Measuring and Improving our Environmental Impact

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We are committed to driving measurable improvements in our footprint. To ensure that we are on the right path, we follow industry best practices and continually measure our impact. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards help us meet our goals. 

In 2018, several H.B. Fuller facilities were recertified to ISO standards around environmental impact. ISO 14001 outlines criteria for environmental management systems and helps organizations monitor their environmental footprint. ISO 50001 provides an energy management framework to guide organizations as they more efficiently use energy, leading to cost savings and resource conservation.

The H.B. Fuller facility in Mindelo, Portugal, successfully completed the transition to ISO 14001:2015, after previously being certified under ISO 14001:2004. This standard recognizes that a holistic approach to environmental management helps organizations contribute to sustainable development, protect the environment, and realize financial and operational benefits. We are proud that our Mindelo site has been certified to this standard for the second time, and we intend to pursue certification at additional sites in 2019.

Our facilities in Lüneburg and Nienburg, Germany, were each recertified to ISO 50001:2011. The energy performance approach outlined in this standard relies on a systematic and data-driven process, which supports H.B. Fuller’s work to meet our energy intensity reduction target.

Andreas Rost, a project engineer supporting energy management in Lüneburg explained, “To comply with ISO 50001, we monitor our energy consumption, create action plans to achieve further reductions, and ensure that all employees understand the importance of saving energy.” The teams in Lüneburg and Nienburg have plans in place to continue reducing energy intensity in coming years, including improving cooling water systems, upgrading to LED lights, and installing additional condensate pump stations to reduce natural gas consumption.

We know that “what gets measured gets managed.” Our work to comply with ISO environmental impact standards guides our progress and supports our continual efforts to improve our impact.