What is the main purpose of Environmental Management Systems?
The purpose of an EMS is to provide an organisation with a means of improving sustainability, health and safety for workers and public, and to do so in a financially viable manner. The practical approach which an EMS supplies, reduces nonconformity from those responsible for implementing the adopted practises for improved sustainability. An EMS is able to tackle large-scale problems from the organisation’s energy supplier to smaller scale non-regulated issues such as installing time sensitive lighting, to improved practice in recycling. An EMS should incorporate the following basic elements
- Reviewing the organisation’s environmental goals;
- Analysing its environmental impacts and legal requirements;
- Setting goals to decrease impacts on the environment, complying with any possible legal requirements
- Forming drivers to meet these objectives
- Reviewing the organisation’s progress in achieving these objectives and improving the EMS wherever possible; and
- Confirming the competence and environmental awareness of all employees (IIED, n.d.)