IEMA investigates EMS

Next week's Environmental Technology (ET) show at Birmingham's NEC will include a series of seminars looking at how to get the best out of your company's EMS.

The involvement of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) in ET 2006 is far greater than in previous years. As well as exhibiting throughout the three day show and sponsoring the ET Environmental Manager of Year Award 2006, the IEMA will also be hosting a seminar session that focuses on Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

The session will take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday, May 16. There will be three presentations, each lasting approximately 30 minutes with time for questions.

Martin Baxter, IEMA Technical Director, will open the session at 10.30am by looking at Supply Chain: Environmental Management.

This seminar will provide information on the importance of supply chain management, and how environmental management systems can be used to improve supply chain performance.

It will look at the Acorn scheme, designed to help small and medium businesses grow greener, which is currently enjoying great success and expansion. This seminar will show how Acorn can be used to further improve the performance of a supply chain.

The seminar will attract individuals with environmental management responsibility in organisations that are looking to improve their supply chain performance.

The information will also be relevant to consultants who are advising clients on environmental management systems and supply chain management, and to procurers who are aiming to improve the environmental integrity of their supply chains.

At 11.10am Martyn Cheesbrough, project director of REMAS, will present a seminar titled REMAS: Links to EMS and Regulations, which will look at the findings of this project so far.

The REMAS team looked at environmental management systems of over 320 industrial sites across Europe, and this is an opportunity for the general public to learn what the findings might mean for the way environmental management systems develop in the future and how the regulation of industry might change as a result.

The final seminar in this session, entitled Environmental Improvements through Eco-Design, will begin at 11.50. It will be presented by Jamie O’Hare of Environ UK Ltd.

This seminar will provide an overview of Eco-Design principles, and will provide practical advice on how to implement Eco-Design in a company.

Participants in this seminar will develop an understanding of the general drivers and business benefits of Eco-Design. The seminar will also provide the foundations to develop a sound business case for Eco-Design within an organisation, and give ideas and inspiration as to how individual organisations can replicate the successes shown in the case studies.

Anyone involved in managing and implementing environmental management systems will find this information interesting, thought provoking and beneficial to their role in an organisation. Certifiers, regulators, government employees and all of those involved in the environmental management industry should attend this seminar. Delegates will also be able to take a copy of the findings so far.

These short seminar sessions will enable delegates to learn more about the latest issues and developments within environmental management systems. There will also be time to ask the speakers and questions about issues related to their presentations, and to ask for any further information or sources that maybe beneficial to them.

All ET 2006 delegates are welcome to attend this session free of charge.

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