Incatema Consulting reduces plastic in the office
21 January, 2020
Incatema Consulting & Engineering has decided to take a step forward in its Corporate Social Responsibility commitment by reducing the use of plastic cups at its central offices in Madrid. Given the current problems generated by the poor use of plastic, a factor responsible for one of the major global contamination problems, we seek to improve the environment through this measure which involves plastic cups practically disappearing from the drinking water fountains in our offices.
This initiative forms part of Incatema Consulting’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) actions, in the context of ISO Standard ISO 14001, intended to promote environmental protection through internal measures. According to the latest report of Plastics-the Facts 2019, in 2018 the world produced 359 million tonnes of plastics, 3.16% more than in 2017.
The contamination of marine ecosystems is a reality that scientists have been denouncing for years, with plastics representing between 80 and 85% of the objects found among sea waste on the beaches of Europe. Every year, more than eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the sea, polluting the habitats of thousands of species.
In the words of Juan Carlos Astorga, compliance director of Incatema Consulting & Engineering “through this initiative we are taking a step forward in the defence of the environment, joining the efforts of the UN to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans by 2025, as the agent of numerous environmental and economic impacts”.
ISO Standard 14001
The ISO 14001 Standard (UNE EN ISO 14001 in Spain) emerged in response to global concern for the environment and the proliferation of regional environmental regulations. In this context, the need arose for a universal indicator that would assess an organisation’s efforts to achieve a reliable and adequate environmental protection.
We switch printers to save on paper and toner
As part of our environmental concern, we have implemented paper saving and recycling measures. In addition to using recycled paper and limiting the amount of paper we use, we have changed the office printers so as to work more efficiently.
Our new printers will provide significant savings on toner “which is still recyclable waste”, points out Astorga. These printers are connected to each other, so documents are sent to a cloud and placed in a single queue for the entire office. This way, it is not possible to send duplicated printing orders.