Environmental Management Systems - An easy guide to saving money




J Churchman-Davies and R Kent

These are the notes from a lecture given at Interplas - National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England - 04 October 2002.

Clean Business = Good Business

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are becoming a management issue and companies who have implemented an EMS have often achieved substantial cost savings as well as improved their environmental performance. An EMS with a strong emphasis on improving resource efficiency and continual improvement will definitely reduce costs. It is possible to both save money and to save the save the environment.

  Having an EMS saves money

Research shows that having an EMS saves a company money by focusing attention on waste and the work necessary to minimise the waste.

The benefits

An EMS allows a company to work towards these benefits in a structured and efficient way. An EMS is a practical management tool to:

The good news (1)

An EMS is easy to implement and for any company with an existing quality management system the job is straightforward. There are very few difficulties and the rewards are great. An EMS will save money during implementation and will provide a tool for saving money into the future.

You will save money just by being attending an event and reading the publications.

The bad news

Concern for the environment is NOT going away. You have to do something or you will not be in the game. The pressures are increasing daily: This is not urgent but it is important. When it gets urgent then it is too late! 

Customer pressure

Many companies are under customer pressure to develop an Environmental Management System (EMS). Other companies recognise the environmental impacts of their business and want to minimise these. Listen to the customer

Legislation and taxes

New legislation and taxes are increasing the cost of poor resource efficiency and waste. The amount of regulation is increasing. The amount of taxation on poor resource efficiency is increasing.

Competitor pressure

Competitors are setting up EMS and gaining the benefits. The quality analogy: Leader to Common to Laggard or Advantage to Common to Requirement

The choices

The good news (2)

Key factors for success

The EMS implementation cycle shows the method for implementing an effective EMS:

The EMS implementation cycle

Effective implementation needs:

Senior management commitment

Implementation planning

Building on existing systems

The Initial Review

What is in an effective EMS?

What to do next?

More information

Contact the Environment and Energy Helpline (0800 585 794) and get the following FREE publications or download them from the links below:

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