Environmental Management Systems
Implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) is a great first step for organisations seeking to demonstrate their commitment to reducing their environmental impact.
What is Environmental Management System ?
An EMS is a framework for an organisation to reduce its environmental impact. Implementing an EMS involves activities such as:
- Reviewing the organisation's environmental goals
- Analysing the organisation's environmental impact and legal requirements
- Setting targets and introducing processes to reduce environmental impact and comply with the required legislation
- Raising employee awareness
- Reviewing progress against targets and making continuous improvements
You can get your EMS certified to standards such as ISO 14001 and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Nearly 3,000 sites across the EC are now registered under EMAS and more than three times as many are certified to ISO 14001. The desire for a better public image appears to have been a primary motive for many companies to adopt an EMS and by publicising an EMS initiative a company's market position is often strengthened further.
What are the benefits ?
The benefits to be gained from implementing an EMS include:
- On-going cost savings
- Increased resource efficiency
- Improved environmental performance
- Additional marketing tool which can be used when bidding for tenders/new customers
- Competitive advantage over others in your industry who do not have an EMS
- Reduced risk of non-compliance and prosecution with environmental legislation