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Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Photo: Oak sapling An environmental management system (EMS) can be a useful tool for managing and minimising the environmental impact of your business as well as a tool for continuous improvement and performance.

The basic premise of an environmental management system is one of prevention being better, and cheaper, than remediation! An EMS provides a framework for addressing legal compliance and pollution prevention and can help you identify, and address, potential problems before they occur.

An EMS can also help you identify opportunities for saving money through resource efficiency and can help you meet customer requirements for demonstrating environmental performance. Many companies have used their EMS to gain competitive advantage and improve their image.

Thanks to funding from Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, GBN runs monthly EMS support seminars. These seminars, run in association with international standard certifiers, NQA, cover the topics companies need to address in order to manage an environmental management system.

Each session can be used as a stand-alone training seminar to help managers with an interest in a particular topic or as part of a process towards developing a system.

Whether you are developing an informal, in-house system or one that will be accredited to either ISO 14001 or BS 8555, the ten-monthly seminars are an invaluable source of training, support and advice for you.

The GBN EMS seminars, which are free to members, are the best attended, longest running, most well-established sessions of their kind in the region and are going from strength to strength as more members contribute their expertise and experience to help others set up and implement an EMS.

As with all GBN activity, the EMS seminars are run by members for members. This means that managers have the opportunity to influence the direction and form the seminars take. In fact, if you haven’t been to one of our seminars for a couple of years, you will find they are continuing to evolve in response to member needs.

Visit the Events & Seminars page to find out more about our current programme – and to book your place on line. If you have yet to join GBN, you are welcome to book one session and see how useful our approach will be for you.