Reducing Your Carbon Footprint – ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.
Part of the ISO 14000 family of standards on environmental management, ISO 14001 is a standard that organizations can certify to. Integrating it with other management systems standards, most commonly ISO 9001, can further assist in accomplishing organizational goals.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defines an environmental management system as “part of the management system used to manage environmental aspects, fulfill compliance obligations, and address risks and opportunities.” The framework in the ISO 14001 standard can be used within a plan-do-check-act P.D.C.A approach to continuous improvement.

Carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by your organisation, event or product

Footprint considers greenhouse gases as described in the Kyoto Protocol:

CO2 carbon dioxide, which is the most commonly known and referenced, generated by the majority of activities. However, there are also other greenhouse gasses such as:

  • CH4 Methane
  • N2O Nitrous oxide
  • HFC’s Hydrofluorocarbons
  • PEC’s Perfluorocarbons
  • SF6 Sulphur hexafluoride

A carbon footprint is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). The carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) allows the different greenhouse gases to be compared on a like-for-like basis relative to one unit of CO2. CO2e is calculated by multiplying the emissions of each of the six greenhouse gases by its 100 year global warming potential.

Carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 emissions from your activities. Your carbon footprint is measured in units, tonnes or kg of CO2. Our carbon footprint is mainly produced through burning fossil fuels for heating and transportation, but also in production and transport.

A carbon footprint is made up of two parts:

  1. your direct carbon footprint, the things you do directly like drive a car; and
  2. your indirect carbon footprint, things like the energy used in transporting goods or travelling to and from work.

The direct carbon footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels including energy consumption and transport. We have direct control of these. There are a number of schemes available to help you to offset your carbon footprint.

The indirect carbon footprint is a measure of the indirect CO2 emissions from the whole lifecycle of products we use – these are generally associated with manufacture and eventual disposal.

How can we help?

At GCF Genesis Capital Group Corporation we have a number of experienced consultants that can assist you to scope, measure, monitor and reduce your carbon footprint, increase sustainability and resource efficiency. Our consultants have access to the latest carbon calculations through C.E.A.R.

Measuring your carbon footprint is the first step towards reducing the amount of carbon generated form activities and is closely linked to cost savings. Measuring your carbon footprint can also help towards meeting objectives in an Environmental Management System (EMS) such as ISO 14001.

Our consultants can help you to achieve this standard and certification to demonstrate to your customers and stakeholders that you are acting in a responsible manner.

What is ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health & Safety Management?

ISO 45001:2018 is a globally recognized occupational health and safety standard developed and published by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO). ISO developed this standard to help organizations to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create safer working conditions.

Health and Safety

At GCF Genesis Capital Group Corporation, we are committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment for our employees, contractors, customers and visitors on GCF premises and where impacted by our operations. We aim to be compliant with all applicable health and safety legal requirements, and that best practice health and safety management standards are implemented and maintained across the GCF Genesis Capital Group Corporation.

Everyone at GCF has a responsibility for helping to create a healthy and safe working environment. Employees are expected to take ownership of their safety and are encouraged and empowered to report any concerns.

Chief Operating Officers have overall responsibility for ensuring that the correct policies, procedures and safeguards are put into practice. This includes making sure that everyone in GCF has access to appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision.

GCF is committed to the effective delivery and continual improvement of our health and safety management system and will ensure that:

  • GCF develops a culture where all our people and stakeholders take responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and others
  • Appropriate resources will be provided to meet our health and safety commitments
  • GCF leaders, managers, employees and third parties are responsible for ensuring they proactively identify, manage and eliminate hazards and reduce risks in the workplace
  • All health and safety risks will be assessed, managed, recorded, monitored and reported according to the GCF Operational Risk Management Framework and 10 key controls for Workplace Safety
  • Appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision will be provided to employees and contractors
  • GCF is committed to consultation and participation on health and safety matters with employees, third parties (and their representatives)
  • Employees can raise safety issues and concerns through their line managers
  • Non-GCF employees can raise safety issues and concerns either with their line manager, the GCF office or manager, or any GCF employee
  • Health and safety performance goals will be set and met annually to promote continuous improvement
  • GCF will provide an effective OHS management system that drives continual review and improvement, in accordance with ISO 45001

Putting our commitment into practice

We delivered a range of programmes in 2020 to help us understand and manage effectively the risks we face and improve the Carbon Credit projects in which we operate:

