An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a formal system which enables organisations to control and improve their environmental performance and ensure compliance with environmental legislation.
What is the University doing?
Staffordshire University is currently implementing an EMS for the Estates Department. We are following the Institute of Environmental, Management and Assessment (IEMA) Acorn scheme which is based on the British Standard BS8555. This scheme breaks down the implementation process into 6 key phases. On completion of Phase 6, the EMS can be certified to ISO14001.
Estates have been certified to phases 1, 2 and 3 (GIF, file size: 26.19KB) since April 2012. You can download our New VCA Certificate of Registration (PDF, file size: 554.3KB) or view our registration online.
What are the benefits of implementing an EMS?
Once established, an EMS should identify areas where efficiency can be improved and savings made. Tangible benefits and financial savings can be achieved in waste management, energy consumption, transportation, packaging and materials use. The other major benefits are:
- Demonstrates that an organisation is proactive in their approach to the management of their environmental impacts and are committed to improving their performance;
- Indicates the reliability and credibility of information provided by an organisation regarding its environmental performance
- Raises awareness about the scheme/system to the public, interested parties and stakeholders.