The ultimate aim of introducing an Environmental Management System (EMS) is to ensure the whole life cycle of an organisation is considered in a systematic manner. However, the desire to achieve an EMS and the realism of the task is often daunting for many organisations because of cost, time and effort.
An alternative route is to take incremental steps in a way that is flexible. Each step can be built around a management cycle of plan-do-check-act at a pace that suits an organisation. A stepped approach will facilitate the identification and quantification of the environmental aspects and impacts, and put measures in place to continually improve the internal and external environmental performance of an organisation. Taking this approach will enable an organisation to spread cost, time and effort. It can also help characterise the direct and indirect benefits as well as achieving real environmental and economic savings. Environmental savings may be in the form of water, waste, materials, carbon, energy, procurement, transport, reduced environmental risks and operational management, and, compliance obligations. Economic savings may be achieved through better management of resources, improved operational efficiencies, reduced risks and liabilities, and, other tangible costs.
Whichever approach is taken, an EMS requires active engagement (communication) from senior management, employees and stakeholders. Communication is key throughout the process where all involved need to effectively demonstrate commitment and responsibility. Key point – EMS systems are increasingly a pre-requisite for doing business and will help demonstrate business compliance with supply chain requirements.
Whatever pace is chosen – fast or slow, Credibly Green can help organisations achieve and implement an EMS (e.g. ISO 14001) ensuring Commitment, Continuity and Continual improvement (WRAP, 2015).
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