Environmental Management Systems


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An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency.

What is an EMS?

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a framework that helps a company achieve its environmental goals through consistent control of its operations. The assumption is that this increased control will improve the environmental performance of the company. The EMS itself does not dictate a level of environmental performance that must be achieved; each company’s EMS is tailored to the company’s business and goals.


Essential Elements of an ISO 14001 Compliant EMS:

  1. Commitment and Policy
  2. Planning
  3. Implementation
  4. Evaluation
  5. Review

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