Ingredients of Eco-Management Systems

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This page provides a summary of the elements included within an environmental management system, and provides links to many other environmentally oriented pages.

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The Environmental Management System Standards

There is great similarity between the environmental management system standards applied on an International, European, and National basis. For example ISO14001, EMAS and BS7750.

All of these standards have a similar set of ingredients:-

An objective understanding of environmental aspects and their impacts.

The need for an environmental policy, clarifying the environmental principles promoted by the company.

Objective and Targets defining the environmental goals and the path towards achieving them.

An environmental management system or programme, defining how the objectives and targets are to be realised.

Internal Audits of the environmental management system to ensure effectiveness and compliance.

Management Review of the system to ensure that it continues to be suitable and effective for the organisation and its aims.

For EMAS however there are a number of further requirements, including the preparation of a publicly available environmental statement based on the preparatory review, and regular updates to the statement confirming the performance of the organization. The other primary requirement is that the environmental statement is externally validated by an accredited EMAS verifier.

It is true that a company complying with ISO14001 or BS7750 will already meet the majority of requirements of EMAS and will therefore not need further expenditure on verification of these aspects as part of an EMAS application.

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