Certificate in Business and the Environment Online Course

Learn the principles underlying environmental management

Certificate in Business and the Environment Online Course

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Learn The Principles Underlying Environmental Management

In 1990 the concept of the environmental management system (EMS) was new to many organisations. However, it has subsequently developed very rapidly, becoming the subject of a number of international standards and schemes. The first national environmental management standard, BS7750, was published in 1992 and the European Union (or Community as it was then called) adopted the same basic approach in 1993 with the introduction of its Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). An international standard, ISO 14001, replaced BS 7750 in 1996. In this course we look at how these standards and schemes have developed, the differences between them, and what benefits an organisation can expect to gain from adopting a recognised EMS.

While neither ISO 14001 nor EMAS prescribe the level of environmental performance to be achieved, they do require a commitment to continual improvement. The extent of this improvement is for the individual organisation to decide and should be quantified in objectives and targets where practicable. At first glance, continual improvement may appear to be a particularly onerous commitment, but it is vital if the environmental management system is to be seen as credible by interested parties. This course looks at the importance and benefits of continual improvement, how it can be achieved, and how some of the barriers to its achievement can be overcome.

Any organisation undertaking a programme of continual improvement needs not only to establish procedures for its work processes but also to regard all procedures, and the processes to which they relate, as being capable of improvement. This course focuses on what is involved in improving work procedures and processes in order to reduce the environmental impacts of your organisation.

A sudden environmental crisis - such as a large fire, explosion, release of toxic gas or major water pollution incident - is probably the most feared occurrence by individuals with responsibility for an organisation's environmental performance. However, slow-acting pollution incidents can create a crisis that damages not only the environment but also the organisation, both financially and in terms of its reputation - and the reputation of its products - among the public.

Emergency planning is required to deal with any incident that could result in loss of life, ill health or damage to the environment.

By the end of the course you should be able  to:

  • Outline the basic principles underlying environmental management.
  • Describe some of the environmental management guidance, systems and schemes available to your organisation.
  • Describe the development and purpose of environmental management systems and standards.
  • Outline the main requirements and differences between ISO 14001 and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), and explain the appropriateness of each to your organisation.
  • Describe the various methods available for implementing an environmental management system (EMS) in your organisation.
  • Outline the benefits of integrating an EMS into existing management systems within the organisation
  • Describe the importance of achieving continual improvement within the EMS.
  • Outline the benefits, risks and costs to your organisation of improving environmental performance.
  • Explain the importance of commitment at all levels in the organisation to the successful implementation of an EMS.
  • Explain the role of working methods in the environmental performance of your organisation.
  • Outline the methods available for assessing the environmental impacts of work procedures and processes.
  • Explain how changes can be successfully made to work procedures and processes.
  • Explain the environmental consequences of sudden and gradual pollution incidents.
  • Describe the measures to be taken in the event of a pollution incident occurring in your organisation.
  • Explain the importance of devising emergency plans to deal with the environmental effects of accidents.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of Business and the Environment
  2. Comprehensive 9 module Certificate in Business and the Environment Online Course
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading Business and the Environment experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Environmental Management Systems, Schemes and Standards

  • 1.1 Environmental management principles
  • 1.2 Environmental management systems and standards
  • 1.3 Main elements of EMAS
  • 1.4 Main elements of ISO 14001
  • 1.5 Strategic environmental management
  • 1.6 Integrated management

Continual Improvement

  • 2.1 What is continual improvement?  
  • 2.2 Benefits of improved environmental performance
  • 2.3 Challenges to the implementation of an improvement programme
  • 2.4 The importance of commitment
  • 2.5 Implementing a continual improvement programme
  • 2.6 Sustainable development

Working Methods

  • 3.1 The importance of environmental procedures
  • 3.2 Assessment of procedures and processes
  • 3.3 Implementing changes to procedures and processes

Response to Damage to the Environment

  • 4.1 Fire, explosion  and toxic gas releases
  • 4.2 Contaminated land
  • 4.3 Pollution of surface water
  • 4.4 Emergency plans

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Open entry

Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
About this Course

Learn The Principles Underlying Environmental Management

In 1990 the concept of the environmental management system (EMS) was new to many organisations. However, it has subsequently developed very rapidly, becoming the subject of a number of international standards and schemes. The first national environmental management standard, BS7750, was published in 1992 and the European Union (or Community as it was then called) adopted the same basic approach in 1993 with the introduction of its Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). An international standard, ISO 14001, replaced BS 7750 in 1996. In this course we look at how these standards and schemes have developed, the differences between them, and what benefits an organisation can expect to gain from adopting a recognised EMS.

