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A key aspect of sustainability is understanding your performance and key issues such as water use, carbon emissions, biodiversity and waste* require systematic reporting and measuring to meet both our legal obligations and those placed upon us by government, trade associations, clients and colleagues (amongst others!).
In order to achieve this Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are needed, which enable organisations to identify and report on their environmental obligations in a structured way. In short, an EMS will require potential impacts to be identified, a consideration of how risks might be mitigated, and how data is monitored and reported. A key aspect of any EMS is to drive a cycle of continual improvement, facilitating improved performance over time.
Environmental management standards such as ISO14001
provide a company level approach that can be independently audited and externally reported. More specific standards such as BREEAM
and the home quality mark assessments also exist, enabling organisations to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach to a sustainable built environment.
Self Assessment Tool
Re-assessing and working through your new action plan will support your journey of continuous improvement in sustainability. You can re-assess at any time and access an updated action plan.