Increasingly, our customers are seeking ways to shrink the carbon footprint of their buildings, property and facilities. As industry leaders in painting and maintenance solutions, we are 100% focused on keeping the environment looking as clean and green as the Carus logo.
Painting and maintenance can be a dirty job so we’ve made the move to more environmentally friendly solutions including:
- Using, wherever possible, water-based paints.
- Using an Enviro-wash paint waste disposal system to recycle the dirty paint waste water produced each day. This system is recognised and approved by both Environment Canterbury (ECAN) and the Christchurch City Council and has its own trade waste license.
- Ensuring all our team are aware of and take the necessary action to reduce any adverse impact from the paint or application of products through all aspects of our business.
Enviro-Mark Diamond Certification
Enviro-Mark Diamond is the ultimate step in the Environmental Management System journey.
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a planned approach to managing environmental impacts. Organisations identify the significant environmental impacts arising from everything they do and then develop plans to prevent or reduce those impacts. The Enviro-Mark Programme mentors organisations to develop, implement and maintain an EMS and verifies their work.
Enviro-Mark Diamond certified organisations have a robust EMS in place. They have internal systems to ensure that their plans and policies are followed and to identify any opportunities for change and improvement. They have top management commitment to the EMS and its continuing stability.
Enviro-Mark Diamond certified organisations exceed the requirements of ISO 14001, one of the world’s best known environmental standards.
To achieve Enviro-Mark Diamond certification, an organisation:
- Controls all important documentation to ensure only the most up to date versions are being used;
- Has an internal EMS audit programme in operation, ensuring expected outcomes are occurring as planned;
- Periodically has top management review the performance of the EMS;
- Has formalised the roles and responsibilities for people working for and on behalf of the organisation;
- Communicates appropriately both internally and externally;
- Ensures appropriate training is given to people working with the EMS;
- Has documented all procedures relating to managing the system (both system and operational procedures);
- Has a good system for managing problems (non-conformities and opportunities for improvement);
- Has set objectives and targets for driving improvement and has programmes in place to meet those targets;
- Has developed, implemented and tested environmental emergency plans;
- Has identified and evaluated their significant environmental issues arising from activities, products and services;
- Is actively monitoring their ongoing compliance with New Zealand legislation and is ensuring they are aware of any changes to obligations;
- Has produced an environmental policy statement;
- Understands the scope of their EMS (i.e., are there any parts of the organisation that need to be excluded from the EMS and why);
- Exhibits no non-compliances with New Zealand’s applicable health and safety and environmental legislation.
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Carus is committed to actively working to achieve the following:
- Protecting the environment and preventing pollution related to its activities, and
- Complying with all applicable NZ Environmental legislation, and
- Continually improving our performance relating to the above.
To achieve this all staff will need to be actively involved, with Environmental to be discussed in team meetings. Sarah Johnson (Environmental Specialist) will monitor compliance as well as progress on ongoing environmental projects.
Our method to achieve the desired outcomes is:
- Regularly (at a minimum annually) assess our activities and their effects upon the environment in a systematic and logical fashion.
- Identify the actions we need to take to address each effect.
- Set targets based on the actions we need to take.
- Monitor (monthly or quarterly) our progress on each target.
The key points of its strategy to achieve this are:
- Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the Company.
- Reduce number of hazardous substances used to minimise the potential health and safety impacts to staff
- Monitor staff travel to reduce fuel use
- Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible.
8th June 2018