Eco Management and Audit Scheme
The Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) was introduced to Chesterfield Borough Council in 2004 with the first Environmental Statement published in March 2006.
The council’s ambition then, as now, is to become an exemplar of good environmental practice and gain a reputation for being innovative and forward thinking when developing solutions to environmental issues.
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme requires organisations to publicly report on their environmental performance at the end of each year in the form of an EMAS statement. In addition, the 2009 regulation requires organisations to report against a set of core indicators, which are energy efficiency, material efficiency, water, waste, biodiversity and emissions.
The statement contains the following information:
- description of Chesterfield Borough Council registering under EMAS and a summary of activities
- Chesterfield Borough Council’s environmental policy
- details of the council’s most significant environmental impacts
- the council’s environmental objectives and targets
- a summary of data and progress towards achieving environmental goals
- other factors regarding environmental performance in respect of significant environmental impacts
- reference to environmental legal compliance where required
There is no statutory requirement to have or even retain EMAS, but it is clear that the benefits do out weigh the negatives. The "badge" of EMAS is seen as the gold standard or benchmark in environmental management.
Chesterfield Borough Council is a proud advocator of EMAS and in being recognised as an UK EMAS accredited organisation.
For further details please contact:
Peter Corke, Sustainability Officer
Tel: 01246 345 765