Environmental Management is a tool with emphasis on sustainability and is meant to prevent and reduce human impacts on the environment and on nature’s resources.
Environmental management is viewed as a system that includes planning activities, defines responsibilities, identifies processes and resources, implements procedures and performs a critical analysis to ensure that all factors are aligned with each organization’s environmental policy, mission and vision.
All activities, products and services arising from commercial and industrial operations generate negative impacts. That’s why there are a growing number of companies that recognize the need to implement measures and mechanisms such as Environmental Management Systems to foster better practices and sustainable methods that also fulfil current requirements of global and community policies.
Any company, whether industrial or service provider, may develop an Environmental Management plan. The first step is to map and identify all activities and processes, impacts generated by each one and how they affect the environment.
Various instruments are available to companies, which may be voluntarily used to ensure better environmental performance by organizations and to guarantee compliance with regulatory provisions, namely the EU Ecomanagement Auditing System (EMAS) and the series of technical standards in reference to ISO 14001 for companies in both the private and public sectors.
On joining these environmental management systems, an important tool for sustainable development, organizations reveal a responsible attitude and contribute to a better quality of life.
The importance of environmental management for companies
There are a number of reasons why adopting this strategy is important for any type of company:
1 – Helps to develop the company’s spirit of social responsibility;
2 – Associates the company’s image to environmental protection;
3 – Differentiates the company from the competition;
4 – Reduces the company’s in-house costs by preventing waste and reutilizing existing materials;
5 – Fosters opportunities of growth, technological innovation and economic development;
6 – Enables the company to improve commercial relations with other companies that also implement the principle of environmental management and sustainability.
Every day there are more companies adopting Environmental Management mechanisms to operate in more competitive markets, thereby gaining a competitive edge in the sector in which they operate.
Konceptness provides a range of services with the mission of assisting organizations in solving a range of environmental management problems and challenges.
Defining strategic plans, including identifying and forecasting environmental impacts, preparing the proposed measures that prevent, minimize or compensate for those effects and the respective post-evaluation are only some of this service’s measures.