Environmental Principles
What is an Environmental Aspects Impacts and Significance Register

Firstly you should understand what is an Environmental Aspect:-

The definition of an Environmental Aspect is 'Any part of an organisations activities, products or services that can interact with the environment, positively or negatively.'

Therefore initially using above statement you should list all parts of your business that have an effect i.e. waste streams, gas usage, electricity usage, water usage, transportation, oils, chemicals. These can then be split into sub-categories i.e. Electricity - air conditioners, lighting, compressors, equipment etc or waste - general, hazardous, packaging, paper etc.

Once you have compiled your list and sub-categories, you MUST note if any legislation is pertinent to each sub-category.

The next step is to decide a scoring system, which could involve severity, frequency, relevance to Environmental policy, cost or environmental concern.

Total up each sub-category score and those Aspects that have the highest score, you should deal with via your Objectives and Targets Register.

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