The Benefits of EMS
Setting up and running an Environmental Management System (EMS) can provide significant benefits across a number of areas of your business.
Running an effective EMS will help you with:
- Better regulatory compliance - running an EMS will help ensure your environmental legal responsibilities are met and more easily managed on a day-to-day basis
- More effective use of resources - you will have policies and procedures in place that help you manage waste and resources more effectively and reduce costs
- Marketing - running an EMS will help you prove your business' credentials as an environmentally aware operation that has made a commitment to continual environmental improvement
- Finance - you may find it easier to raise investment from banks and other financial institutions, which are increasingly keen to see businesses controlling their environmental impact
- Increased sales opportunities - large businesses and government departments may only deal with businesses that have an EMS
- Lighter regulation - even if an EMS is not a regulatory requirement, by showing your commitment to environmental management, you may benefit through less frequent site visits or reduced fees from environmental regulators
Standards and EMS Certification
Gaining external certification of your EMS can give your business credibility with customers and stakeholders. Certification schemes include ISO 14001, BS 8555, the Seren Scheme and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). This can help you sell more effectively, particularly to government and environmentally aware customers.
You can self-certify your EMS, but many customers and suppliers require external certification before they will recognise it. External certification also offers your stakeholders reassurance as they can be sure that the information you provide has been independently checked and verified.
Also see more information in our Management Systems section.