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Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for Business by EPA
Environmental Management System (EMS) practices help business managers reduce environmental impacts and increase operating efficiency.
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. This Web site provides information and resources related to EMS for businesses, associations, the public, and state and federal agencies.
An Environmental Management Plan allows an organization to systematically manage its environmental and health safety matters.
Benefits of an Environmental Management Plan to Business
EMS can result in both business and environmental benefits. For example, an EMS may help you:
EPA's Environmental Management Plan website provides an overview of how to develop an EMS and why organizations should develop and EMS.
- Improve environmental performance
- Enhance compliance
- Prevent pollution and conserve resources
- Reduce/mitigate risks
- Attract new customers and markets (or at least retain access to customers and markets with EMS requirements)
- Increase efficiency
- Reduce costs
- Enhance employee morale and possibly enhance recruitment of new employees
- Enhance image with public, regulators, lenders, investors
- Achieve/improve employee awareness of environmental issues and responsibilities
- Qualify for recognition/incentive programs such as the EPA Performance Track Program.
Environmental Management Plan Strategy
Most EMS are built on the "Plan, Do, Check, Act" model. This model leads to continual improvement based upon:
Planning, including identifying environmental aspects and establishing goals
Implementing, including training and operational controls
Checking, including monitoring and corrective action
Reviewing, including progress reviews and acting to make needed changes to the EMS.
EPA Environmental Management Plan Resource Center
Edited by Carolyn Allen