While neither ISO 14001 nor EMAS prescribe the level of environmental performance to be achieved, they do require a commitment to continual improvement. The extent of this improvement is for the individual organisation to decide and should be quantified in objectives and targets where practicable. At first glance, continual improvement may appear to be a particularly onerous commitment, but it is vital if the environmental management system is to be seen as credible by interested parties. This course looks at the importance and benefits of continual improvement, how it can be achieved, and how some of the barriers to its achievement can be overcome.

Any organisation undertaking a programme of continual improvement needs not only to establish procedures for its work processes but also to regard all procedures, and the processes to which they relate, as being capable of improvement. This course focuses on what is involved in improving work procedures and processes in order to reduce the environmental impacts of your organisation.

A sudden environmental crisis - such as a large fire, explosion, release of toxic gas or major water pollution incident - is probably the most feared occurrence by individuals with responsibility for an organisation's environmental performance. However, slow-acting pollution incidents can create a crisis that damages not only the environment but also the organisation, both financially and in terms of its reputation - and the reputation of its products - among the public.

Emergency planning is required to deal with any incident that could result in loss of life, ill health or damage to the environment.

By the end of the course you should be able  to:

  • Outline the basic principles underlying environmental management.
  • Describe some of the environmental management guidance, systems and schemes available to your organisation.
  • Describe the development and purpose of environmental management systems and standards.
  • Outline the main requirements and differences between ISO 14001 and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), and explain the appropriateness of each to your organisation.
  • Describe the various methods available for implementing an environmental management system (EMS) in your organisation.
  • Outline the benefits of integrating an EMS into existing management systems within the organisation
  • Describe the importance of achieving continual improvement within the EMS.
  • Outline the benefits, risks and costs to your organisation of improving environmental performance.
  • Explain the importance of commitment at all levels in the organisation to the successful implementation of an EMS.
  • Explain the role of working methods in the environmental performance of your organisation.
  • Outline the methods available for assessing the environmental impacts of work procedures and processes.
  • Explain how changes can be successfully made to work procedures and processes.
  • Explain the environmental consequences of sudden and gradual pollution incidents.
  • Describe the measures to be taken in the event of a pollution incident occurring in your organisation.
  • Explain the importance of devising emergency plans to deal with the environmental effects of accidents.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of Business and the Environment
  2. Comprehensive 9 module Certificate in Business and the Environment Online Course
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading Business and the Environment experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Environmental Management Systems, Schemes and Standards

  • 1.1 Environmental management principles
  • 1.2 Environmental management systems and standards
  • 1.3 Main elements of EMAS
  • 1.4 Main elements of ISO 14001
  • 1.5 Strategic environmental management
  • 1.6 Integrated management

Continual Improvement

  • 2.1 What is continual improvement?  
  • 2.2 Benefits of improved environmental performance
  • 2.3 Challenges to the implementation of an improvement programme
  • 2.4 The importance of commitment
  • 2.5 Implementing a continual improvement programme
  • 2.6 Sustainable development

Working Methods

  • 3.1 The importance of environmental procedures
  • 3.2 Assessment of procedures and processes
  • 3.3 Implementing changes to procedures and processes

Response to Damage to the Environment

  • 4.1 Fire, explosion  and toxic gas releases
  • 4.2 Contaminated land
  • 4.3 Pollution of surface water
  • 4.4 Emergency plans

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Open entry

Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 

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Course ID No.: 009OABED
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited Lifetime Access
Tutor Support: Yes
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Qualification: Certificate of Completion

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