EMS Legislation

BS EN ISO14001: 2004 Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard to which organisations can become certified, not a legal requirement. The standard provides guidelines on how to manage an organisations environmental impact, support environmental protection and prevent pollution in conjunction with socio-economic needs. Organisations can choose to apply for certification to the standard through third parties accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Scheme (UKAS). The revised standard is still being reviewed and is scheduled to be published in September 2015, entitled ISO 14001:2015.
OSPAR Recommendation 2003/5 to promote the use and implementation of Environmental Management Systems by the Offshore Industry The goal of this Recommendation is that by the end of 2005 all operators within Contracting Parties’ jurisdiction in the UKCS maritime area should have in place Environmental Management Systems that are in accordance with the principals of internationally recognised standards. This Recommendation had effect from 27 June 2003.
 European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)  EMAS – the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, is a voluntary initiative designed to improve companies’ environmental performance. It was initially established by European Regulation 1836/93, although this has been replaced by Regulation No 1221/2009. The third revision of EMAS was finalised in late 2009. It entered into force in January 2010 and is applicable to those wishing to register with the scheme. For organisations already EMAS registered there is a transitional period to be completed by 11 January 2011. EMAS modifications include measures for reducing administrative burdens for EMAS organisations and raises the attractiveness of the scheme. The scope of the scheme has been extended to allow organisations outside of the European Community to gain EMAS registration with EMAS verifiers who are inside the European Community.
 Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS), repealing Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 and Commission Decisions  The objective of the Community eco-management and audit scheme is to promote improvements in the environmental performance of organisations in all sectors through: the introduction and implementation by organisations of environmental management systems as set out in Annex I to this Regulation; objective and periodical assessment of those systems; training and active involvement of the staff of such organisations; provision of information to the public and other interested parties; and organisations must report against a set of core indicators: energy efficiency, material efficiency, water, waste, biodiversity and emissions. One condition of EMAS registration is that organisations must meet legal requirements regarding environmental protection. The updated Regulation provides some flexibility in the periods for which organisations are required to publish their environmental statement and also sets out transitional provisions for the revised Regulation requirements. The transitional period must be completed by 11 January 2011.