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An EMS is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. ISO 14001 is an international standard developed by a technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)for environmental management systems. The standard was published in 1996 and was updated in 2004. The standard consists of specifications for developing and implementing environmental management systems. ISO 14001 outlines 17 elements that must be followed if a facility wishes to be in conformance.
IDEM has two voluntary recognition programs for businesses and communities that implement an EMS.