- Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
- EMS Basic Information
- EMS Training
- EMS Success Stories
- Waste Management Related Initiatives
Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.
What is an Environmental Managment System (EMS)?
- A set of processes and practices that enable an organization to systematically assess and manage its environmental "footprint" ---the environmental impact associated with its activities, products, and services.
- An important vehicle for improving environmental performance by providing organizations with the tools to successfully manage their environmental activities in a cost effective manner.
What are the Benefits of an EMS?
- Helps an organization comply with its regulatory responsibilities, and provides a means for addressing non-regulated environmental aspects such as energy efficiency and resource conservation;
- Facilitates assessment of risks and liabilities;
- Increases operating efficiency, creates standard operating procedures, and captures institutional knowledge of experienced employees;
- Increases employees' environmental awareness and involvement throughout the organization;
- Potential environmental and financial benefits; and
- Provides a competitive edge and improve public relations.