BS 8555 Environmental management systems. Guide to the phased implementation of an environmental management system including the use of environmental performance evaluation

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BS 8555:2003

Environmental management systems. Guide to the phased implementation of an environmental management system including the use of environmental performance evaluation

Status : Revised, Withdrawn   Published : April 2003 Replaced By : BS 8555:2016

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Building on BS EN ISO 14001 and the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), this British Standard provides guidance to all organizations on the phased implementation, maintenance and improvement of a formal Environmental Management System (EMS).

BS 8555 makes particular reference to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) but is applicable to any organization, regardless of the nature of the business activity undertaken, location or level of maturity.

It outlines an implementation process that can be undertaken in up to six separate phases and allows for phased acknowledgement of progress towards full EMS implementation.

It also includes advice on the integration and use of environmental performance evaluation techniques during the implementation process and the co-ordination of an EMS with other management systems.

BS 8555 will help all organizations improve their environmental performance and their supply chain relationships with the following guidance:

  • Describes a six-phase incremental approach to implementing an EMS using environmental performance evaluation.
  • Provides information to organizations on environmental performance management and the use of environmental performance indicators.
  • Helps organizations satisfy the environmental criteria increasingly being set in contract tenders by new and existing major clients.
  • Can be used by organizations who may wish to self-declare or seek voluntary phased recognition throughout the implementation process.

Beyond this, those using the standard can:

  • choose to engage in environmental performance management to the level commensurate with the risks they face
  • identify and maximize the areas of greatest potential return on investment
  • demonstrate to interested parties that progress is being made towards the target level of environmental management.

Contents of BS 8555 include:

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Normative references
  • Terms and definitions
  • Implementation process
  • Additional support tools
  • The EMAS Regulation 
  • Links between BS 8555 and BS EN ISO 14001:1996
  • Bibliography



Standard NumberBS 8555:2003
TitleEnvironmental management systems. Guide to the phased implementation of an environmental management system including the use of environmental performance evaluation
StatusRevised, Withdrawn
Publication Date25 April 2003
Confirm Date02 August 2013
Withdrawn Date31 December 2016
Cross ReferencesBS EN ISO 9001:2000, BS EN ISO 14001:1996, BS EN ISO 14031:2000, BS EN ISO 19011:2002, BS ISO 14004:1996, PD ISO/TR 14032:2000, EC Regulation No. 761/2001
Replaced ByBS 8555:2016
Draft Superseded By02/400784 DC
DescriptorsEnvironmental management, Environmental engineering, Management techniques, Management, Performance, Performance testing, Quality auditing Environmental management systems
ICS03.100.70
13.020.10
CommitteeSES/1/1
ISBN0 580 41471 X
PublisherBSI
FormatA4
DeliveryNo
Pages76
File Size1.429 MB
Price£244.00


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