Launched in April 2009, our Environmental Management System (EMS) is a way for the Council meets its Environmental Policy commitments. This cover preventing pollution and 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; and
- a review process including regular environmental audits.
Implementing an EMS will help reduce the impact of Council activities on the environment. It 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; and
- 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 is certified and meets 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 produce a publically available environmental statement, reporting information and performance.
In September 2012, an environmental audit concluded that Calderdale Council continued to achieve ISO 14001 and EMAS standards for environmental management.
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.