Building Sustainability Assessment

Assessment & Audit

What gets measured, gets managed
Peter Drucker

Environmental Auditing is becoming part of the business landscape. Our focus on real estate and property allows us to deliver sustainability audits that are relevant to a single site or property, or for a portfolio of properties under management, be they investment properties or occupational property assets. We can also carry out an organisational audit for sustainability and deliver against the criteria contained within ISO 14001 or the European Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Types of audit

Equitis offers clients three levels of audit, each with a deliverable in the form of a fully referenced report that includes statements of methodology and assumptions. An audit enables informed decisions to be made about managing environmental impacts.

Basic audit

Impacts covered are:

  • Energy use
  • Carbon dioxide emissions (carbon footprint)
  • Solid waste
  • Water consumption

Intermediate audit

Impacts covered in addition to the basic audit:

  • Transport and travel (commuting and business)
  • Procurement (for example, raw materials, food and office consumables)
  • Environmental policy and practices

Baseline review

This is the most comprehensive audit and it is compliant with ISO 14001 standards. Standards compliance makes this the most appropriate method of reporting to external stakeholders, and provides the starting point for developing an an environmental management system (EMS).

A Baseline Review provides the following:

  1. An audit of all principle environmental impacts over which the organisation has control or influence
  2. A gap analysis of the changes required to improve the organisation’s existing environmental management procedures.
  3. A Legal Compliance Register listing all regulations applicable to the organisation’s significant environmental impacts.
  4. An Environmental Aspects Register listing the organisation’s environmental aspects cross-referenced with the Legal Compliance Register. The Environmental Aspects Register uses a significance rating or score so that your organisation can determine which environmental aspects are significant and therefore must be managed to meet the chosen standard.
  5. Written procedures detailing how your organisation ensures that its Legal Compliance Register and Environmental Aspects Register are relevant and maintained, and how the assessment of the significance of the Environmental Aspects is carried out.

To discover how an environmental audit from Equitis can help your clients, or your own organisation reduce its environmental impact, call Mark Ward on 0208 351 2001, or email mark.ward@equitis.com

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