3A – Environmental Management System Synergies: Improve Efficiency and Performance

Course Agenda

May 9, 2019
Course Description

The establishment of an environmental management system is becoming an expectation of both regulators, investors and senior management.

This popular CANECT course, led by environmental management expert, Randy Sinukoff, of Stantec Consulting Ltd., shows how to build-in efficiency and effectiveness into your EMS from start to finish by taking advantage of synergies in areas such as: risk management; training; data management; communications; records and performance monitoring; document control; and supplier relationships.

Attend this course to learn how these best practices and strategies can help you and your organization save time and money while increasing effectiveness.

Course Chair

Randy Sinukoff, Senior Associate, Stantec Consulting Ltd.


Sandra Tavares, Principal, Tavares Group Consulting Inc. | Steven Thomas, Manager Environmental Services, Greater Toronto Airport Authority | Indra Maharjan, Program Manager, Engineering, Capital and Support Services, Ontario Clean Water Agency | Jim Moran, BSI Canada

Course begins 9 AM

Intro: The synergies created by working with common management and auditing elements
  • ISO as a Best Practice Model
    • ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems
    • ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems
    • ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems
    • ISO 45001 Health & Safety Management Systems
    • Other management systems
  • Common features of management systems
  • Common techniques used to improve performance
    • Eg., risk management analysis; communication; auditing; training; measurement
    • What are the areas of cross-over and how can they be utilized?

Integration of management systems: Is it practical/possible/desirable?
  • Exploring synergies with environment, health and safety, security, energy standards
  • Is integration of management systems possible/practical?
  • Identifying and quantifying the savings

Improving performance: Identifying synergies

1) Existing internal organizational systems

  • Efficient and cost-effective Management Systems approach to Sustainability
  • Building onto existing systems and processes to improve performance.
  • Examples such as:
    • Risk prioritization and management (‘Plan’)
    • Training and communications (‘Do’)
    • Data management including records and auditing (‘Check’)
    • Reporting to interested parties and influencing the supply / value chain (‘Act’)
  • Case studies to manage compliance and associated community and environmental concerns

2) Establish performance measures

  • Establishing and measuring baselines
  • Measuring risks and costs
  • Measuring opportunities and performance
  • Auditing
  • Benchmarking best practices

3) Systems of external organizations: Supply chains; industry organizations, government

  • Environmental stewardship, compliance and beyond, GHGs and emissions
  • Identifying third party relationships, expanding partnerships and outreach
    • Working with government organizations
  • Using your networks: Utilizing ideas from facilities/ practitioners/ industries
    • Partners in Project Green (industry outreach & learning via collaboration)
    • Canadian Airports Council (benchmarking & collaboration)
    • Waste Reduction: Utilizing Region of Peel’s partnership with Diabetes Canada
  • Products vs. services, improving resource use
  • Working for mutual benefit and reduced footprint/cost
    • Canadian Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) and YYZ (Alternative Fuels)
    • Airline Partnerships
    • Regional Transit & Passenger Centre (RTPC) (e.g. topics of growth, congestion, emissions)
  • Extending control and influence (systems for collaboration)
    • Streamlining of audit functions (e.g. safety, security, environmental, fire)
    • Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) and Airport Council International (ACI)
  • Identifying relationships with stakeholders to drive innovation and efficiency (e.g. governments, standards setting organizations, public)
  • Leveraging the knowledge based in your networks: Utilizing ideas from facilities/ practitioners/ industries
  • Products vs. services: Tangible and intangible services
  • Value creation: Working for mutual benefit and reduced footprint/cost
  • Collaboration: Extending control and influence (systems for collaboration)
  • Education and capacity building

Improving performance: Implementing synergies

1) Change management: Balancing efficiency vs. personnel buy-in

  • Simplifying processes and procedures
  • Capital vs. operating budgets
  • How to get buy-in from affected personnel
  • Working for benefit of personnel and the organization

2) Maximizing the efficiency of your registration effort

  • A registrar provides insightful hints and tips on streamlining your management system registration processes
    • Business benefits of integration: Why bother? Will it help my bottom line?
    • Certification benefits of an IMS: Will the Registrar’s audit change and be more beneficial?

3) Feedback and continual improvement: risks and opportunities

  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Ongoing engagement of interested parties
  • Action plans for continual improvement and environmental protection

Question & answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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