An Environment Management System (EMS) is a tool for managing the impacts of an organisation's activities on the environment. It provides a structured approach to planning and implementing environment protection measures.
Like a financial management system monitors expenditure and income and enables regular checks of a company's financial performance, an EMS monitors environmental performance. An EMS integrates environmental management into a company's daily operations, long term planning and other quality management systems.
Components of EMS
The most important component of an EMS is organisational commitment. For an effective EMS to be developed and implemented, you need commitment from the very top of the organisation, as well as all staff. Further examples of components that should be considered when developing an EMS are:
Environmental Impact Identification
Objectives and Targets
Operational and Emergency Procedures
Environmental Management Plan
Responsibilities and Reporting Structure:
Review Audits and Monitoring Compliance
Benefits of an EMS
An EMS can assist a company in the following ways:
•minimise environmental liabilities;
•maximize the efficient use of resources;
•demonstrate a good corporate image;
•build awareness of environmental concern among employees;
•gain a better understanding of the environmental impacts of business activities; and
•increase profit, improving environmental performance, through more efficient operations.
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