APN NZ, TRN and GrabOne, are unifying under one overarching banner, NZME - New Zealand Media and Entertainment. Founding member APN Print embarked on an environmental journey to ensure that what we put back into our environment or our use of natural resources is controlled, monitored and minimized.
- Enviro-Mark Gold certified
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All APN Print sites had processes in place to deal with waste, solvents etc but there were no formal process or documentation. Enviro-mark provided this and as such all APN Print sites are Gold accredited and looking to go to Platinum and Diamond. APN Prints environment story is one that we as a group of companies can be proud off not only for our businesses but also our staff as we ensure that what we put back into our environment or our use of natural resources is controlled, monitored and minimized.
APN Print is one of the largest printers in New Zealand. Part of APN News and Media, the Australasian media organisation, the print division has four New Zealand sites that are taking part in the Enviro-Mark® programme. Auckland based APN Print Ellerslie currently has Enviro-Mark Gold certification as do Tauranga, Wanganui and Hastings. APN Print General Manager, Dan Blackbourn talks about their EMS journey.
What has been the key to the success of your environmental management system?
A key to our success is that the processes we had in place prior to joining Enviro-Mark put us in a good position to progress to certified recognition of what we are controlling and putting back into our environment. We are striving to ensure we are doing everything within our power to minimise the effect we have on the environment.
What has been the most challenging aspect?
Not knowing what was to come as we embarked on the process would have been the most challenging aspect. It was quite daunting at the start knowing what we wanted to achieve but not really knowing where the journey would lead us. With the Enviro-Mark approach, the process has been easier than we anticipated.
What advice would you give to anyone else starting out on the EMS journey?
You need to start now! Legislation in some form or another will dictate that manufacturing plants are certified when it comes to anything being put back into the environment that could be harmful in one way or another. It is better to take the initiative and work in your own time to get a credible environmental management system in place, rather than wait and then have dramatic change forced upon you.
How has the Enviro-Mark programme assisted?
Enviro-Mark has been a great help. The process highlighted some areas where our plants had to improve or tighten up process. Without the knowledge of Enviro-Mark staff we would have continued the way we were doing things hoping they were right.
What value does Enviro-Mark certification provide APN Print?
We are able to show our clients that we are taking our environmental policies and commitment to the environment seriously. It is also good to show our staff that the process of what we do does not just end when they have completed their work but is ongoing. This will assist in providing a cleaner and greener environment for their next generations.
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Enviro-Mark Gold Certification
Enviro-Mark Gold certified organisations have developed and implemented a comprehensive plan to help them achieve their environmental policy goals. They are measuring their significant impacts and are actively managing them.
To achieve Enviro-Mark Gold certification, an organisation:
- Sets objectives and targets for driving improvement and has programmes in place to meet those targets;
- Develops, implements and tests environmental emergency plans;
- Identifies and evaluates their significant environmental issues arising from activities, products and services;
- Actively monitors their ongoing compliance with New Zealand legislation and ensures they are aware of any changes to obligations;
- Produces an environmental policy statement;
- Understands the scope of their EMS (i.e., are there any parts of the organisation that need to be excluded from the EMS and why);
- Exhibits no non-compliances with New Zealand’s applicable health and safety and environmental legislation.