Improving environmental performance is a requirement of both ISO 14001 certification and EMAS verification. Environmental performance evaluation (EPE) also features in ISO 14005, which is designed to provide guidance to help SMEs implement an EMS that is also compatible with ISO 14001.

EPE is an internal management tool that provides managers with information about how well an organisation’s environmental system is performing and whether the aims of its environmental policy are being achieved. EPE is a useful auditing tool for assessing whether environmental aspects, objectives, targets and other environmental performance criteria are being met. EPE is an ongoing process that ensures any changes to an organisation’s activities, products and services that might affect environmental performance are accounted for in its EMS.

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