Cold Chon has always been exceptionally pro-active when it comes to their environmental performance and practices. Since 2001 we have been certified to the voluntary Environmental Management System (EMS) ISO 14001. As part of our EMS certification we undergo annual ISO 14001:2004 audits by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), which are always very positive.
Significant time and effort has gone into our waste management process with trends as follows: Recycling rate has gone to 85% , Skip waste is now only 11% of the total cardboard and paper recycling is over 3.5t p/a, packaging waste has reduced by 70% over the last 10 years.
Cold Chon has an IPPC license issued by the Environmental Protection agency since 1996, where in the last five years EPA audits we have been found to be fully compliant. Indeed in the most recent audit the EPA Auditor commented that "Environmental Management of this facility is of a high standard. The licensee is to be commended for the proactive approach that is taken to ensure license compliance and to create a general awareness amongst staff members of environmental issues"
Following an extensive review in 2007 we won the Galway Chamber of Commerce Environmental Award which was sponsored by Galway City Council, and were runner-up in 2009. This was a significant achievement considering the nature of the businesses and industry sectors we were up against in the final three.
The above highlights the company's commitment to the protection of the environment and ensure that Cold Chon delivers a positive impact on the environment through our everyday practices. As our ISO 14001 motto goes "If we don't look after the environment, no one else will".