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Govt & organizations should work to employ Environment Management Systems

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Environmental protection and sustainable development have become key factors for various stakeholders such as customers, suppliers and the public. It has become increasingly important to give importance to such issues and challenges and to demonstrate a commitment towards the environment. Implementing environmental management systems can help you meet this challengein several important ways.
Effective implementation of these management systems would firstly protect the environment plus if the organizations acquiring it would play an essential role in protecting the environment from further damage.
They help reduce an organization’s impact on the environment while improving the operating efficiency of the organization.
There are certain advantages a company could reap by implying such systems, the advantages which stem from environmental management systems are the savings your business can make through its implementation, increased profitability, and better sales opportunities:
Better regulatory compliance – running an EMS will help ensure that your environmental legal responsibilities are met and more easily managed on a day-to-day basis.
More effective use of resources – the policies and procedures in place will help the organization to manage waste and resources more effectively and reduce costs.
Marketing – the organization can highlight its business’ credentials and image as an environmentally aware operation that has made a commitment to continual environmental improvement through advertising or annual reporting.
Finance – the organization/business may find it easier to raise investment from banks and other financial institutions, which are increasingly keen to see businesses controlling their environmentalimpact and are functioning to protect the environment.
Increased sales opportunities – large businesses and government departments may only deal with businesses that have EMS.
Lighter regulation – even if an EMS is not a regulatory requirement, by showing your commitment to environmental management, you may benefit through less frequent site visits or reduced fees from environmental regulators.
Certification to recognized standards – gaining an external certification of the organization EMS through ISO 14001, BS 8555 or EMAS can give the business credibility with customers and stakeholders.
The goal of these management systems is to increase compliance and reduce waste; Compliance is the act of reaching and maintaining minimal legal standards. By not being compliant, companies and businesses may face fines, government intervention or may not be able to operate. Waste reduction goes beyond compliance to reduce environmental impact.
According to the United Nation’s Sustainable development goal, these compliances must be adopted to develop without compromising on the environment and to leave behind a healthy and sustained surrounding for our future generations.