An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a management tool that enables an organization to control the impacts of its activities, products, or services on the environment. It is a structured approach for setting and achieving environmental objectives and targets, and for demonstrating that they have been achieved. The EMS requires an organization to have in place the mechanisms, policies and structure to comply with environmental legislation and regulations and to evaluate such mechanisms, policies and structure with the objective of continual improvement.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from 130 countries. This non-governmental organization was established in 1947 to promote the standardization of related economic activities around the world. In 1996, ISO developed an international standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001. This standard was subsequently updated in 2004.
The Environmental Management Systems for DMI Woodlands operations received certification to ISO 14001 following an audit from independent registrars in August 2005. The EMS standardizes environmental management for the Forest Resources operations and will help ensure environmental performance improves over time. DMI recognizes that the ISO 14001 standard is an essential step in achieving independent recognition of our commitment to sustainable forest management.
Scope of the EMS
The EMS outlines the requirements to enable the Woodlands Department (Woodlands) to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which Woodlands subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects.
The scope of the Woodlands EMS is “All Sustainable Forest Management and operational activities carried out by DMI-PRPD and it’s contractors on public and private lands required to supply the fibre requirements of the Peace River Pulp Mill.”
The EMS applies to those environmental aspects that Woodlands identifies as those it can control and those which it can influence.
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