Environmental projects and campaigns
Environmental Management System
Launched in April 2009, an Environmental Management System (EMS) is a mechanism which will ensure that the Council meets its Environmental Policy commitments of preventing pollution, complying with environmental legislation while seeking to improve its environmental performance.
Calderdale Council’s EMS is made up of:
- the Environmental Policy
- a register of environmental impacts
- the Environmental Action Plan
- a review process including regular environmental audits.
Implementing an EMS will help reduce the impact of Council activities on the environment. It will also support the Council in:
- complying with environmental legislation
- meeting statutory obligations such as reporting on National Indicators
- managing the Council’s environmental impacts such as pollution
- reducing waste and energy use
- lowering costs
- increasing efficiency.
Scope of the EMS
The EMS operates across the Council's core activities including waste, energy, water and transport management. It also operates within the services of the Economy and Environment, Chief Executive and Communities directorates.
Certified EMS: ISO 14001 & Eco Management and Audit System (EMAS)
The Council's EMS has been certified as meeting the internationally recognised standards for environmental management (ISO 14001 & Eco Management and Audit System). Both these accreditation schemes recognise organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance. The Council will also produce a publically available environmental statement that reports information and performance.
In September 2012 an environmental audit concluded that Calderdale Council is continuing to meet the standards for environmental management as expected under ISO 14001 and EMAS. Further to this the Council has increased the range of services under this standard to include the Chief Executive directorate in addition to the existing Economy & Environment services.
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment| (IEMA)
A not-for-profit membership organisation established to promote best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment.