Environment refers to the surroundings and conditions that consist of the air, water, food and other elements where organisms live and get their sustenance to perform their life functions. Human beings live in two worlds: first, the natural environment that plants, animals, water, and they themselves are part of; and second, man-made social institutions that were created with the use of science and technology. These two worlds must work in harmony, which man describes as a healthy relationship. Anything that disrupts the healthy relationship between the two will affect human beings physically, socially and psychologically.
However, man seems to have abused his management of his world, especially that of his environment. As humans have become aware of the negative impacts of his abuse, they have created an environment management system to monitor, regulate and treat the basic elements of that environment. This system is a tool that aims to ensure that there is an improvement of the environmental functions and compliance to set standards. This includes software to facilitate the records and reports of environmental measurements.
Factories and manufacturing industries are one of the biggest contributors harming the environment, and governments have issued policies to manage this.
Waste monitoring of the Environment Management System (EMS) refers to a system that tracks the quantity and types of wastes created and how and where they are recycled, treated, or even disposed. A software-based EMS aims to comprehensively monitor waste activities, make reports for stakeholders and government agencies, and attain a centralized regulation on the carriers and disposal places that can lessen negative risks and effects. Industries using this software can lower their costs for waste management and waste disposal, and curb their uses of raw materials.
Water is an important component of any business or industrial company. The costs in getting water and treating wastewater, whether onsite or from a municipal resource, are important especially to places where there is a shortage, which can affect the production, especially that of the food and beverage industries. With a software-based EMS, an industry or a business can keep data on water utilization and wastewater quality and receive auto notifications when quality levels are at stake. This software will provide efficient reports to pertinent government agencies to achieve reduction goals.
Air has always been seen through a high-risk management angle, and government has been strictly monitoring air emissions from industries and factories to ensure that these industries are following the standard requirements. This includes the amounts of the sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With an effective software-based EMS, an industry can keep data on air emissions and other related activities through a cost-effective system and create a report for stakeholders and government alike. This information can also be utilized to evaluate the cost to the industry and generate pollution reduction plans and GHG strategies.
Energy is essential to every industry and businesses, as it helps them to execute their operations. Power is equal to a cost in the form of an energy bill where less energy utilized means lower costs. It is easier to gather data on the energy consumed by a single site industry, but an effective software-based EMS in abeyance to the ISO 50001 will allow larger organizations to access data and information from many locations and even regions for faster analysis of where power-saving strategies can be implemented most effectively.