EMS helps cut resource use

17th May 2012

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Business & Industry ,
  • Management ,
  • Procurement ,
  • Certification ,
  • EMS



Environment management systems are crucial to more sustainable production and consumption practices, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

In a new report examining the actions taken by companies and policymakers to improve resource use, UNEP describes environmental management standards, such as ISO 14001, as “vital tools”, saying that they provide practical frameworks to help reduce environmental impacts while generating cost savings.

The report, which consists of 56 best-practice case studies featuring Nestlé and Sainsbury’s, comes ahead of the Rio+20 summit in June, where improving resource efficiency will feature highly.

“Realising a low-carbon, resource-efficient and employment-generating green economy is the challenge for world leaders when they meet in Rio,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP executive director. “This report underlines that governments are not starting from zero. Rio+20 offers the opportunity to accelerate and scale up these policies and projects.”

Publication of the UNEP report comes as a new study from the Royal Society, entitled People and planet, warns that consumption levels between developed and developing nations must be rebalanced, and population levels stabilised.

“The world now has a very clear choice. We can choose to address the twin issues of population and consumption. We can choose to rebalance the use of resources to a more egalitarian pattern of consumption, to reframe our economic values to truly reflect what our consumption means for our planet and to help individuals around the world to make informed and free reproductive choices. Or we can choose to do nothing and to drift into a downward vortex of economic, sociopolitical and environmental ills, leading to a more unequal and inhospitable future,” said Sir John Sulston, fellow of the Royal Society.

At the same time, Re|Source 2012, a new initiative created by the University of Oxford and the Rothschild Foundation, has been launched. It calls on global businesses and the finance community to take the lead in solving resource scarcity as population growth and economic development put greater strains on the planet’s resources.


Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.

Transform articles

Four in five shoppers willing to pay ‘sustainability premium’

Despite cost-of-living concerns, four-fifths of shoppers are willing to pay more for sustainably produced or sourced goods, a global survey has found.

16th May 2024

Read more

One in five UK food businesses are not prepared for EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) coming into force in December, a new survey has uncovered.

16th May 2024

Read more

Each person in the UK throws a shocking 35 items of unwanted clothes and textiles into general waste every year on average, according to a new report from WRAP.

2nd May 2024

Read more

The largest-ever research initiative of its kind has been launched this week to establish a benchmark for the private sector’s contribution to the UK’s 2050 net-zero target.

2nd May 2024

Read more

Weather-related damage to homes and businesses saw insurance claims hit a record high in the UK last year following a succession of storms.

18th April 2024

Read more

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has issued a statement clarifying that no changes have been made to its stance on offsetting scope 3 emissions following a backlash.

16th April 2024

Read more

One of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Andrew Winston sees many reasons for hope as pessimism looms large in sustainability. Huw Morris reports

4th April 2024

Read more

Vanessa Champion reveals how biophilic design can help you meet your environmental, social and governance goals

4th April 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close