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1 CVEN3701 Workshop – Week 3 Environmental Management Systems Public Environmental Reporting Assignment 1 Reminder See document CVEN3701_ASSIGNMENT1_2016.pdf Sign up to groups in Moodle (self selection, 3 students, use group discussion forum if you want) Use CVEN3701_Assignment_Cover_Sheet_2016.doc One student of each group submits one document on Turnitin once (first submission is final). Assignment 1 is due at 5pm on Wednesday, 6 th of April 2016 . Introduction The aim of this Workshop is to provide an understanding of the ISO 14001 framework for Environmental Management Systems, and to illustrate how EMSs for operating facilities can be developed and continually improved over time. The introduction provides a list of challenges facing companies in the environmental area. Both Environmental Policies as well as Environmental Management Systems should respond to these challenges. The exercises investigate how well the UNSW's policy and EMS covers the requirements laid out in ISO 14001. We also examine UNSW's sustainability report to understand how it can be improved. Learning outcomes After the study of this unit you will be able to: Know the required content of an ISO 14001 EMS. Discuss the reasons for the general, non-outcome specific nature of ISO 14001, and provide reasons why it may lead to environmental improvements. Make suggestions for improving environmental/sustainability reporting. Material for this Workshop Download from Moodle > CVEN3701 > Week 3 > Workshop UNSW_Environment_Policy_2015.pdf UNSW_Environmental_Management_Plan.pdf ISO 14001 EMS Checklist.docx ISO_14001_2015.pdf ISO_14004_2016.pdf
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2 CVEN3701 Workshop – Week 3 – EMS & PER Challenges and Responses Company managers, and increasingly environmental managers appointed within companies, are faced with a plethora of challenges in the area of operating their activities in an environmentally responsible way. The situation facing an Environmental Manager in a corporation is complex and dynamic. Corporations are developing policies, organisational structures and environmental management systems in order to proactively respond to these environmental challenges. Exercise 1 Scrutinise UNSW's Environment Policy by comparing it to the requirements stated in ISO 14001 and 14004. Refer to the follow ing documents and sections: UNSW_Environment_Policy_2015.pdf > Section 4. Policy Statement (page 1) ISO_14001_2015.pdf > Sections 5.2 (Environmental Policy, page 6/7) and Annex A.5.2 (Environmental Policy, page 21/22)) ISO_14004_2016.pdf > Section 5.2 (Environmental Policy, page 15/16) How well does UN SW's Environment Policy comply with ISO 14001? Is there a clear commitment towards continual improvement? Where could the policy be strengthened?
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