Information about how the council manage impacts on the environment, environmental management system, what EMAS is, what environmental policy and the statement are, how the council works with others and how we deal with pollution incidents.
We use an Environmental Management System and Environmental Policy to manage the effects of our operations and services on the natural environment, both locally and beyond. We are also committed, where practical, to encouraging and supporting others to reduce their own environmental impacts, and to continuously improving the environment for the benefit of residents, employees, businesses and visitors.
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a structured framework which is used by organisations to manage their significant environmental impacts, performance and responsibilities.
We operate an EMS which meets the requirements ofISO14001:2004 and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), as explained further down this page.
For more information about ISO14001, please follow the link below to the IEMA website:
IEMA (external website - opens in new window)
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary initiative designed to improve the environmental performance of a company or organisation. EMAS accreditation is an internationally recognised ‘gold standard’ for environmental management.
The aim of EMAS is to recognise and reward those organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve their environmental performance. It is a requirement of the scheme that participating organisations regularly produce a public environmental statement, which reports on their environmental performance over the past year.
It is the voluntary publication of environmental information, which has been checked for accuracy and reliability by an independent and externally-accredited environmental auditor, that gives EMAS and those organisations that participate in it enhanced credibility and recognition.
We first received EMAS certification in summer 2009.
The Environmental Policy explains how we intend to improve the quality of life in the East Riding by ensuring that local communities are healthy, thriving, prosperous, safe and environmentally sustainable. Each year, we produce an Environmental Statement to report our progress against the objectives in the Environmental Policy.
The current Environmental Policy was adopted in July 2014 and draws together all strands of environmental work across the council to guide our organisation towards continuous environmental improvement. It covers work areas including climate change, the natural environment, the built environment, and sustainable resource management.
We work with local residents, public bodies and organisations on environmental issues, including the Energy Savings Trust, WRAP, Investors in the Environment, HCF CATCH, Your Climate and Yorkshire Water.
Our Environmental Management System (EMS) as detailed at the top of this page identifies potential pollution risks and includes our procedures for reducing those risks.
Our environmental control officers can investigate complaints of nuisance arising from steam, odour, dust, light, effluvia, accumulations, deposits, fly-tipping, noise and animals; deal with defective or blocked drainage systems; respond to illegal encampments, and investigate filthy or infested premises.