Environmental Management Plan

by Nick T

An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is tool organizations use to set and achieve environmental objectives and targets. It is also a requirement of the ISO 14001 standard, the international environmental management system standard. An environmental management plan should fit the organization's and its stakeholders' specific needs. It should be based on the organization’s environmental policy and consider the legal and other requirements to which the organization is subject. The EMP should be a living document that is reviewed and updated regularly. It should communicate the organization’s environmental commitments to employees, contractors, suppliers, and other stakeholders.

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Benefits of Environmental management plan

  1. Reduce environmental impact- One of the main benefits of environmental management plans is that they can help organizations reduce their environmental impact. These plans can help organizations identify the areas with the most impact on the environment and develop strategies to reduce their influence in these areas.
  2. Save energy and resources- Another benefit of environmental management plans is that they can help organizations save energy and resources. These plans can help organizations to identify ways to use less energy and water and to recycle or reuse resources instead of disposing of them.
  3. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions- Environmental management plans can help organizations reduce their emissions. Greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere when businesses burn fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. These gases trap heat in the atmosphere and cause the Earth’s temperature to rise, leading to climate change. Climate change can cause catastrophic events such as floods, droughts, and hurricanes. It can also cause plant and animal species extinction and make it difficult for people to grow food and access it.
  4. Improve public image- Another benefit of environmental management plans is that they can help organizations improve their public appearance. Consumers and other general members are increasingly interested in whether the products they buy and the companies they support are environmentally friendly. By developing an environmental management plan, businesses can show the public that they are committed to reducing their impact on the environment.
  5. Comply with regulations- Environmental management plans can also help businesses to comply with environmental regulations. Governments put these regulations in place to protect the environment and human health. Companies can ensure that they meet these regulations' requirements by developing an environmental management plan. Organizations can use the ISO 14001 standard to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development and environmental protection. To be certified to ISO 14001, an organization must develop and implement an EMS to the standard’s requirements.

How to develop an Environmental management plan

Environmental management plan
  1. Understand the standard's requirements- The first step in creating an Environmental management plan for ISO 14001 is understanding the standard’s requirements. This will help you ensure that your goals meet all the necessary criteria.
  2. Create a policy statement- The next step is to create a policy statement. This should be a clear and concise statement of your company's commitment to environmental sustainability. It should outline your aims and objectives for ecological improvement.
  3. Identify your environmental aspects- The third step is identifying your environmental factors. These are the elements of your business that have an impact on the environment. It would help to consider how these aspects affect the local and global environment.
  4. Identify your legal and other requirements- The fourth step is to identify your legal and other requirements. This includes any national or international legislation that applies to your business, as well as any voluntary standards or best practice guidelines that you should follow
  5. Set objectives and targets- The fifth step is to set goals and targets for your Environmental management plan. These should be time-bound, relevant, explicit, measurable, and attainable (SMART). They should be aligned with your company's overall business strategy.
  6. Implement your plan- The sixth step is implementing your Environmental management plan. This will involve implementing the systems and procedures needed to achieve your objectives and targets. You will also need to train your employees to operate these systems.
  7. Monitor and review your performance- The seventh and final step is to monitor and review your performance against your objectives and targets. This will help you to identify any areas where further improvement is needed. It will also allow you to assess the overall effectiveness of your Environmental management plan.

Instructions to use the template

All yellow indicated numbers in the Environmental plan are ones that need action to be taken. Below are details

1. Project Name.
2. Date of the Release of EMP Plan
3. Industry details along with the address and contact details
4. If any Environmental Consultant
5. Company name
6. City, State, and Country Details
7. Distance in km/hectares from a significant city reference
8. Insert a Picture of a Satellite view of the site.
9. Provide an area in figures with units.
10. Provide area in figures of usable land with units.
11. Provide an area of remaining land with units
12. Describe what will be done in Phase 1
13. Describe what will be done in Phase 2
14. Describe what will be done in Phase 3
15. Insert an Image of the Signed Environmental Policy of the Company
16. Insert a picture of the Organization Structure for the operations of the project
17. Add more roles and descriptions; few are defined generally that can be model descriptions of actual organizational structure
18. Fill in all applicable and relevant rules as per the region/country
19. Add any more as relevant to the potential threat
20. Fill in Scenarios such as Fire, Explosion, etc., and provide the Response Plan of the Site and Responsible Teams such as Fire, the Fighting team, the Traffic Management team, etc.]
21. Include any additional personnel necessary, including any Regulatory agency
22. Provide details of the Name of the Personnel, Position, Phone number, and Mobile Number of the Contacts, including any Regulatory agency in the table
23. List all the items relevant as per the Project with
  • Item Name
  • Unit of measurement
  • Rate per unit
  • Quantity
  • Total Cost
24. Add Environmental Components, their impacts, Source of effects, and critical Issues (yes/no). A few are added for reference.
25. Insert the traffic movement plan of the site
26. Insert the regulatory decibels for a construction site
27. Add any more Management Controls as applicable to the site
28. Few everyday items are filled, but you need to fill things what are the monitoring points that need to be done, their frequency, actions that have been taken, and compliance status (Complied/Partially Complied/Not Complied
29. Few everyday items are filled, but you need to Act/Schedule/Regulation, what are the details of compliance that need to be done, compliance status (Complied/Partially Complied/Not Complied, any actions that have been taken
30. Modify as per the system followed by the organization
31. Add all such relevant position name
32. Change if the frequency is different