Environmental Management Systems – Your A – Z guide

Benefits of Recognised EMS

Recognition of EMS can be achieved through accredited certification to one (or more) of the main standards /schemes available. The three most recognised standards are the EMAS Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, ISO14001 and BS8555. These standards are complementary and well established and certification can offer significant benefits including:

  • Confidence that your EMS meets requirements
  • Third party / independent view - giving increased assurance on approach
  • Helps to demonstrate responsibility to shareholders, public, regulators, customers and clients
  • Potential specific benefits with the Environment Agency (under Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control)

The UK Government has publicly supported the use of accredited EMS Certification stating;

  1. Organisations should use a robust and credible EMS that is appropriate for improving their environmental and financial performance.
  2. Organisations implementing an EMS should use a national or international standard or scheme
  3. An EMS should be audited by an independent certifier accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
  4. An EMS should help improve environmental and financial performance through the supply chain.
  5. An EMS that demonstrates good management of legislative compliance should be used to help achieve regulatory benefits such as reduced fees and charges.