Environmental management can extend far beyond day to day direct operational activities, reaching up into organisational strategy; stretching back into global supply chains; and unravelling the traditional ways products have been designed, used and disposed of.

Through environmental management organisations can influence the way that services are provided and products are designed, manufactured, distributed, consumed, used and disposed of by consumers and society. Such a life-cycle perspective is vital to ensure that in tackling one issue an organisation does not inadvertently generate unintended social, environmental, or economic consequences elsewhere.

In this way environmental management embodies the collaborative nature that is key to transforming the world to sustainability. Businesses and non-commercial organisations need to ensure effective management of the impacts they have on the environment and society, and how they respond and build resilience to external environmental change that will shape and constrain their future long-term success.

Environmental Management on the Horizon

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Environmental Management in the News

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Environmental Management Resources

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Further information

Environmental Management Systems and Other Support Tools

Many organisations have implemented an environmental management system (EMS) to improve environmental performance and ensure compliance with a wide range of environmental regulations.

The International Standard ISO 14001 specifies the requirements of an EMS. ISO 14001 is the most widely adopted approach for organisations managing their environmental performance. The latest data from ISO shows that over 267,000 organisations are certified in 158 countries, making use of the standard the most successful approach for organisations voluntary managing and improving their impacts on the environment.

Other support tools include life-cycle assessment, carbon and water footprinting, and environmental auditing.

The Green Ticks Scheme

Green Ticks is the name of scheme that Bright Green Business has devised to support and assist you in achieving an environmental management system (EMS). During this process Bright Green will walk you through every step of the EMS, checking all legislation and environmental issues that relate to your business. Bright Green will also produce all the necessary documentation and ensure that the process is as easy and efficient as possible.

The Green Ticks Scheme is the only UKAS accredited programme in Scotland, supporting organisations in implementing an environmental management system – the British Standard, BS 8555:2016. The British Standard is recognised by businesses and funding bodies throughout the UK and Ireland. It is a highly-respected accreditation that will highlight and formally recognise your commitment to the environment.

Bright Green will ensure your business is totally compliant with legislation and as environmentally efficient as possible before arranging an inspection by Tarian. Tarian are our accredited inspection partners who do the assessment and award the accreditation. Click here for more information.

Government intervention

Regulation has an important role to play, helping to protect the environment and people from the most serious risks and correct market failures. As the drive for better regulation, de-regulation and concepts such as 'earned autonomy' take hold, Government is increasingly seeking to take a back seat. Organisations will need to step forward and take full responsibility for improving environmental outcomes in a way that retains the trust of the public and broader society. Directors will need to take a more active interest in how the environment is managed and reported.