Improving environmental performance helps increase productivity and is a key aim of both ISO 14001 certification and EMAS verification and also features in the SME guidance standard, ISO 14005.

Environmental Performance Evaluation (EPE) 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. Evaluating environmental performance 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 over time.

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