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Environmental Compliance

Environmental Compliance

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Environmental Compliance is a comprehensive term encompassing a variety of sustainability goals and requiring meeting different legislations to different aspects of the environment. In the US alone, there is the Environment Protection Agency, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Stormwater Clean Water Act to name but a few. Compliance with these acts is not only mandatory but noncompliance can lead to a big drain on resources while also destroying the environment around the site of the accident. In addition to fines, you may also have to serve a jail term. The fine itself can be $2,500 a day a violation, not to mention the losses due to disruption in the operations, attorney fees and loss of business due to reputation damage. If that is not compelling enough a reason to consider environmental compliance, implementing best practices aligning with environmental regulations can not only make your business sustainable but also improve your operational excellence and profitability.

What is environmental compliance?

Environmental Compliance covers a broad range of laws, regulations and standards framed by governments and other regulatory bodies to protect the environment even when businesses continue to manufacture and reach out to several markets. This is to enable organizations to think about the impact they’re leaving on the environment. It reduces pollution, protects wildlife and improves the green cover so that we may bequeath a greener world to posterity while pursuing economic development.

Environmental Compliance

Why environmental compliance?

ComplianceQuest Environment and Sustainability Solution enables an organization to identify aspects and related impacts and assess the potential risk that it exposes the organization to both with and without control measures. It tracks and manages events and seamlessly reports issues to regulatory agencies and can automate and digitally transform your process to help improve sustainability performance.

Benefits of environmental compliance

Environmental compliance describes the many ways in which public authorities monitor, promote, and enforce compliance with the regulations to improves the society we live in through enhanced environmental benefits:

  • Cost reduction
    Cost reduction: Non-compliance can prove costly in more ways than one. Apart from the costs in the form of penalties and litigation costs, unsustainable practices can be expensive and take many forms such as waste of resources, environmental remediation and so on. Cost reduction becomes easier when you follow sustainable practices and reduce waste. A robust EHS system can help identify potential areas of improvement.
  • Reduced carbon footprint
    Reduced carbon footprint: You can significantly decrease the carbon footprint by adopting sustainable business practices. An automated system improves operational productivity that can also help with optimizing the use of resources.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
    Corporate Social Responsibility: EHS provides the method of tracking and reporting emissions to regulatory agencies. With consistent monitoring, sustainability goals are easily tracked and achieved. When your company becomes sustainable, it is automatically going to be beneficial to society. This can enhance your brand image and result in an expanded customer base.
  • Business profitability
    Business profitability: EHS will reduce the effort in tracking, managing, and reporting while ensuring effective decision-making to reach the goals set by your company. Compliance with regulatory standards results in cost savings, operational efficiency and enhanced brand image to improve profitability.

How do I get into compliance?

Environmental compliance and workplace safety are important for almost all industries. When you are running a business, it is important to understand which of the regulations are applicable to you and complying with the relevant ones for achieving sustainability.

To become compliant, consider the following:

Understanding Laws and Regulations

The laws are different for every geography, size, and nature of business. You must be aware of the environmental legislation that is applicable to your organization.

Automated Workflows

Automating your environment compliance efforts not only makes it easier but also improves the outcomes. ComplianceQuest’s cloud-based EHS solution has a module focused on helping enterprises across sectors meet their sustainability and environment goals automating processes and workflows. From oil and gas companies to healthcare firms – a wide range of companies across industries use our Sustainability and Environment solutions.

Continuous Improvement

EHS management plays a vital role in improving workplace safety and sustainability. It also helps forward-thinking organizations to proactively strive for continuous process improvement while seeking to reduce organizational risk.

Stay Updated

Ensure that you are up to date on regulatory information for all your locations and the requirements that must be met to comply with local laws, regulations and best practices.

How can CQ Environmental Compliance help?

CQ’s Environment and Sustainability solution is designed to help with the following:

  • ISO 9001
    Establish Ambitious Environmental Objectives
  • ISO 9001
    Track Sustainability Metrics
  • ISO 9001
    Identify and document ‘Aspect and Impact’
  • ISO 9001
    Report Spills and Releases
  • ISO 9001
    Permit Management
  • ISO 9001
    Act on Notice of Violation
  • ISO 9001
    Regulatory Content Library for training purposes

How can CQ Environmental Compliance help?

CQ’s Environment and Sustainability solution is designed to help with the following:

  • Establish Ambitious Environmental Objectives
  • Track Sustainability Metrics
  • Identify and document ‘Aspect and Impact’
  • Report Spills and Releases
  • Permit Management
  • Act on Notice of Violation
  • Regulatory Content Library for training purposes

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is automation of environmental compliance important?
Environmental compliance management software (ECMS) enables users across the organization to digitally manage product sustainability and environmental compliance. It ensures all materials and manufacturing processes comply with sustainability directives, environmental laws and other specifications throughout the product lifecycle.
Enterprises can seamlessly control and trace the materials that fabricate their products with ECMS which results in reducing the risk of non-compliance with environmental regulations and supporting product sustainability. Automating with compliance, ECMS solutions include features to create reports, accumulate supplier declarations, reveal data, and other documentation for regulatory requirements or sustainability planning.
What are the EHS benefits that impact your business?
Environmental compliance has an impact on your business in many ways including:

  • Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
  • Streamlining Your Workflows
  • Managing the health and safety management program
  • Improving risk visibility
  • Managing incident investigations
  • Reducing costs
  • Managing spill responses
  • Demonstrating compliance and continuous improvement
  • Managing emissions tracking
  • Gaining a competitive advantage
  • Managing EHS training
What are the risks you will experience if not complying with EHS?
EHS risk management encompasses several types of risks across your enterprise. Below are a few types of EHS risk:

  • Compliance risk: Potential exposure to legal penalties, fines, and losses when a company fails to comply with laws and regulations.
  • Safety risk: A potential exposure of injury, death, or adverse health consequences.
  • Environmental risk: A potential harm to the environment and the surrounding ecosystem from a company’s emissions, waste, and resource usage.
  • Climate risk: Hazards from climate-related events, trends, forecasts and projections.
  • Management of change risk: Injury or accident from inappropriately planned changes in process equipment, chemicals, facilities, etc.

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