Publication

Improving Environmental Performance and Compliance

10 Elements of Effective Environmental Management Systems

June 1, 2000 10 pages

Improving Environmental Performance and Compliance

10 Elements of Effective Environmental Management Systems

June 1, 2000 10 pages

Description

In recent years the private sector has developed various types of environmental management systems (EMSs) for identifying and managing the impacts that commercial and industrial operations have on the environment. These systems primarily serve internal management purposes; however, when designed and implemented to realize their full potential, they offer opportunities for enhancing environmental protection in both regulated and unregulated areas. The governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States are interested in promoting the use of EMSs that not only assure compliance with environmental laws and regulations but also encourage their users to improve their environmental performance and to move “beyond compliance”.

Additional Information

Document Type: Project publication
Theme: Enforcement, Green Economy