Environmental audits are tools that evaluate the effectiveness of existing environmental management systems, indicating whether the organisation is operating in an environmentally responsible manner (that complies with the organisation’s environmental policies and environmental legislation) and thereby avoid costly or nuisance surprises. In addition, environmental audits identify weaknesses and risk areas in terms of potential environmental disasters and provide a forum for the exchange of technical knowledge and the identification of areas where costs can be saved.
Environmental auditing is applicable to all business sectors. It is of particular value to businesses involved in industrial activities and having to meet certain requirements in terms of environmental legislation. It is also of great value to companies exporting products to overseas markets that are sensitive to the environmental performance of their suppliers.
- Compliance audits
- Action plans
- Due diligence
- Environmental liability assessments