ISO 14001:2004 & Environmental Management System
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a systematic process for managing our Utilities Department services that may have an impact the environment of Palm Bay and the surrounding region.
The EMS provides the structure for implementing environmental programs, demonstrating performance in achieving environmental objectives and communicating our actions. The EMS allows the Utilities Department to operate with greater efficiency and control. Simply stated the EMS encourages the Utilities Department to:
- SAY what Utilities does through the EMS,
- DO what Utilities says it does by monitoring
and measuring activities, and
- PROVE that Utilities does what it says by documenting our activities.
ISO 14000:2004 is the international standard for environmental management for both private and public agencies. The purpose of ISO 14000:2004 is focus on what an organization does to minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities and to ensure that the organization continually improves its environmental performance.
Certification of an EMS results after an independent, external body audits the organization’s EMS and verifies that it conforms to the ISO 14001:2004 standards. Registration occurs when the external auditing body records the certification in the client register.
On August 4, 2008, the Palm Bay Utilities Department became registered as an ISO
EMS BENEFITS FOR PBUD