Our Environmental Management System (EMS) helps us meet our Environmental Policy commitments. This covers preventing pollution and complying with legislation, while seeking to improve our performance. Our EMS is made up of:
- the Policy;
- a register of impacts;
- the Action Plan;
- and a review process with regular audits.
Implementing an EMS will help reduce the impact of Council activities on the environment. It also helps us to:
- comply with legislation;
- meet statutory obligations, such as reporting on National Indicators;
- manage our impacts, such as pollution;
- reduce waste and energy use;
- lower costs;
- and increase 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 international 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.
An audit in 2012 confirmed that Calderdale met ISO 14001 and EMAS standards for environmental management.
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is a not-for-profit institute for members. It promotes best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment.