Treescape: an Enviro-Mark Diamond case study

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Treescape specialises in the cost effective maintenance of trees and vegetation, from tree pruning, tree removals, power line clearing, transplanting, land clearing, consultancy and restoration projects. Treescape pride ourselves in working safely, professionally and with integrity.



Why did your organisation decide to focus on its environmental management?

Lending a helping hand to save the kiwi.

Lending a helping hand to save the kiwi.

Treescape have a highly visible brand, seen in the community operating a fuel-hungry fleet of machinery that clears land and cuts down trees. The public don’t often see the pest eradication, planting and restoration projects we are also involved in every day.

We wanted to use the certification as a way of communicating our commitment to the environment, and use it as a vehicle to improve on our environmental management.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your environmental programme?

When integrated with our existing WSMP and triple ISO certifications, our Integrated Management System (IMS) becomes a very powerful platform from which to drive positive change. It ensures we are accountable with third party auditing, and has helped to raise awareness both internally and externally, of our actual and potential impact on the environment.

What has been the most challenging aspect of this?

Ensuring staff understand that old school habits cannot continue. A significant culture change through all levels of the business has occurred since our environmental programme began.

What are some of your (environmental management system) EMS achievements?

A standardised approach has been applied to all Treescape depots and yards, for fuel, DG management, and storage. Local managers now take a proactive role in managing their environmental compliance, such as the management of environmentally friendly truck washing procedures, container recycling programmes, and general waste management.

What advice would you give to other companies thinking of implementing an EMS?

Engage with the programme as much as possible to maximise the value of your EMS and your Enviro-Mark membership.

How has being a member of the Enviro-Mark programme assisted you?

Having that initial support and training as the programme was being established.

What value does Enviro-Mark certification have for your organisation?

It is a localised certification supported by Government, which helps to add credibility and demonstrates our commitment to the environment, especially when applying for tenders.

Where are you heading now with your environmental management efforts?

As we are at the highest level possible for all of our certifications, our next project is to move our system from our internal hard drive to an interactive and engaging software portal, based in the cloud. This will allow us even greater company-wide engagement and efficiencies.

“Enviro-Mark Diamond certification ensures we are accountable with third party auditing, and has helped to raise awareness both internally and externally, of our actual and potential impact on the environment.”
Anita Fleming, Compliance Coordinator, Treescape Limited

Foreman and crew.

Treescape's foreman and crew

Excavator at work.

Excavator at work.

Crew at work.

Treescape crew at work

For further information

Treescape
W: www.treescape.co.nz
P: 09 259 0572


Enviro-Mark Diamond logoEnviro-Mark Diamond Certification

Enviro-Mark Diamond certified organisations have all the components of an ISO 14001 system in place. They have internal systems to ensure that their plans and policies are followed and to identify any opportunities for change and improvement. They have top management involvement in managing the EMS and its continuing stability.

To achieve Enviro-Mark Diamond certification, an organisation:

  • Controls all important documentation to ensure only the most up to date versions are being used;
  • Has an internal EMS audit programme in operation, ensuring expected outcomes are occurring as planned;
  • Periodically has top management review the performance of the EMS;
  • Formalises the roles and responsibilities for people working for and on behalf of the organisation;
  • Communicates appropriately both internally and externally;
  • Ensures appropriate training is given to people working with the EMS;
  • Documents all procedures relating to managing the system (both system and operational procedures);
  • Has a good system for managing problems (non-conformities and opportunities for improvement);
  • 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.