Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Partnerships
Greenhouse Gas
EMS in Russia
Engaging ISO 14000
for the Environment
EMS Links

An 'Environmental Management System' (EMS) is a set of management procedures which can be used by any enterprise - large or small - to integrate environmental considerations into its day-to-day operations. An EMS plan is designed to reduce wasteful use of resources and energy, which decreases pollution and often increases the enterprise's profitability.

ECOLOGIA and its partners are working with enterprises in transition economies as they start to use Environmental Management Systems to improve their efficiency and reduce their pollution. ECOLOGIA also participates in the development of international EMS standards, such as ISO 14000, and maintains a website that serves as a clearing house for information about EMS standards development.



When Boring is Beautiful: The March/April 2004 issue of Orion magazine features an article by Bill McKibben about ECOLOGIA's work with ISO on climate change, titled "When Boring is Beautiful: How Do You Measure Progress on Climate Change?"

Participation of Non-Governmental Organizations in International Environmental Governance, a report produced by Eco-logic Institute for International and European Environmental Policy and FIELD (Foundation for Environmental Law and Development). The summary and the full text can be found at www.Ecologic.de.

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EMS in Russia: Tools for Sustainable Development and Citizen Involvement
Together with Ecoline, its Russian affiliate, ECOLOGIA is introducing EMS to small enterprises in the Russian Federation and increasing citizen participation in EMS development and implementation. Ecoline and ECOLOGIA presented their final report on this project to IREX/USAID. For information in Russian, please see the Ecoline website.

China EMS Project
ECOLOGIA's China EMS Project seeks to work with members of China's business, government and non-profit sectors to promote the use of environmental management principles as a tool for sustainable growth and development. Together with its Chinese partners, ECOLOGIA is initiating EMS workshops and exchanges that reach out to Chinese businesses. The China EMS Project has been supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. .

Engaging ISO 14,000 for the Environment
ISO 14,000 is a major set of international standards governing environmental management systems. ECOLOGIA has developed the ISO 14,000 website to encourage the involvement of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the development and implementation of these standards. ECOLOGIA serves as an NGO liaison member of the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO's) Technical Committee 207, which is responsible for the development of ISO 14,000. The ISO 14,000 NGO Initiative includes information about ISO 14,000, case studies on successful EMS implementation, and an on-line discussion forum for interested NGOs.
Last updated: December 8, 2004