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ISO Green Audit

The Green Audit serves as a vital component in aligning with Sustainable Development (SD) Goals across various industries, organizations, and institutions. When applied in academic and research settings, it plays a multifaceted role in enhancing the quality of both academic pursuits and research endeavours. By adhering to environmental quality benchmarks that reflect international standards, the Green Audit not only ensures compliance but also fosters a proactive approach towards sustainable practices. Through meticulous assessment and subsequent implementation of eco-friendly measures, institutions can effectively reduce their ecological footprint, thereby cultivating a conducive learning and research environment that aligns with global sustainability imperatives.

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Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda, powered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), goals encompass a broad view of development, spanning environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The SDGs serve as a compass for nations, institutions, and civil society to navigate their journey towards lasting peace and prosperity for both people and the planet. In this monumental task, every individual and organization has a role to play. Among them, higher education institutions (HEIs) occupy a unique and pivotal position.

  • Firstly, HEIs have a primary mission to educate and train the future leaders, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to sustainable societies.
  • Secondly, HEIs undertake a significant and innovative role in research, generating cutting-edge knowledge and technology that can drive societal progress.
  • Thirdly, HEIs directly benefit communities by sharing their knowledge and technology and forging alliances with other stakeholders in the Quadruple Helix, which includes governments, industry, and societal groups.

UN SDGs and ISO standards

The UN-SD goals, an ambitious action plan to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the planet is recognized globally as essential for the future sustainability of our world. To be successful, the process requires consensus, collaboration and innovation. ISO has published more than 22000 International Standards and related documents that represent globally recognized guidelines and frameworks based on international collaboration. Built around consensus, they provide a solid base on which innovation can thrive and are essential tools to help governments, industry and consumers contribute to the achievement of every one of the SDGs. ISO standards support the three pillars of sustainable development: Economic, social and environmental.

Environment Management Systems ISO 14001:2015
Waste Management Systems
Biodiversity Audit (including ISO/TC 331 directives)
Energy Management Systems ISO 50001:2018
Water efficiency management systems ISO 46001:2019
Water footprint verification ISO 14046:2014
Carbon Footprint ISO 14067:2018
Green Audit as per ISO standards for College, University and Research institutions in India

In a transformative directive, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India's foremost accreditation body for colleges and universities, has recently issued an advisory (F.No.1429/2022 dtd. 267.05.2022) urging academic institutions to embark on a journey of sustainability. This imperative calls for a one-time green audit, a fundamental step towards achieving ISO 9001 Green Audit certification, which further necessitates accreditation from ISO 17020 certified inspection bodies. Green Audits are not merely an obligation for NAAC accreditation; they are in alignment with the broader canvas of Sustainable Development Goals.

TIES- Premier research organisation as accreditation body

Holding the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 accreditation, TIES is now the inspection body with ISO 17020:2012, the accredited agency in South India dedicated to conducting Green Audits in academic and research institutions. The facets of ISO 17020 certification encompass comprehensive assessments, spanning practices, procedures, and services, aimed at discerning their adherence to established norms. TIES offer the following certifications for academic and research institutions in India through Green auditing.

TIES -ISO Green Audit Consultancy Division

Green audits based on ISO standards at academic and research institutions are a pioneering venture worldwide. The combination of these standards is being experimented with for the first time. Generally, academic and research institutions have less experience with ISO standards. Hence, the TIES-ISO Green Audit Consultancy Division offers free services in order to prepare institutions for such an audit process. This includes the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), training for internal auditors, preparation of a Manual of Documented Information, and final reports.

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