An Environmental Management System [EMS] is a group of programs and processes aiming to reduce an organization’s environmental impact while increasing operational efficiency. This group is an integral part of the existing business processes and could be prompted by several reasons like compliance, a desire for recognition, sense of social responsibly; but most importantly when the company is acting on best management practices.
The paper begins by listing the characteristics of an effective EMS, types of certifications, key definitions, why do organizations need an EMS and how it could benefit them.
The second part of the paper highlights a typical EMS model, which is based on the ‘Plan, Check, Do, Act’ cycle; also known as the continuous improvement cycle. We walk through the four elements of the model and explain the significance of each.
Finally, the paper explains how these concepts are applied. Mobinil is taken as an example where every element of the EMS model is mapped to an actual company activity. We start by setting up the policy and move towards the planning phase and finally to the checking and feedback phase.
A list of current processes, work instructions and projects are outlined. These projects are the essence of the EMS since they do reduce the company’s environmental impacts not only to protect the environment but to realize financial gain; something that truly ensures sustainability.