P2Rx Home
  Advancing pollution prevention as a cornerstone of sustainability.
The P2Rx™ Topic Hub™ Project
Archived: P2Rx no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

Browse by Keyword

EMS in Government: Reasons for Change
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
EMS P2 Design Tools
Case Studies
Reasons for Change
Where To Go for P2 Help
P2 Opportunities
Complete List of Links

Essential Links:

Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) - European Union
Website for EMAS, the primary EMS throughout Europe, which incorporates both the ISO 14001 standards...

Environmental Management Systems - US EPA
EPA's very large website on EMSs, with overviews, policies, documents, links, support and project in...

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)
A worldwide resource focusing on urban environmental management issues, with reports, databases, pub...

The benefits of an EMS to a public agency differ from the private sector in that there is usually no competitive advantage or demand from clients to implement an EMS. However, many of the other benefits are the same, and include:

  • Increased compliance;
  • Enhanced cooperation among staff due to training and understanding of job responsibilities and impacts of job duties;
  • Enhanced skill level of staff and increased consistency of performing job duties;
  • Prioritization of efforts based on environmental assessment;
  • Training program with a tracking system so that training is not missed;
  • Document control program so that staff can access the latest versions of documents with confidence;
  • Checking and review process prevents problems;
  • Centralized list of legal and other requirements so that individual requirements are not forgotten;
  • Framework for moving beyond compliance;
  • Vehicle for positive change;
  • Improved employee morale;
  • Enhanced public image;
  • Reduced costs of employee turnover (simplifies training process and ensures that information isn't lost with personnel);
  • A way to unify existing environmental efforts under a single program;
  • Method of identifying the root causes of environmental problems to prevent them from recurring;
  • A way to be more competitive with the private sector;
  • Improved public image and trust (i.e. customer satisfaction);
  • Reduced operating costs - especially important with a limited resource base (human and financial);
  • Establishes the agency as a leader among government agencies in environmental issues; allows the facility to "walk the talk"; and
  • Potential for reduced compliance burden - EPA has accepted EMS documentation as one WWTD's portion of the Maintenance, Operation and Management Compliance (MOM) Program


The Topic Hub™ is a product of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)

The EMS in Government Topic Hub™ was developed by:

Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange
Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange
Contact email: abray@newmoa.org

Hub Last Updated: 7/9/2009