The purpose of this module is to give you an understanding of how environmental improvements may be achieved within organisations. This is particularly important where a company is planning or engaged in the implementation of an Environmental Management Systems (EMS), which is seeking accreditation / certification to a standard such as ISO 14001.
The module will address the means by which companies can improve their environmental performance and gives a good ISO 14001 compliant framework to do this in. The first units of the module concentrate upon how a company can firstly identify its significant environmental effects and in turn, how it can embark on improving it s environmental performance in areas that are deemed to have a negative significant impact, in a systematic manner. The subsequent parts of the module will then act as a guide in setting environmental objectives and targets and in formulating an improvement programme to deal with these.
The later units of the module focus upon improvement strategies themselves. These are useful to both companies that are not planning to implement a formal EMS, but need guidance in how to approach making environmental improvements in certain areas. This section of the module will also be useful to those wishing to implement an EMS and require guidance and examples on how to implement projects to fulfil environmental objectives and targets set.