Urban Environmental Management
Cities, EMS and Everything
Putting up a Green Front
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Key Elements of an EMS

  • Environmental policy ・Develop a statement of your organization痴 commitment to the environment. Use this policy as a framework for planning and action.
  • Environmental aspects ・Identify environmental attributes of your products, activities and services. Determine those that could have significant impacts on the environment.
  • Legal and other requirements ・Identify and ensure access to relevant laws and regulations, as well as other requirements to which your organization adheres.
  • Objectives and targets ・Establish environmental goals for your organization, in line with your policy, environmental impacts, the views of interested parties and other factors.
  • Environmental management program ・Plan actions necessary to achieve your objectives and targets.
  • Structure and responsibility ・Establish roles and responsibilities for environmental management and provide appropriate resources.
  • Training, awareness and competence ・Ensure that your employees are trained and capable of carrying out their environmental responsibilities.
  • Communication ・Establish processes for internal and external communications on environmental management issues.
  • EMS documentation ・Maintain information on your EMS and related documents.
  • Document control ・Ensure effective management of procedures and other system documents.
  • Operational control ・Identify, plan and manage your operations and activities in line with your policy, objectives and targets.
  • Emergency preparedness and response ・Identify potential emergencies and develop procedures for preventing and responding to them.
  • Monitoring and measurement ・Monitor key activities and track performance. Conduct periodic assessments of compliance with legal requirements.
  • Nonconformance and corrective and preventive action ・Identify and correct problems and prevent their recurrence.
  • Records ・Maintain and manage records of EMS performance.
  • EMS audit ・Periodically verify that your EMS is operating as intended.
  • Management review ・Periodically review your EMS with an eye to continual improvement.

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