The EMS Association is offering delegates to the National Forum the opportunity to attend one of two Ecomapping workshops on Monday, 19 May 2008, between 1pm and 5pm.
Ecomapping is "the skinniest, simplest way to improve environmental performance by virtue of being both time-efficient and cost-efficient while having the add-on modules taking you to ISO 14001." (Roger Carthew)
It uses maps and a standardized system of recording templates which leads to certification. Its preferred mode of delivery to clients is through clusters of businesses working within the same industry sector or region, resulting in very low cost installation and, in addition to the creation of networks, allows consultants to earn a fair return.
EcomappingTM is proving to be a valuable tool in addressing challenges arising from climate change (sustainability, carbon emissions, greenhouse gases etc.). It is endorsed by the European Union and used extensively throughout Europe and increasingly throughout the world.
The website (http://www.ecomapping.org/en/index.html) describes it as follows:
Ecomapping is a creative tool that helps small companies to implement environmental management , ISO 14001 and the Community Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). This visual and practical tool helps SME managers and employees to analyse and manage the environmental performance of small companies and craft industries.
The purpose of Ecomapping is to provide small companies and organisations with a free, visual, simple and practical tool to analyse and manage their environmental behaviour. It involves making a map of an organisation’s site, for example, a shop floor, a workshop, an office, or a community centre to create an understanding of an organisation’s current environmental situation.
Ecomapping is not a goal in itself, but a process framework that helps to define and prioritise environmental problems and issues to act upon. Once completed, Ecomapping can serve as the basis for a wider environmental management system.
Ecomapping has several functions as :