  • We continued to deliver improvements in health and safety culture, through more than 2,000 hours of education and awareness programmes targeted at our areas of highest risk, which are construction and facilities management. This has helped to deliver continued reductions in the numbers of injuries
  • We developed and implemented an improved health and safety training and awareness programme for all employees globally, ensuring roles and responsibilities were clear and understood
  • We implemented improved systems and processes for hazard identification and remediation. We also updated our suite of management information dashboards to continually improve our awareness and management of our key risks
  • We continue to focus on enhancing the safety culture in our supply chain through in accordance with ISO 45001, building the awareness and capability to act and behave in the safest ways

How GCF Genesis Capital Group Corporation can help your company

  • Health & Safety Audits Onsite review & assessment of your systems, identifying key failings, risks and recommendations for improvement.  This includes auditing of your procedures, policy, risk assessment, documentation and training.
  • Health & Safety Courses – from awareness through specialist courses that can be delivered during carbon credit project construction.
  • Health & Safety Risk Assessments –  support with completion of risk assessments and provision of documentation.

What does ISO 9001 stand for?

ISO 9001 is the international standard for creating a Quality Management Systems (QMS), published by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization). The standard was most recently updated in 2015, and it is referred to as ISO 9001:2015. In order to be released and updated, ISO 9001 had to be agreed upon by a majority of member countries so that it would become an internationally recognized standard, which means it is accepted by a majority of countries worldwide.

What are quality management systems? An ISO 9001 definition would be that this standard provides the QMS requirements to be implemented for a company that wants to create all of the policies, processes, and procedures necessary to provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory needs and improve customer satisfaction. Quality management systems are the foundation of quality assurance activities.

GCF Genesis Capital Group Corporation operates a corporate Quality Management System (QMS) that is certified to ISO 9001:2015

This internationally recognised standard ensures that our QMS is world class and available on request.

Our ISO9001 certification demonstrates our ability to provide products that meet all regulatory and customer requirements and verifies our demonstrated commitment to continual improvement and effective customer focus.

The Scope of Certification is as follows:

  • Investment Management & Green Initiatives across the world

What are the requirements of ISO 9001?

The ISO 9001 standard is divided into 5 different sections:

  1. Quality Management System
  2. Management Responsibility
  3. Resource Management
  4. Product Realisation
  5. Measurement, Analysis & Improvement

Benefits to Customers

Choosing In GCF ensures that, working within ISO 9001 guidelines, we deliver continual improvement to each process through:

  • A dedicated quality policy
  • Continual planning
  • Consistent implementation and operation
  • Thorough measurement and evaluation; and
  • Regular management reviews

Through strict adherence to the principals of the ISO 9001 standards, In GCF has experienced improved workflow in each of our business units and operations.

Our employees have immediate access to standardised resources which ensure that we apply consistent business practices in everything we do. This provides greater efficiency in our business resulting in greater customer service and satisfaction to our valued customers.

Re-certification audit took place in May 2020 and we are pleased to announce that In GCF has successfully transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 standard. This audit confirmed that our processes and ongoing continuous improvement initiatives meet all the ISO certification requirements.

We are fully up-to-date with industry standards.

Accredited Verification Body

GCF Genesis Capital Group Corporation is accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to offer investments & green initiatives such as carbon offset project validation and certification.

To check this certificate status. Visit International Register of Quality Assessed Organizations (IRQAO) by inputting our company name or certificate number.

The Green Organisation

The Green Organisation headquartered in England began in 1994 and is an independent, non-political, non-profit environment group, dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

Corporate Commitment to the Environment

GCF Genesis Capital Group Corporation is certified to be an Accredited Gold Member of The Green Organisation ensuring that projects adhered to the highest levels of environmental integrity and delivered sustainable development benefits to local communities. Genesis Green Initiatives continues to represent the best that can be achieved in carbon markets, featuring:

  • The most stringent environmental and social safeguards
  • Local stakeholder consultation
  • Gender-sensitive project design
  • Multiple contributions to sustainable development
  • Higher environmental integrity due to the exclusion of project types with greater risks and negative impacts (e.g., fossil fuel switch or large hydropower projects that can threaten local wildlife)
  • Carbon Credit certification

All projects adhere to international standards

As a member of The Green Organisation, GCF uses ISO approved standards. We can provide you with carbon credits that adhere to international standard. Whether you want to achieve emissions reductions commitments quickly and efficiently, support projects in specific locations, or design brand-aligned project activities, we’ll find solutions that meet your needs and maximise the value of your sustainability programmes.