Both private and public organizations are increasingly recognising the importance of environment management for long-term viability. A greater need has been identified for professionals with an in-depth understanding of sustainability management and other environmental management systems. The demand for high-qualified environmental professionals is increasing rapidly in the green jobs market.

What is Environmental Management, exactly?

It’s a method for developing standards and policies to reduce environmental impacts of an organization. An environment management system may be formalized or informal, created by external experts or formally used internally.

An environmental management program covers a broad range of environmental problems, some of which may not be addressed in the full extent.

* Air Pollution* Ecosystems, wildlife, and habitat impacts* Fuel consumption
* Environmental remediation and clean-up
* Environmental performance of vendors/contractors
* Greenhouse gas emissions
* Management of hazardous waste
* Indoor air quality
* Land Use Patterns
* Raw materials used
* Solid waste production & recycling
* Toxic chemical use
* Wastewater Management
* Water consumption indoors and outdoors as well as in manufacturing or industrial processes
* Water quality measurements

The specific nature of the work and the outcomes desired will impact the scope of an organization’s environmental management program. The following structures are typical:

* Audit of current environmental activity, waste production, energy consumption, and other environmental variables
* Drafting of policies and procedures as part a broad internal environment policy
* Develop benchmarks to conserve water and energy, decrease pollution and emissions, conserve land, and limit waste and chemical use
* Provide awareness training and training to employees and others
* Measure results can be used to compile compliance reports and certifications for the environment.

Environmental Management Systems offer many benefits

There are many benefits for schools, government agencies, businesses and nonprofits that implement environmental management systems.

• Reduced costs of waste disposal, chemicals water, and energy
* Higher efficiency in resource use, which results in lower cost
* Higher loyalty from shareholders and employees
* Better public reputation and more marketing opportunities
• Reduced risk due to compliance and environmental certification
* Protection from rising energy cost and price fluctuations

Environmental management is still a novel differentiation method, but it will soon become business-as-usual as more executives realize the benefits of sustainability.

Role for Environmental Professionals

Depending on many factors, an environmental professional could engage a customer who is either an employer or a client for whom they receive payment for their services. No matter what relationship you have, remember these basic personal rules:

* Be sure to follow all the laws.
* Use ethics to seek out advice from a lawyer and/or environmental agency.
* Evaluate the situation and attempt to identify the root cause of the problem and the current state.
* Seek out other professionals for possible alternative solutions.
* Give suggestions about alternatives
* Regulate, control and monitor environmental activities
* Stop allowing the situation to escalate.

Appropriate environmental management is critical for successful business operations, to reduce liability and to maintain human and environmental health. EDP work with clients from every industry to provide a tailored approach to reduce their risk and meet their objectives.

Our team combine expertise from across Australia and overseas to create a unique solution in collaboration with our clients, often including technical experts from a variety of disciplines to achieve this.

EDP’s environmental service areas include:

  • Environmental Assessments
  • Underground Storage Tank Management
  • Remediation and Contamination Management
  • Waste Classification and Management
  • Groundwater Assessments
  • Health and Environmental Risk Assessment

To speak to one of our expert team call 02 8484 5810 or email enquiries@edp-au.com