Environmental Management Systems (EMS) involve a set of processes and practices that enable an organisation to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. A well-designed EMS can help an organisation address its regulatory demands in a systematic manner thereby reducing the risk of noncompliance. An EMS can also help address non-regulated issues such as pollution prevention, odour management, water usage and energy conservation.
In this course participants will learn about EMS and how it can benefit their organisation. Through the use of a Case Study and information they bring about their own company participants will leave with a draft EMS for their organisation. It will include organisational Environmental Aspect and Impacts and Objectives and Targets for their organisations significant environmental impacts.
WHAT STUDENTS LEARN
- Define what an Environmental Management System (EMS) is and the benefits of establishing one in your organisation
- Understand ‘greenwashing’ and ways that there organisation can avoid ‘greenwashing’
- Know the six KPI areas as defined by the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)
- Know the steps necessary to develop an EMS
- Be able to determine the Environmental Impacts and Aspects within an organisation
- Understand and apply an Environmental Significance standard to organisational Environmental Impacts
- Set Objectives and Targets for significant organisational environmental impacts
WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED
- Environmental Management
- Developing an EMS
- Environmental Aspects and Impacts
- Environmental Significance
- Objectives and Targets
This session will show your students what an EMS involves, considers three types of EMS’s, and allows them to explore why companies develop their own EMS’s.
Developing an EMS
Here, your students will be led through the step-by-step process for developing an organisational EMS.
Environmental Aspects and Impacts
Students are shown in this session how to determine the environmental aspects and impacts of your organisation.
This session will allow students to use an Environmental Significance Standard to continue to explore aspects of significance from the previous session.
Objectives and Targets
This session follows up on the previous ones and leads students to determine reasonable Objectives and Targets for the aspects identified earlier.
At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.