Crafting an EMS against ISO 14001 standards enables the implementation of environmentally sustainable policies and objectives. Irvin Farm began implementing ISO 14001 in 2007 as part of an EMS which is tailored to the pace and capacity of our organisation. This commitment to implementing an EMS will allow a transparency in our relationships with stakeholders and environmental legislative policies the means by which judgments can be made on the appropriateness of our activities in our quest for sustainability. This quest requires commitments in the our environmental policy to comply with applicable legal requirements as well as other requirements or capitals to which the organization subscribes to the prevention of pollution and to continual improvement. This standard can apply to all types and sizes of organisation and to accommodate diverse geographical, cultural and social conditions. By crafting an EMS along ISO 14001 guidelines shows that although the business size is not significant the dedication to adopting the standard is vital in developing future relationships with regulators and creating future market opportunities through transparency.
Elimination of waste
"Is about whole of system design and the recognition that we are living beyond our means ecologically"! Turning resources into waste faster than waste can be turned back into resources puts us in global ecological overshoot, depleting the very resources on which human life and biodiversity depend.
In 2009 humanity by UN standards requires 1.3 planets to provide the resources we use to absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and four months to regenerate what we use in a year. This is ecological overshoot!
Global climate change is one of humanity's greatest challenges and one of the most important indicators that we are in ecological overshoot and have been since 1985. Since the carbon footprint is approximately 50 percent of humanity's overall Ecological Footprint, reducing our carbon footprint both individually and collectively is essential to ending ecological overshoot.
Our dedication to environmental sustainability is to adopted continuous improvement policies in our tools, knowledge and services to provide some of the possible means by which agriculture can begin reducing some of the wasteful effects of the present systems.