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Eco lighthouse certyfication Inge Aarhus


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Eco lighthouse certyfication Inge Aarhus

  1. 1. Eco-Lighthouse - the System Environmental analyses 3rd part certification Annual report with action plan and environmental accounting in The EcoLighthouse web based ERS system Recertification every 3rd year One set of general requirements The mayor of Trondheim, Rita Ottervik handed out 15 certificates - 9. June 2009. More than 70 sets of different business & industry
  2. 2. Eco-Lighthouse Requirements/Indicators1.General2. Working conditions3. Procurement4.Energy5. Transport6. Waste7. Emissions to air and water8. Aesthetics
  3. 3. Eco-Lighthouse – the Players The businesess Municipalities Consultants certifies, follows up, Information The administration Development - administration advice & courses Everybodyo-operation! must contribute! The Board
  4. 4. Eco-Lighthouse - Milestones– 1996: Started by the city of Kristiansand - LA 21– 2000: National board. Financed over the state budget, 2 mill NOK year/ 3years– 2004: EU – ”Best Practice” – SMB– 2006: Self financed– 2009 Web-based – Environmental Reporting System (ERS) and Environmental Accounting System + a system for managing Eco-Lighthouse certificates
  5. 5. Eco-Lighthouse - Growth
  6. 6. Eco-lighthouse - Why the success? • The establishing of the national ”Eco-Lighthouse office” • Financial support • The founders - national approval and support • Members and partners • The businesses - we serve our members • The consultant – an expert and a salesperson • The municipality : flexible, local approach and local approval and support The industry criteria – makes the system concrete and understandable for the businesses The Internet portal – the system for managing the certificates + the ERS and
  7. 7. Ecolighthouse scheme FinancingAfter about 10 years of operation the Eco-Lighthouse scheme is now self-financing. Themain sources of income are from fees, namely:• Fee for establishment of the certification process from companies – none recurring• Membership fee from companies – to be paid every year• Membership fee from municipalities – to be paid every year
  8. 8. An evaluation and comparison betweenClean Tourism and Green Office Certification System on Greenways and the Eco-Lighthouse Certification System
  9. 9. A Comparison of IndicatorsEco-Lighthouse Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation (PEPF)1. General lmplemented environmental policy2. Working conditions Ventilation, air conditioning and fire preventing systems in good working condition (Clean Tourism) User friendly working environment (Green Office)3. Procurement4.Energy Heating and electric power management Ventilation and air conditions systems in good working conditions Water supply5. Transport6. Waste Waste management procedures7. Emissions to air and water Sewage disposal8. Aesthetics
  10. 10. Similarities in the two certification systems• Environmental reqirements/indicators• Guidelines for the use of indicators• CO2 emission monitoring• Use of co-ordinators in Poland and consultants in Norway• Use of auditors• Certification Ceremonies
  11. 11. Indicator System Differences in the two certification systemsThe EcoLighthouse PEPF operates with 4system operates complete sets ofwith one set of requirements:general requirements • Green office,and additional • Clean tourism,requirements for more • Bike Friendlythan 70 different • Local centre ofbusinesses. environmental activity/Green flag
  12. 12. The Auditors Role in the two certification systems For both systems it is imperative that the audit is carried out by an independent auditor (3rd party)In Norway, the auditoris trained and In Poland the auditor isapproved by the employed either atEco-Lighthouse, • a university orbut employed as a • an environmental consultancysivil servant in themunicipality
  13. 13. Ecocertification What are the benefits?• Reduced costs, especially related to: • Energy consumption • Waste production• Improved reputation • More competitive • A stronger brand • Market demands• Benefits for the environment • Eco efficient production • Less pollution
  14. 14. Views on the future +Given that PEPF’s system for environmentalcertification is considered as a possible starting pointfor development of a national environmentalcertification system for SMEs in Poland, the followingshould be considered:• A cooperation between Poland and Norway which include experiences from the Eco-Lighthouse scheme, and PEPF’s experiences from Greenways.• PEPF’s audit system can be simplified and still meet national legislation and strong requirements on quality and neutrality
  15. 15. Next step? +There is a need to establish a more solid foundationfor Environmental Monitoring Systems (EMS) likethose developed on Greenways and the Eco-Lighthouse by: – less formal approach to EMS than ISO 14000 and EMAS – elaborate on ”Best EMS practice” for SMB ’s in Europe – integrate environmental certification schemes developed on Polish ”Greenways” into a national environmental certification scheme for Poland (and EU?)
  16. 16. Nordic Environment Network Organization for harmonizing, and coordination between invited less formal EMS Initiatives Less formalCities, regions EMS -or local A first stepmunicipalities towards moreCity of Copenhagen formalCity of Vejle systemsCity of GöteborgCity of StockholmCity of OsloCity of Helsinki •ISO 14001And others •EMAS •Nordic Swan Public and private EMS users