Environmental Policy Statement
Environmental Policy Statement Notes
Adopting an Environmental Policy (EP)
1. The final Environmental Policy (EP) document needs to be signed by a senior manager or board member and displayed within the premises and/or on your website.
2. Someone needs to be identified who can and will measure the amount of energy units used, volume of discharge, volume of water used, mileage claimed, quantities of waste generated, quantities of recycling generated. It would be advisable to store this in one location.
3. Evidence of any claims made in the Policy should be retained/stored.
4. The signatory of the EP needs to agree on how training, monitoring and reviewing will take place.
5. Contractors or sub-contractors should be informed of the policy and included into training where necessary.
Implementing an Environmental Management Plan (EMP)
1. The signatory of the EP should agree to the objectives, targets and timescales of the EMP.
2. If at all possible you should include a document that states your environmental issues/aspects and show how you have prioritised them. This will give you the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of your impact and inform anyone reading the EMP of your valid constraints.
3. Implementing the EMP is the “Do” part of the Plan > Do > Check > Act cycle. Put a date in the diary to “Check” your plan.
4. Make an effort to report key findings to staff, stakeholders, clients etc when you check/review your EMP.
5. It is very likely that your plan will need to be amended (the “Act” part of the cycle) following your checking/reviewing. Allow some time for this to be reworked and signed off by the signatory.