ISO 14001:2004 Section 4.3.4, Environmental Management Program(s), requires that organizations establish and maintain one or more environmental management programs for achieving their objectives. The environmental management program is a key element to the success of an EMS. Properly designed and implemented, environmental management programs should achieve the objectives and, consequently, improve your organization’s environmental performance.
According to ISO 14001 Section 4.3.4 the environmental management program must:
1. address each environmental objective and target
2. designate the personnel responsible for achieving targets at each relevant function and level of the
3. provide an “action plan” describing how each environmental target will be achieved
4. establish a time-frame or a schedule for achieving each target.
An environmental management program is an action plan or a series of action plans to achieve an environmental objective.