Petra König, Environmental Manager

"SHORT-TERM OBJECTIVES ARE INCREASING THE PACE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORK"

Summarise the environmental work 2017 – what was on the agenda?
One important aspect is that our digital management system for quality and environment is in place. It means that we now have a better picture of procedures and processes in the company. An enhanced overview and transparency provides new opportunities for efficiencies, but also contributes to clarification of roles and responsibilities – both in and between departments. 

Is this something you are especially pleased with?
I am pleased that the environmental work is now managed via a new staff function called Property & Legal. It enables us to address the environmental issues at an earlier stage in our projects and with new initiatives or investments. It makes us more effective, but should also produce savings. I am also pleased with our new digital system for reporting incidents and deviations, with the employees reporting observations via an app in their mobile phones. It provides a better overview as we are able to follow the issue all the way, for example, when the deviation is reported, who is responsible and the status of the
issue until it is remedied.

How does the environmental work contribute to strengthening CMP as a company?
The environmental work is important internally in terms of pride in CMP. Nobody wants to work in a company which pollutes or doesn’t take responsibility in some other way. This has also been noticed in the strategy work CMP has pursued during 2017. The environmental issues have come up on the agenda and it shows how important it is for our employees. Customers, suppliers and business partners also want to feel that they are collaborating with a company which takes the issues seriously and works systematically on its environmental impact. 

CMP reviewed its strategies in 2017 – where do the environmental issues come in?
They are visible in several places in the guidelines that have been produced. A central message is that we will promote what is called ”good businessmanship”, where the sustainability aspects are a clear point of departure. The strategy also emphasises that all business areas and staff functions must define at least two initiatives with the starting point in CMP’s environmental objectives. 

How are the environmental objectives realised? 

We have been working on a broad front for a long time with our environmental aspects, with the focus on seven areas (see page 24). 2017 is the first year that all departments have had their own short-term environmental objectives – in other words, based on CMP’s group-wide objectives. An evaluation of these short-term objectives is now being undertaken for the first time and it will be exciting to follow up. 

Can you give examples of concrete environmental initiatives?

We have received the go-ahead from the County Administrative Board in relation to the purification of surface water in Swede Harbour in Malmö. We have been working on this issue for a long time and it feels positive that we have now found a long-term solution. Put simply, it can be said that the surface water will be purified via a ditch in the immediate surroundings. We have also developed source separation. We now have the same procedures at the offices in Malmö and Copenhagen. In Copenhagen this also includes our canteen, where we will start to weigh left-over food in order to reduce waste. 
We have also continued to concentrate on electric power, both in our company cars and in parts of the machinery. 

What is in focus 2018?
We are going to produce a joint energy strategy, where we compile the major energy consumers and how we can become more efficient. We are also going to evaluate whether CMP will produce its own energy in the future, perhaps via solar or wind power. We will also be looking more closely at CMP’s environmental risks in 2018. It is a natural step now that all information about our processes is available in the quality and environmental management system. This will then enable us to discuss with each department what their risks are and how the new preventive work should be formulated. 

The work on digitalisation is proceeding, where we will digitalise the results from our analysis report and other documents which are compiled on an ongoing basis. This will make it simpler to conduct analyses and comparisons of this data. Reporting to the authorities will also be facilitated.

 

 

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