Environmental Protection

VWS&T Earns ISO 14001 Accreditation

VWS (UK) Ltd, which incorporates the United Kingdom’s leading water and wastewater treatment companies Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies and ELGA Process Water, has gained full ISO14001 accreditation of its Environmental Management System.

Bob Snowden is the business systems manager for ELGA Process Water who has been working hard since 2006 with a project team drawn from all of the VWS divisions to implement the management system and achieve accreditation. This standard was awarded following a detailed audit of all five of VWS’s UK sites by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems and defines processes and procedures that assist a business to identify the aspects of its operations that affect the environment, allowing it to assess their impact on the environment and control and reduce those impacts.

VWS (UK) Ltd decided to seek accreditation and set up a team of specialists with representatives from all the company’s sites. This team assessed the company’s activities and developed and implemented systems to control and reduce their effects on the environment.

“This is a really important for us,” said Snowden, “but it’s just the first step. We’ll continue to develop our systems, monitored by six-monthly audits by LRQA, to ensure the continuing improvement of the company’s environmental performance.”

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