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Specific environmental issues such as water, carbon, biodiversity and waste are dealt with elsewhere in the School. However all these issues need systematic reporting and measuring by the infrastructure industry if we are to meet both our legal obligations and those placed upon us by a myriad of local and national governments, regulators, trade associations, customers, employees and shareholders.
Environmental management systems (EMS) are set out to ensure that organisations can identify their legal environmental obligations. They also identify the sources of environmental impacts, as well as how to mitigate their associated risks and report any progress being made.
The most widely used EMS is ISO 14001, other approaches are available and include BS 8555 and ACORN. Organisations such as CIRIA provide Environmental Good Practice on Site Guidance, which can help to identify better site environmental practice. The principles of environmental management are also included in the prominent sustainability assessment schemes in the UK notably BREEAM and CEEQUAL.
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.