Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
An environmental management system (EMS) is similar to other management systems, such as those that manage quality or safety. It assesses your business' strengths and weaknesses and helps you identify and manage environmental risks and opportunities. It can also save you money by increasing efficiency, it ensures you comply with environmental legislation and provides a framework for continual improvement.
Adopting an EMS does not mean that everyone in your company has to stop driving or you have to set ambitious targets for energy reduction. It is about understanding how your organisation impacts on the environment and those living or working nearby. Both can be affected by your activities, such as by noise, emissions or waste production.
An EMS also helps you to identify how environmental issues may in turn affect your business e.g. availability of resources or flood risk.
An EMS then enables a systematic approach to manage these aspects in order to reduce environmental risk. This will help you plan for the future. You can then set realistic objectives each year for improving your organisation's environmental performance and sustainability.
An EMS can also help you manage your resources, and improves the reliability and credibility of your environmental policy. You can prove to customers that you are committed to meeting your environmental responsibilities by getting your EMS certified, such as through ISO 14001, BS 8555 or the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
Reporting your environmental performance may in some cases be a legal requirement, or you could undertake it to provide clients and customers with information regarding your green credentials.
This guide provides an introduction to Environmental Management Systems and environmental reporting.
Introduction - What is an EMS?
Stay informed: Coronavirus (COVID-19), In this challenging time, NetRegs’ running organisations the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have created information websites to keep you informed on the current situation....
NetRegs: Supporting businesses across Scotland and Northern Ireland, Businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland have a huge role to play in helping to deliver world-leading climate change action, not only by ensuring environmental compliance, which is non-negotiable, but going beyond compliance to achieve a low carbon and circular economy.
View our latest videos & subscribe to our channel.