Environmental management systems are systems that ensure the organisation is working within the framework of ecologically sustainable development. These systems can be formal or informal. Formal systems include those prescribed by ISO 14001 and 14004.
A systematic approach for organizations to bring environmental considerations into decision making and day-to-day operations. It also establishes a system for tracking, evaluating and communicating environmental performance. An EMS helps ensure that major environmental risks and liabilities are identified, minimized and managed. The ISO 14001 standard, Environmental Management Systems, is the standard within the ISO 14000 series that specifies the requirements of an environmental management system. See also ISO 14000
a structured approach for determining, implementing and reviewing environmental policy through the use of a system which includes organisational structure, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources.