Agenda Item No:
Amendments to Environmental Policy
Date: 16 February 2005
Director of Planning & Environmental S
Ian Kedge, Head of Environmental Health
Kia Colbeck, Environment Officer
Purpose of Report:
To present the proposed changes to Lewes District Council’s
To approve the
Reasons for Recommendations
To ensure compliance with ISO 14001 and the Eco
Management and Audit
Scheme (EMAS) and continuous improvement in Environmental Performance
Lewes District Council developed an Enviro
nmental Policy in 1997 in line
with the requirements of the Eco
Management and Audit Scheme
(EMAS) and ISO 14001: the international standard for Environmental
The Environmental Policy is a statement by the Council of its intentions
es in relation to its overall environmental performance, which
provides a framework for action and for the setting of its environmental
objectives and targets. It is the driver for implementing and improving the
environmental management system and ensuring
in environmental performance. The existing Policy is attached in the
Each year the Policy is reviewed by the Environmental Steering Group
as part of the EMAS management review.
The last management review took place on 9
December 2004 and
modifications to the Policy were proposed. These take into account
changes to the structure and function of the council, its environmental
performance, legislative changes, audit results and other information.
This is to ensure it’s cont
inuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness.
This year only minor changes were proposed to the policy. These are as
5. Land Use Planning
Develop Policies in the Local Development Frame
to protect and
enhance the built and natural environment of the District.
7. Accidents and Planning Ahead
Use Risk Management
to cut the risk of environmental accidents and put
plans in place to deal with them.
Use the ecoBUDGET
as a means of improving our existing
Environmental Management System
These changes now need approval by the Council.
no financial implications arising from the proposed modifications
I have completed the Environmental Implications Questionnaire and recorded
positive significant effects in terms of improving our environmental performance.
I have completed a risk assessment in accordance with the Council’s Risk
Management methodology and if we do not keep the environmental policy up to
date and reflective of the Council’s functions and aspirations we may risk
ing our EMAS and ISO 140001 certification.
Minutes of the Lewes District Council Environment Steering Group AGM , 5
Regulation (EC) No 761/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of
19 March 2001 allowing volunta
ry participation by organizations in a Community
Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)
Copy of Lewes District Council’s Environmental Policy 2004
Our Environmental Policy
We play a role in helping people improve the quality of life
in their community. As part of this
we aim to continually improve our environmental performance. By taking action locally we will
play our part with others in helping to improve the global environment.
We have adopted the following set of principles to gu
ide what we do. We will consider and
use best practice and technology as resources allow. In carrying out our operations we will
keep within environmental laws.
1. Sustainable Development
Help people improve the quality of life in
Consider the social, economic and environmental sustainability of work we do.
Work with local stakeholders to produce a Community Strategy to promote the economic,
social and environmental well being of communities.
l groups and community action that benefits the environment and
develop partnerships with them.
Work with other public authorities and local businesses to improve the environment.
Provide information on our environmental performance and involve the communi
ty in our
Use ‘From Global to Local: our strategy to promote sustainability’ to ensure that
sustainable development is at the heart of all work that we do.
Monitor levels of pollution.
Use available resources and
legislation to reduce air, land, water and noise pollution.
Energy and Water
Increase our energy efficiency
Work with local and national organisations to develop a Comprehensive energy strategy,
based on conserving resources and using non
Monitor how much water we use and cut our consumption.
Encourage others to conserve energy and water.
Reduce, reuse and recycle goods and materials in our work.
Cut the use of, and where possible stop usin
g, products that damage the environment in
their production, use or disposal.
Encourage local people to reduce, reuse and recycle goods and materials.
Support the Zero Waste charter, as agreed by Cabinet at its meeting in October 2003,
and will work toward
s reducing and eliminating waste in the District.
Land Use Planning
Include in the District Wide Local Plan policies to protect and enhance the built and
natural environment of the District.
Promote development that is environmentally and soci
ally sustainable through economic
development and planning.
Look at our use of transport at work and cut vehicle use and pollution.
Encourage and support a mixed transport strategy with particular emphasis on cutting car
use and prom
oting public transport, cycling and walking.
Accidents and Planning Ahead
Work to cut the risk of environmental accidents and put plans in place to deal with them.
Look at the environmental impacts of our new policies, activities and practices
they are agreed.
Include in all Best Value Service Reviews a sustainability assessment.
Aim to improve our environmental performance when we deliver our services.
Encourage our contractors to have the same environmenta
l standards as ourselves.
Meet all the requirements of the Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)
Be assessed on our environmental performance by an independent organisation.
Provide the resources needed to make these principles wo
Train our staff on EMAS and environmental issues.
Use the ecoBudget pilot project as a means of improving our existing Environmental
Management System. Continue to use principles from the ecoBudget methodology.
Look at our environmenta
l progress against our targets and publicise the results.
Take steps to correct any areas where we fail so that we meet all the conditions above.