An EMS follows a “Plan, Do, Check” cycle, and is a model that can be used by a wide range of businesses, from manufacturing facilities to service industries, delivering a method of maintaining a cycle of continuous improvement. Many businesses have chosen to adopt an EMS based on ISO 14001, in order to formalise their management systems and structure under an internationally recognised framework. An EMS does not in itself establish additional environmental compliance requirements or any performance levels, but instead provides the framework for a business to meet its own environmental goals and objectives. Steps to developing a resource efficiency management system A structured resource efficiency management system consists of a set of well-planned steps aimed at reducing resource consumption (and production costs), and increasing productivity. Establish organisational position Commit resources, formalise policy statement Understand your resource use Set objectives 65 Imp lem ent and mo nito r env iron me ntal ly sus tain abl e wor k pra ctic es BSBSUS401
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices Identify opportunities Evaluate business opportunities Establish action plan and project measurement criteria Implement action plan Assess benefits and review future needs A resource efficiency site assessment procedure (RESA) A resource efficiency site assessment (RESA) aims to; Quantify overall site resource consumption and waste generation Identify the activities that use the majority of resources and generate the majority of waste Quantify resource consumption and waste generation for each significant activity Identify opportunities for resource efficiency improvement Assess the business-wide resource efficiency impacts, the implementation cost, and the annual cost savings that would be achieved from implementing each opportunity Prioritise the list of actions to be implemented so that an action plan can be developed. The RESA does not include assessment levels. Rather, it is suggested that for each task included in the RESA you begin with an initial (basic) assessment and as you progress within each task and through the assessment and your understanding of resource efficiency at your premises grows, you should undertake more detailed analysis to revise your estimates and assumptions. Basic/initial assessment This initial assessment level is designed to provide an overview of resource consumption and waste generation at your premises. A high-level analysis (for example, a desktop analysis) of the major contributors to resource consumption and waste generation could be undertaken in order to assess where resource savings could be made. A basic assessment should generate a list of potential opportunities to increase resource efficiency with indicative savings and costs, which require further investigation. Accuracy of figures would generally be within ± 40%.
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