Environmental & Sustainability Solutions

Environmental & Sustainability Solutions

Guarantee the quality of your products

Guarantee the quality of your products

What are the environmental & sustainability solutions?

With new sustainable manufacturing methods constantly being unveiled, manufacturers must regularly assess the potential environmental impact of their existing processes. Worldwide, consumers are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious and switching to products that comply with environmental best practices. To remain in step with changing market expectations, manufacturers require expert analysis, advice on compliance with international environmental standards, and independent assessment to ensure that their products do not adversely affect human health or natural ecosystems.

Environmental and sustainability solutions are important for organisations to reduce their impact on the environment and conserve natural resources.

Why are environment services important?

Environmental and sustainability services from an expert partner will help you fulfil your environmental commitments to internationally recognised standards and best practices. Our knowledge and in-depth understanding of various aspects of environmental concerns also provide informed decision-making so that you can streamline your manufacturing processes, minimise risk, reduce consumption of resources such as energy and water, maximise reuse opportunities and enhance brand reputation.

Through these services, organisations can reduce their environmental impact, comply with regulations, and attain sustainability targets while driving positive sustainability performance and innovation.

Our environmental and sustainability services:

Our range of environmental and sustainability services is as diverse as the environmental challenges we face. Whether you're seeking to reduce your carbon footprint, enhance resource efficiency, comply with stringent environmental regulations, or foster a culture of sustainability within your organisation, we have a solution tailored to your needs.

  • Lifecycle Assessments (ISO 14040) – This is a standardised tool for recording the descriptive environmental impacts of a product throughout its entire lifecycle. TÜV SÜD supports manufacturers to enhance the credibility of lifecycle assessments through a professional critical review.

  • Product Water Footprint (ISO14046)– The water footprint of a product is a quantifiable assessment of the potential direct and indirect impacts on water, as a result of all processing stages of its production. A product water footprint tells us how much pressure that product has put on water resources.

  • Product Carbon Footprints (GHG Protocol) –  A product carbon footprint measures the greenhouse gas emissions throughout the product’s entire lifecycle. TÜV SÜD supports manufacturers to enhance the credibility of a carbon footprint through a certification.

  • Renewable resources verification (TÜV SÜD Standard CMS 71)– This service deals with certification of the use of renewable resources in support of a claim that informs buyers how their purchasing behaviour impacts the transition from fossil to renewable resources in the value chain.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – We can undertake a full EIA to allow our clients to understand the environmental effects of a product, plant or proposed project, taking into account socioeconomic and health impacts so that mitigation plans can be put in place.

  • Developing products in a Circular Economy (training / awareness programmes) – Our training and awareness programmes aid manufacturers in developing processes that reflect Circular Economy principles and values.

  • REACH Regulatory Testing (EC 1907/2006) – Registration Evaluation Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) restrictions serve to limit or ban substances that pose excessive risks to human health or the environment. Our testing services help manufacturers to fulfil their chemical safety testing obligations under REACH.

  • RoHS testing (Directive 2011/65/EU) – We assess manufacturers for compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in the manufacturing of various types of electrical and electronic equipment.

  • WEEE (Directive 2012/19/EU) – This Directive covers waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). We support manufacturers to comply with this Directive concerning the recycling of electrical and electronic products.

  • Energy Efficiency (ErP Directive 2009/125/EC)– TÜV SÜD supports manufacturers in achieving energy efficiency, reducing the amount of energy required to provide products and services.

  • Packaging and packaging waste (Directive 94/62/EC) – We support manufacturers with this Directive, which deals with the problems of packaging waste and the currently permitted heavy metal content in packaging.

  • Corporate Social Responsibilities Audit – TÜV SÜD conducts audits on companies for compliance with the SA8000, Business Social Compliance Initiative, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, SEDEX and Code of Conduct audits. 

WHY CHOOSE TÜV SÜD?

When it comes to environmental and sustainability services, there are several reasons to choose TÜV SÜD:

  • Expertise: TÜV SÜD is an expert partner in environmental services, helping you fulfil your environmental commitments to international standards. We have qualified sustainability experts who can apply sustainability concepts to your specific business requirements.
  • Holistic Approach: We offer a holistic portfolio of services to fulfil your commitment to employees, customers, and the environment. We provide sustainability management services to help your organisation meet environmental and social commitments.
  • Real-World Assessment: TÜV SÜD's environmental testing services assess how your product performs under real-world conditions, helping you understand its impact on the environment. We also help assess the actual effect of new corporate social and environmental responsibility practices.
  • UN SDG Mapping: We offer sustainability services that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We can help you map your sustainability initiatives to these global goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What are the factors of sustainability?

    The six factors of sustainability are:

    • Technology: Using technology to create sustainable solutions and reduce environmental impact.
    • People: The role of individuals and communities in promoting sustainable practices and creating a sustainable future.
    • Ethics: The moral principles and values that guide decision-making in sustainability.
    • Economics: The financial considerations of sustainability, including the cost of sustainable practices and the economic benefits of sustainability.
    • Environment: The impact of human activity on the natural environment and the need to protect and preserve natural resources.
    • Policy: The role of government and other organizations in promoting sustainable practices and creating policies that support sustainability.

    While these factors are not universally agreed upon, they provide a useful framework for understanding the different aspects of sustainability and the challenges involved in creating a sustainable future.

  • What are the 4 functions of environmental sustainability?

    The four functions of environmental sustainability are:

    • Environmental Protection: This involves protecting natural resources and ecosystems to ensure long-term viability.
    • Social Responsibility: This involves ensuring that the needs of society are met in a fair and equitable manner, including the needs of future generations.
    • Economic Viability: This involves ensuring that economic growth and development are sustainable and do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
    • Cultural Preservation: This involves preserving cultural heritage and diversity, as well as promoting cultural exchange and understanding.

    These four functions are interconnected and interdependent and must be balanced to achieve true sustainability.

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