We developed an Environmental Management System (EMS) in 2007, to enable us to reduce our environmental impacts and increase our operating efficiency, through the establishing of a set of processes and practices.
This framework helps us to achieve our environmental objectives through consistent control of our operations. The assumption is that this increased control will improve the environmental performance of our business. The EMS itself does not dictate a level of environmental performance that must be achieved; this is dictated by our established environmental objectives.
Our EMS helps us to address our regulatory demands in a systematic and cost-effective manner. This proactive approach can help reduce the risk of non-compliance, and improve health and safety practices for our employees, contractors, clients and the public.
Our EMS also helps us to address non-regulated issues, such as energy conservation, and can promote stronger operational control and employee stewardship.
The basic elements of our EMS are:
- Setting environmental objectives to reduce our environmental impacts and comply with legal requirements
- Establishing programs to meet these objectives
- Monitoring and measuring our progress in achieving the objectives
- Reviewing our environmental objectives
- Analysing our environmental impacts and legal requirements
- Ensuring of our employees’ environmental awareness and competence
- Reviewing progress of the EMS, and making continuous improvements