Environmental Management Systems – Your A – Z guide

BS 8555

The British Standard BS8555 (full title: Guide to the phased implementation of an environmental management system including the use of environmental performance evaluation) published in April 2003 encompasses the six phase achievement criteria utilized in the IEMA Acorn Scheme.

The standard links Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) and Environmental Performance Evaluation (ISO 14031), provides for focused training, auditing and implementation at each level and supports relationships between suppliers and customers.

BS8555 describes how to implement a generic EMS and can be used as a route towards ISO14001 and EMAS. The standard’s inclusion of ISO 14031 allows the development of tasks focussing on indicators that add value and are driven by company needs e.g. Turnover, competitive advantage, views of interested parties.

The environmental performance focus of BS8555 is valuable within the supply chain and concentrates on:

  • Delivery of measurable benefits for participants
  • Delivery of performance data for internal/external reporting
  • Maximum credibility and competitive advantage

Click on the boxes below for more detailed information about each phase.

Phase One Phase Two Phase Three Phase Four Phase Five Phase Six

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