Resource Efficiency East (REE) provides free support to small businesses in the East of England and have recently launched a new comprehensive package of free support to assist eligible businesses to implement an environmental management system.
The EMS Club will assist businesses to understand and implement an environmental management system in a methodical, concise and staged manner, in line with recognised standards such as BS8555 and ISO14001. Support will be provided through a series of workshops designed to encourage knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer networking.
In addition businesses will have access to additional 'one-to-one' support to help them assess the priority areas within their organisation in terms of EMS implementation or get support to conduct internal audits prior to accreditation.
The EMS Club will be run as a series of 'hubs' across the region and the first workshops are scheduled to take place on the following dates;
25th June St Neots, Cambridgeshire
30th June Norwich, Norfolk
14th July, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
There will be ten workshops in total, running from June 2010 until February 2011*. Each workshop will run for approximately 3 hours and lunch will be provided afterwards to allow delegates additional opportunities to network with fellow participants.
1. An Introduction to Environmental Management
2. Environmental Policy and Environmental Performance Indicators
3. Legal and Other Requirements
4. Checking and Ongoing Legal Compliance
5. Developing Objectives, Targets and Programmes Part 1
6. Developing Objectives, Targets and Programmes Part 2
7. Implementation and Operation of the EMS Part 1
8. Implementation and Operation of the EMS Part 2
9. Internal Audit and Management Review
10. Continual Improvement and an Introduction to ISO 14001 and EMAS
The workshop sessions will be a mixture of lecture style learning, individual and group exercises, as well as open discussion between the facilitators and delegates about best practice and how to tackle key issues and barriers.
* The exact start date of each hub will be dependent on a minimum of 10-12 businesses signing up in order for that hub to start.