They will help you with technical advices and with the research of funding opportunities, but he can also advise you on the consultant to hire for your organisation.
It is the assessment of the environmental problems caused by the organisation. There are five main parts to the environmental review:
An important step in developing an EMS is defining clearly its scope. The environmental policy and the environmental programme are meant to structure the EMS. The role of the EMS is to ensure their successful implementation.
Implement what you have learned from the initial review. It is important to have an active employee participation, in order for it to be effectively implemented. You will have to ensure an interactive and transparent internal communication, but also provide them with specific training programmes, in order to enhance internal awareness.
Monitor the performance of your processes in terms of environmental aspects. It can be carried out by an internal auditor or by external experts, as long as he remains objective. It is important to develop a management control panel with environmental performance indicators, in order to manage the organisation’s performance as best as possible. It enables the organisation to be clear and transparent, and to compare the information easily.
Identify mistakes, document and analyse them in order to eliminate their causes.
This document is your window to the world. It should concisely mention the organisation’s environmental performance to stakeholders. It describes the achievements regarding the current goals, and the new environmental targets.
The latter is independent. Your competent Body can help you find information about accredited environmental verifiers. By analysing documents, visiting the organisation and questioning employees, he will assess the organisation’s compliance with the EMAS Regulation.
Once it is verified and validated, the organisation can send to the Competent body:
These will count as an application for registration. Once received, the Competent Body will register the organisation and the latter will be in the European EMAS register.
You can now show (e.g., by using the logo) your environmental commitment to customers, suppliers and authorities.
As an SME, reaching an environmental certification such as EMAS can be overwhelming.
In order to facilitate this process, the EMAS Easy methodology was specifically developed to support Small organisations.
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