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Module 1: EMS Performance Evaluation and Continual Improvement

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The main points from this module are as follows:

Clause 9 of ISO 14001:2015, offers requirements on assessing the performance of the EMS.
The organization must develop, apply and carry out processes for the monitoring, measurement and analysis of its environmental performance.
Monitoring is carried out, to verify whether processes are compliant or non-compliant.
Measurement is the allocation of numbers or values, to particular performance events or criteria. 
Analysis is concerned with the discovery of patterns, relationships and trends in data.
Criteria is what management relates its performance with. This could be the performance of other companies, developed codes and standards, the company’s own codes, the organization’s objectives and/or historical environmental statistics.
An organization must ensure that its monitoring and measuring equipment is verified, calibrated and used appropriately.
Management must develop, apply and carry out processes for evaluating compliance with legal and other requirements.
 
An organization should use both responsive and preemptive measures regarding their environmental performance. However, they should primarily focus on proactive activities, to minimize negative effects.
Non-effective internal auditing threatens an organization’s reputation and can lead to penalties and punitive measures by regulatory bodies.