Definition and elements of an environmental management system (EMS)
An environmental management system (EMS) is an integral part of the entire management system. Taking into account environmental aspects and the resulting environmental effects in all activities of a company, the aim is to continuously avoid environmental pollution. The EMS regulates the organisational structure, responsibilities, behaviour, procedures, procedures and means for defining and implementing the environmental policy.
Requirements for an environmental management system (EMS)
- The management must adopt an environmental policy with the requirement of continuous improvement.
- the identification and evaluation of environmental aspects and their effects
- to present and minimise the significant environmental aspects of the company as a result
- the adoption of environmental objectives and programmes
- the obligation to comply with environmental legislation
- the definition of a structure, a system and the necessary means to achieve the defined objectives
- if necessary, publication of the environmental performance achieved (environmental report/environmental statement)
- Regular environmental audits and audits to assess the impact of the EMS.
Benefits of an environmental management system
- Creation of legal certainty
- Optimisation of energy use, reduction of disposal costs and optimisation of resource use
- Minimizing environmental damage and making it calculable through emergency and precautionary measures
- Technological innovation through the use of environmentally friendly materials
- Motivation of employees
- better cooperation with the authorities
- Fulfilment of customer requirements (e.g. automotive industry)
- Transparency towards banks (Basel II) and insurance companies
- Reduction of insurance premiums
- Basis for a risk management system
Validation and certification of an environmental management system
Environmental management is certified in accordance with the standards:
- according to EMAS III (Environmental Management and Audit Scheme, Area of validity Europe)
- according to DIN EN ISO 14001 (Scope of validity worldwide)
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