Environmental management systems (EMS) can help an organisation improve environmental performance, minimise risk and reduce business overheads.

There are many EMS models now available for different types of organisation. The three current established EMS s are ISO 14001, the Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and ISO 14005.

This topic describes the aims and benefits of an EMS and the various EMS models available and explains the framework and key elements common to EMS implementation. For more details on a particular standard, see the EMS Standards topic.

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