PD Ports has become the first port in the Northern Powerhouse to achieve certification to the Energy standard ISO 50001 across all of its 13 sites and operations nationwide.
After previously achieving ISO 14001 in 2012, the port operator successfully achieved ISO 50001 accreditation for reaching the international standard for energy management without incurring any non-conformances during the process.
The accreditation process involved seven days of intense auditing by an external body, Lloyds Register, to ensure PD Ports’ Energy Management System fully met the requirements for the standard.
The ISO 50001 standard specifies an organisation’s requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system (EnMS) that will help the organisation to use energy more efficiently and integrate better energy management into business strategy.
This is achieved by implementing and maintaining an energy management system that measures energy usage and continuously improves energy performance.
David Jones, Group Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, said: “As a business we are continuously working to reduce our impact on the environment whilst supporting sustainable practices.
“Achieving ISO 50001 demonstrates that our energy management system is meeting requirements and gives our customers and stakeholders the confidence that the organisation is committed to saving energy.
“The accreditation is a testament to the hard work of our Environmental Champions who continue to develop and deliver ways to improve our environmental performance.
“We are now looking forward to progressing our EnMS and further reducing our costs and carbon emissions as a company.”
PD Ports is already certified to the Environmental Standard ISO 14001 and, by incorporating this with ISO 50001, the port operator aims to further reduce energy costs and overall environmental impact.
In 2018, PD Ports was the first UK Port group to sign up to the Operation Clean Sweep initiative. Led by the British Plastics Federation, the initiative aims to actively minimise the risk of plastic pellets leaking into the environment.
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