The ISO 14001 process and requirements

Since 2011, all ECT sites have had ISO 14001 certification.

ECT's focus is on upcycling soil excavated from construction sites. ECT re-uses this soil to carry out environmental and non-built development projects. 

As a player in the 'circular economy' for excavated soil, ECT enquires into, invests in and innovates in support of its drive to respond to new environmental factors and objectives. 

Our projects develop respect for the regions. We design them to fit into the landscape. Usually, the aim of the development is to create or restore terrestrial ecological networks and natural environments that favour biodiversity. The way we do our work is considerate of the quality of life of local people.

Amongst other things, the ISO 14001 process looks at the business's 'value chain'.

This ISO 14001 process looks at all the external stakeholders we work with. On an everyday level, the environmental management system or EMS in the ISO 14001 standard concerns our workforce and the way they do their jobs:

  • The design of our land-use development projects
  • The traceability and delivery of the soil needed for the project, and how we put it to work 
  • The finalisation of new facilities and landscaping
  • The final handover of the development, integrating it into the region for the long term

The 2021 innovations for the system of environmental management

In 2021, ECT decided to incorporate into the EMS for ISO 14001 all the activities carried out, and commitments made, by the business in favour of the environment.

Promoting biodiversity right from the start of projects

In 2019, ECT and the association 'Humanité & Biodiversité' signed a charter of commitment to biodiversity. This commitment was further defined in 2020 with the drafting of a methodology. This makes it easy for ECT to incorporate the French voluntary environmental standard 'NF X32-001 Biodiversité' into its environmental management system. 

In place since January 2021, this French standard provides a method for carrying out projects. It calls for an approach that protects biodiversity. It establishes priorities, advancing the concept of the biodiversity footprint and involving suppliers and partners. 

Measuring our environmental impact so as to manage it better

ECT conducts a very extensive process of measurement of its environmental footprint. The objective is to set up a general index of environmental quality. A dozen indicators are now part of our ISO 14001 criteria.


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