Compliance Management

Advancing HSE Standards in the GCC

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is one of the fastest developing regions in the world. Member states include The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. While the benefits of economic development are tangible, there are potential social and environmental costs of such rapid change.  Regulatory measures, with particular respect to Health, …

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Benefits of Certification

International Standards are strategic tools that can address many of the problems faced by companies in our globalised world. Certification to ISO standards can positively impact a company’s bottom line, improving the efficiency of company operations. They allow access to more customers and additional markets, while also improving customer satisfaction and reducing environmental impact. Cost …

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Implementing Change after ESOS

At the end of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) extended deadline on January 29th 2016, less than 60% of the circa. 10,000 ESOS-eligible businesses in the UK were compliant with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations (2014 No. 1643). The Environment Agency had received 5,948 notifications of compliance and 1,000 notifications of intent to …

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How Will the Paris Agreement Impact Climate Change?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that it is more than 90% probable that Greenhouse Gas (GHGs), such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide produced by human activity, have caused much of the observed increase in the earth’s temperature over the past 50 years. Evidence of the increased surface temperatures can …

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New Targets for the EU’s Circular Economy Package

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package which includes revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy. The circular economy is a generic term for an industry economy that is producing no waste and pollution in which material flows are of two types, biological nutrients designed to …

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The ESOS Deadline is Fast Approaching for the UK

In the UK, around 120 business have notified the Environment Agency that they are fully compliant with the new energy efficiency regulations. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 businesses in the UK fall under the government’s ESOS scheme with which they need to comply. Any business that has not completed an audit by the 5th …

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Infographic: Surge in Growth of ISO Certificates in France and Germany

At the end of 2014, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) released a survey outlining the growth in the uptake of ISO Standards. The figures released by the ISO late last year showed a 4% increase in the uptake of ISO Standards globally, with a total of 1,564,448 certificates issued in 2013. We have previously blogged …

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