systematic approach that can be used by any enterprise or organisation to identify and manage its impacts on the environment. It is a management tool that helps to achieve continuous improvement through a “plan, do, check, act” cycle that can include best management practices and codes of practice. An EMS can be externally audited and may be certified to the international standard, ISO 14001.
a structured approach to improve environmental outcomes on farms through identification of issues, determining and measuring environmental objectives and targets, Commonwealth EMS, ( http://www.deh.gov.au/land/management/ems/) Victorian EMS. ( http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/dse/nrence.nsf/LinkView/5AD7C889DED359714A256AED000C74EF8062D358172E420C4A256DEA0012F71C)
the part of the overall management system that includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining the environmental policy. (Source: International Organization for Standardization) (In 1995, the Office of the Auditor General described an approach to environmental management system implementation applicable to the federal government.)