An Environmental Management System (EMS) Primer for Ports: Advancing Port Sustainability

An Environmental Management System (EMS) Primer for Ports: Advancing Port Sustainability

This document is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) activities to facilitate adoption of Environmental Management Systems (EMSs). The primer provides a brief overview of the element in the context of an EMS to provide ports with general EMS concepts, real life examples of how ports have implemented the element within their operations, and discussion of how each element can be extended to include facets of broader sustainability. An EMS, as a formal system for proactively managing the environmental footprint of a port, provides a structured framework designed to achieve continual environmental improvement beyond regulatory compliance. An EMS can help ports to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and minimize negative impacts on human health and the environment.

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