What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?

We received such a great response to our last article on EHS definitions, we thought it might be helpful to further expand on our list of Environmental System definitions.

What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?

An Environmental Management System is a set of procedures and tools that an organization puts in place to effectively manage the company’s environmental affairs. The EMS must ensure that the organization, at a minimum, meets the environmental laws and regulations in each jurisdiction the company operates in. Beyond that, the EMS can be designed to include industry best practices and be reflective of the company’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. As a guide, the International Organization of Standards has developed a practical set of tools to assist organizations in developing an EMS in the form of ISO 14001 and ISO 14005.

What is an Environmental Management Information System (EMIS)?

An Environmental Management Information System is a software solution that a company puts in place to store and manage data and institute workflows to manage their environmental affairs. The Refined Data platform is an example of an EMIS. An EMIS is a valuable component of an Environmental Management System and underpins the implementation of ISO 14001 and ISO 14005.

Published On: September 26th, 2020 / Categories: Education /

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Refined Data develops EHS, ESG and Insurance management software for the Commercial, Retail and Multifamily real estate sector. With more than 3,500 buildings representing more than a quarter billion square feet on the platform, Refined Data has delivered award-winning value to leading real estate companies for over a decade.   Please contact us to learn more.

About the Author: Hugh Molyneux

Hugh Molyneux is a founder and President of Refined Data, an award-winning developer of EHS and Operations Management Software for Real Estate. More than 3,500 buildings worldwide rely on Refined Data as their platform of choice to manage Environmental Risk, Health & Safety, Compliance and Site Operations.