Headline
Continued certification for environmental management for the council
Date
Tue, 24 Sep 2019
Description

The council has been recommended to continue to hold the international standard for environmental management (ISO14001:2015), following a recent independent audit by NQA.

What did the external auditor say?

As part of his assessment, external auditor Richard Walsh spoke to staff across the council and undertook a number of visits to council sites and facilities, including East Riding Leisure Driffield, the ergo centre, Annie Reed Road Depot, The Old School House, the Flamborough Head and Filey European Marine Site and the Pocklington Flood Alleviation Scheme.

“There is a very clear and demonstrable wish across the council to ensure that environmental performance improvement and the wider sustainable development agenda are core to its running and on-going activities,” said Mr Walsh in his report.

What is EMS?

To manage environmental impacts the council operates an Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS manages all of the environmental aspects of the council’s work and is looked after by the sustainable development team within the economic development service.

The EMS assesses the organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, helps identify and manage significant impacts, saves money by increasing efficiency, ensures compliance with environmental legislation and provides benchmarks for improvement.

Council reaction

Paul Bell, head of economic development and communications, said: “I would like to thank all staff who were involved in the audit process for their time and for their diligence in preparing for it.

“It is important that the council recognises that its operations can have an impact on the environment, both locally and within a wider context.

“The recommendation for certification to continue demonstrates the council’s commitment to fulfilling its legal requirements as well as its moral duty to help preserve and protect the environment.”

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