» EMS continues to benefit financially and ethically from ISO14001
06 March, 2015
EMS is a class leading and award winning manufacturer of wireless fire systems. Based in Herne Bay Kent, with nearly half a century’s experience and expertise, EMS is acknowledged as the authority on radio based fire detection product development.
Utilising the very latest techniques and processes at our manufacturing centre, our focus is on producing world beating quality British products as well as challenging and probing accepted technologies and concepts.
We are investing heavily in our current development programmes, bringing new innovations to market and expanding our diverse and highly motivated team as the company continues its planned growth and expansion into global markets.
An important part of our growth programme is how we review and manage sustainable and environmentally sound practices. With the implementation of ISO 14001 a methodical and systematic review was undertaken of existing processes as well as looking at a number of new initiatives.
An early win was the re-examination of waste produced and how this was removed from the Herne Bay site. This lead to 74% of all waste generated being recycled and savings of over £7,000 in removal fees. All energy used throughout the factory and administration offices was next on the agenda. Looking at how gas, water and electricity were used, and how this could be improved produced significant savings. Something as simple as reviewing how the flushing of toilets could be improved without affecting the efficiency showed that a 40% saving of water could be achieved.
Looking at the way the building is used and how occupancy can be adapted to reduce energy consumption was considered and improvements implemented. Machinery is now switched off at night and weekends as is office equipment. Lighting in many areas was over used and reductions in levels of lighting addressed. These reductions did not affect the usage of the area or introduce any Health and Safety issues yet produce significant cost savings. Finally a review of the existing suppliers was undertaken and comparisons made with competitors to seek more economical energy supplies. These actions have resulted in savings of around 30% over previous usage.
We then looked at other areas, for example site drainage. Typically this would not be reviewed as part of an energy audit or review with relevant action being undertaken as required. This would lead to expensive and protracted works when things went wrong. By planning and putting a programme into place for mapping and cleaning of the drainage infrastructure on a regular basis these remedial works are avoided.
Although costs are generated for regular works these can now be planned and budgeted for but more importantly this has radically reduced crisis management and costs associated with urgent action to rectify a flood or blockage. The net result is again an ongoing saving over the period this regime has been introduced.
EMS are not only benefiting financially but are proud of our environmental credentials, encouraging staff to be part of the process and looking for ideas and initiatives internally. We have a suggestion scheme which rewards staff for viable improvements.