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An introduction to environmental management systems: A case study on preparation for an ISO14001 certificate at FLIR Systems
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to increased environmental awareness in society and the green megatrend in the industry, FLIR Systems AB in Täby is now considering implementing an ISO14001 certification for their environmental management system. The aim with this master thesis is to prepare FLIR in Täby for this certification. In order to achieve this aim, a GAP analysis has been performed where recommendations has been given for closing the GAP. Further, the environmental aspects the organization deals with has been identified and documented and the benefits with an environmental management system been investigated. The methods for conducting this thesis are through interviews, literature research and GAP-analysis between the company and the international standard.

The significant environmental aspects that have been identified are:

• Energy consumption

• Chemicals

• Human Resources

• Procurement

• Transportation

• Waste

The GAP analysis shows that there are obvious GAPs due to the fact that an environmental management system has not been in place before. However, ISO14001 shows in much great similarities with ISO9001 which the company can benefit from, as they already have a quality management system. The literature study shows that organizations that have implemented an environmental management system make both short and long term benefits in terms of reduction of operational costs as well as top line benefits such as premium pricing and differentiated products.This thesis has addressed the important issues the company needs to consider from the authors point of view. A re-evaluation or verification of the results may be needed to ensure that the information in this report is reliable. The organization needs to fully understand the international standard, what is expected and what can be retrieved from a certification in order to not misinterpret the outcome.

Abstract [sv]

FLIR Systems AB beläget i Täby har på grund av ökad miljömedvetenhet i samhället och industrin initierat ett arbete för att implementera ett miljöledningssystem som är certifierat mot ISO14001. Syftet med denna masteruppsats är att förbereda företaget inför denna standard. För att uppnå syftet har en GAP analys genomförts och rekommendationer givits för att stänga det uppvisade gapet. Vidare har miljöaspekterna inom företaget identifierat och dokumenterats och nyttan med ett miljöledningssystem undersökts.

De signifikanta miljöaspekter som har identifierats är:

• Energiförbrukning

• Kemikalier

• HR - De anställda

• Upphandlingar och inköp

• Transporter

• Avfall

Den genomförda GAP analysen visar att det finns uppenbara GAP, främst på grund av att ett miljöledningssystem ej tidigare har funnits. Dock uppvisar ISO14001 stundtals stora likheter med ISO9001 vilket företaget kan dra nytta av då de sedan tidigare är certifierad mot denna. Den litteraturstudie som har genomförts visar på att företag med miljöledningssystem uppvisar både kort- och långsiktiga. Detta examensarbete har adresserat de viktigaste frågorna som företaget behöver ha i åtanke utifrån författarnas perspektiv. En utvärdering eller verifiering av resultaten kan därför behövas för att säkerställa att informationen i denna rapport är relevant. Organisationen behöver fullt förstå standardens innebörd och dess förväntade leverans för att inte misstolka resultatet av en certifiering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 101 p.
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Degree Project in Production Engineering Management, Second Level, 673
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-189430OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-189430DiVA: diva2:945970
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Available from: 2016-07-04 Created: 2016-07-04 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved

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