EMAS and ISO 14001
JMG Solutions Ltd assists private and public sector clients in achieving the relevant ISO 14001 or EMAS standard. We assess the likely impact on your business of environmental and social issues, new regulations, consumer concerns, and supply chain issues. We then help you to develop appropriate policies and management systems to manage these business risks. Our Environmental Management Systems (EMS) team will
prepare your submission and work through the management system accreditation process to help you achieve the standard.
Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and ISO 14001
Under the EU`s Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), companies and other organisations commit themselves to evaluate, manage and improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001 acts as a stepping stone in moving towards EMAS.
Instead of implementing full EMS such as ISO 14001 or EMAS, some businesses prefer to achieve accreditation in a staged or phased way, minimising interruption to core activities. Phased introduction of an EMS is suitable for manufacturing SMEs and may be grant-aided. JMG Solutions Ltd can assist and provide guidance on these grants. Such an EMS could also include the Green Dragon System.
A phased approach to EMS typically consists of achieving the following series of levels:
Quantifying material inputs and outputs (water, waste, air and noise emissions)
Establishing a register of relevant environmental legislation and compliance requirements
Identifying significant environmental impacts
Developing and establishing an environmental programme and appropriate operational controls for site activity
On-going review and modification for continuous improvement and meeting the commitment’s laid down in a company Environmental Policy Statement
Saving Costs and Reaping Benefits
At JMG Solutions Ltd, our EMS team has extensive experience in preparing and implementing practical systems. Our goal is to facilitate the organisations we work with in developing an EMS that will drive both environmental and business performances – achieving real savings and real benefits.
JMG Solutions Ltd is a leading provider of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). These are required for certain developments as part of planning applications.
Where a proposed development is found to create an adverse impact on the environment, mitigation measures will be needed to minimise this impact.
In some instances an EIA may not be required due to the scale and nature of the development. An environmental report or feasibility study can be carried out in the early planning stages to determine the developments environmental impact at a particular site, without going into the detailed assessment required for an EIA / EIS.
JMG Solutions Ltd carryout these studies using our in-house suitably qualified experts, and we also develop Environmental Reports, Environmental Risk Assessments and Feasibility Studies.
A Building Energy Rating is a label, not unlike the efficiency rating given to white goods such as fridges, freezers, and washing machines. The label indicates the energy rating of a property. The rating is expressed in the form of performance bands, 'A' being the most energy efficient to 'G' being the least energy efficient.
What does a certificate look like?
What are the legal implications for non-compliance?
There is a maximum fine of up to €5,000 for not getting a Building Energy Rating when required.
How is it calculated?
The calculation includes building fabric, ventilation, space and water heating, and lighting. These values coupled with measurements taken from the drawings of the property culminate in the achievement of an energy label. The rating is expressed in the form of performance bands, rated on a scale of A to G, with 'A' being the most energy efficient, and 'G' being the least energy efficient.
How can I improve my Energy Rating?
The Building Energy Rating Certificate comes with an accompanying advisory report. This report outlines recommendations as to what you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home. You may then choose to implement some or all of the changes outlined.
JMG Solutions Ltd recommendations may include but is not limited to:
Increasing the insulation in the walls/attic/floors
Installing advanced energy efficient windows/doors
Measures to achieve controlled, healthy ventilation
Replace an old or inefficient boiler with a more efficient boiler
Installing modern heating controls
Installing certain types of renewable energy heating systems
Insulating the hot water cylinder and pipe work
The advisory report is a key tool for all home buyers. It is particularly useful to those who have just purchased an existing dwelling which they plan to improve or remodel in their early stages of occupancy. This report will outline to you how you can gain the full benefit of energy usage in your home. It will help save you money from the moment you move in.
JMG Solutions Ltd is a specialist provider of ESOS Assessments and we take pride in helping our clients stay ahead of the ever-changing Energy Legislation. We will determine the most appropriate route to compliance for your organisation and take you through each step of the process. Please contact us today to discuss further”
Why has it come about?
The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the government’s proposed approach to meeting the requirements set out in Article 8 EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The Directive, which came into force on the 14th November 2012, requires all member states to introduce a programme of regular energy audits. All qualifying organisations are expected to conduct an audit by 5th December 2015 and then undertake one at least every four years after the initial audit.
Who does it apply too?
The scheme is mandatory for all non -SMEs (i.e. large “enterprises”). The document defines SMEs as “enterprises” which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million. For the purpose of the Directive, an enterprise is defined as ‘any entity engaged in an economic activity, irrespective of its legal form’. This means that the scheme will apply to large companies, but also organisation such as partnerships, charitable incorporated organisations and certain universities. Public bodies however are exempt from the scheme as they are defined as a ‘contracting authority’.