Environmental management has become increasingly important over recent years as the volume of environmental legislation and regulations increases.
All businesses in the UK have legal environmental obligations that they must meet.
The good news is that by taking a more proactive approach to these issues your organisation and your suppliers’ businesses will benefit from making changes – in terms of reducing both costs and waste.
There are significant penalties applied to businesses in the UK not adhering to legislation and responsibility may fall with both supplier and Client organisation.
It is important that businesses conduct a review of their environmental impact and looks at ways in which this can be reduced. This should also include a review of legal obligations to ensure that these are being met and that the approach is frequently monitored and reviewed to ensure a consistent and reliable approach is being taken.
A review may include:
- A business risk assessment has been carried out to understand the potential environmental impact of the work being carried out
- Identification of any opportunities to improve environmental performance to reduce energy costs and unnecessary waste
- Review that the business is managing waste and transporting and disposing of waste in the correct ways
- A check that any extra controls for specific hazardous waste substances are managed properly
- Correct procedures are implemented to reduce the risk of air pollution and the management of other emissions
- A review of processes in place to reduce the risk of contamination of groundwater
- A review that all obligations under UK law are being adhered to and demonstrate that their Environmental Management takes into consideration how they manage this approach with their staff
Environmental regulations for your industry
Some industry sectors are specially regulated. You can find guidance by sector on the GOV.UK website.