Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Pollution Prevention (P2)
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is defined as a continual cycle of planning, implementing, reviewing and improving the actions that an organization takes to meet its environmental obligations. Most EMSs today are based on the recently issued ISO 14001 Standard.
Pollution prevention (P2) is an integral component of an EMS. P2 allows flexibility, effective long-term planning and increases efficiency.
An EMS provides a framework for organizations or businesses that are interested in continually improving environmental performance. Through this framework, environmental stewardship becomes the responsibility of all employees - not just the environmental department - and is integrated into everyday business operations. EMS offers organizations a method and opportunity to systematically establish and achieve P2 objectives for superior environmental performance.
Ohio EPA's Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) is committed to helping companies reduce pollution at the source. OCAPP would like to help your company with the waste reduction components of your EMS. OCAPP has developed several programs that can help your company reduce waste and reduce costs.
Please see also: P2 and Quality, Information on Total Quality Environmental Management (TQEM)