product certificates and seals.
Certifications according to management systems:
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Are you planning to build a plant?
You have built a plant and want to make changes? You have received a letter from the authorities?
No construction project succeeds without a permit. We will help you find a suitable property, approach the right authority and gather the necessary documents.
We are happy to accompany you throughout the entire approval process, find suitable experts and prepare statements on conditions and ancillary provisions.
Waste management activities
Do you generate, collect, transport or treat waste?
As you know, environmental law provides for various permits for numerous activities related to waste – from collection to transportation to treatment.
It is easy to lose track of the necessary permits and obligations that result.
ECOLOGICON can help you find your way around by centralizing and managing the relevant information on permits and approvals for you and guiding you step by step through the official procedures – nationally and internationally.
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