Guide

Plan and set up your environmental management system (EMS)

Introduction

An increasing number of businesses are investing in an environmental management system (EMS). An EMS will help your business cut costs, comply with environmental legislation, reduce risks and improve its reputation.

It does this by providing a framework to monitor, manage and improve your business' environmental performance. Although an EMS can be self-certified, many businesses prefer to follow a formal EMS standard such as ISO 14001 - as this is more likely to be recognised by regulators, investors and customers. Smaller businesses may prefer to follow BS 8555 using the United Kingdom Accreditation Service accredited Acorn, Green Ticks or Seren schemes.

This guide is the first of three with detailed information to help your business implement an EMS. It focuses on planning and setting up an EMS - including getting management commitment and reviewing environmental performance. You will find advice on setting objectives and targets to measure and manage the most significant environmental aspects and impacts.