An environmental management system (EMS) ensures that government agencies and public or private businesses can limit their negative impact on the environment while running efficiently. An EMS is designed to structure planning processes, apply principles, monitor results and correct operations. This structure is designed to improve business operations and reduce environmental impact efficiently.
During the cycle of an environmental management system, many outcomes can be predicted and expected. These include developing high-quality environmental awareness and compliance, conserving resources, increasing profits and costs, and improving public image to expand markets. Although increased profits can be expected in the long run, there are upfront costs associated with outsourcing an EMS such as employee training, technical analysis and consultants.