Environmental Management Systems
Why should a business consider running an Environmental Management System?
Historically environmental issues have been seen by businesses as being legal compliance issues. However, these days businesses are recognising that environmental issues are no longer merely an issue of legal compliance and that they need to be managed. Environmental management not only makes sense for the environment, but it can also improve a businesses.
- Bottom line
- Carbon footprint
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Business continuity
What is an EMS?
An EMS gives a business a structured tool with which it can manage all of its environmental impacts including:
- Resource use e.g. energy and water
- Supply chain
- Legal compliance e.g. discharge consents/emissions
- Waste management
How do you go about setting up an EMS?
Businesses of any size in whatever market can set up an EMS. When establishing an EMS it is important that there is senior management commitment to continually improving environmental performance. Senior management commitment can often be achieved through developing an environmental policy for the business.
Wrap offers good advice for setting up an EMS.
Once a business has set up an EMS it can be accredited to various national and international standards which are verified by the external audit process. Three of the most widely recognised are:
Gaining an independent accreditation can help your business win custom, benchmark performance and gain media exposure. There are plenty of options available, depending on the type of business and what you want the accreditation to say about your work. Some that other local businesses have found useful include: