As a major employer, land user and consumer of natural resources, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) acknowledges its environmental and social responsibilities as well as the importance of having a solid environmental policy, which underlines its ability to achieve high standards of environmental performance. For the effective implementation of its Environmental Policy, the MOD established an Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage, monitor and control all processes.
In December 2005, the Secretary of the MOD created the Environmental Committee, which in June 2006 published the Defence Environmental Policy that is promoted through six strategic policy objectives, including: Adopt and implement innovative best practice approaches that fulfill and promote MOD and stakeholder requirements; Integrate MOD activities, business processes and decisions into a sustainable environmental management system, including resource efficiency and pollution prevention; Establish clear lines of accountability for environmental outcomes; Raise the environmental awareness of Defence personnel through education, training and ready access to information; Measure and report environmental performance as part of a process of continual improvement; Maintain transparency in decision-making and establish strategic partnerships with key environmental stakeholders.
The EMS details accountabilities for environmental and safety management initiatives. The MODs Environmental Action Plan describes environmental and safety policies around sustainability issues. It includes:
and dormitories) are designed based on the principles of ‘Green Buildings’.
|Award category:||going green|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
|Type of activity:|
|Keywords:||Environmental policy, Environmental Management System, EMAS verification|
|Short English description:||For the effective implementation of its Environmental Policy, the MOD established an Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage, monitor and control all processes.|
|Organisation:||Ministry of Defence|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||6-10|
|EU membership:||EU member|