Step 2: Improve our environmental impacts

ISO 14001

What is the ISO 14001 standard?

ISO 14001 is an international standard for plants/factories that develop an Environmental Management System. It is a voluntary approach, which aims to assist companies in continually improving their environmental performance, whilst complying with any applicable legislation. Organizations are responsible for setting their own targets and performance measures, with the standard serving to assist them in meeting objectives and goals and the subsequent monitoring and measurement of these.

We could summarize this standard in 3 main targets:
  • minimize how the operations (processes etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land);
  • comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements;
  • continually improve in the above.

Are the Saint-Gobain Glass factories certified?

In 2010, 26 of the 30 sites in the perimeter concerned for Saint-Gobain Glass were certified, i.e. 87% (the objective being 80%). All Saint-Gobain Glass sites with a glassmaking furnace, manufacturing line producing mirrors, magnetron or pyrolyzed coated glass, lacquered or laminated glass are certified. The only exception is the Saint-Gobain Glass Egypt site which came on stream in 2010, but which is currently being certified. All new Saint-Gobain Glass sites must be certified according to the ISO 14001 standard within 3 years of starting up.

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