Members from IEMAs Climate Change and Energy network have drafted new guidance to help professionals who are working with Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and wider business processes. This guidance includes planning frameworks, reference sources and information on how typical EMS clauses can be used to help drive performance improvement. The guidance has been compiled by practicing professionals, with tips and guidance for integrating action on climate change mitigation and for adaptation to climate impacts.

In 2015, ISO 14001, the world’s leading environmental management system (EMS) standard - was substantially revised, providing organizations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs. The revised standard makes clearer reference to the two-way relationship between organisations and the environment. In this regard, and considering its international take-up, ISO 14001 is well placed as a vehicle for integrating energy management, climate change mitigation and also now climate change adaptation actions into thousands of businesses and organisations across the world.

Although this guidance is largely based around the requirements of ISO 14001:2015, it is also relevant to organisations that use other standards or approaches (or none).It has been compiled primarily for environment and sustainability professionals and for anyone working with, or considering developing an EMS or with influence over the EMS.

The guidance is now available, initially as a draft version to IEMA members, and is being ‘road-tested’ through a consultation ending on Friday 10th August -

Final guidance will be available in the Autumn and will be profiled at the EMEX Energy Management Expo in London in November.

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