Sahib BhatiaSahib Bhatia asked 10 months ago
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RaviRavi Staff answered 10 months ago

First 4 Points are Purpose Related
(ii) Aim of environmental audit – A green audit may be conducted for many purposes, for example, to comply with environmental laws or as a social responsibility measure or to meet some certification requirements. But the main and ultimate aim of any environmental audit is to evaluate and control the adverse impact of economic activities of an organization on the environment.
(viii) Environmental Performance – As mentioned before, the essence of any environmental audit is to find out how well the environmental organization, environmental management and environmental equipment’s are performing. The ultimate aim is to ensure that organization’s environmental performance meets the goals set in its environmental policy and also to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements.
(i) Management tool – Environmental audit is generally considered as one of the management tool which is a part of internal control system and is mainly used to assess, evaluate and manage environmental performance of a company.
(iii) Different from EIA- Environmental audit should be distinguished from Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) – EIA is a tool used to predict, evaluate and analyze environmental impacts mostly before a project commences. It assesses the potential environmental effects of a proposed facility. The essential purpose of an environmental audit is the systematic scrutiny of environmental performance throughout a company’s existing operations.
Next 4 points are Environment Audit Process Related
(iv) Systematic – Environmental audit is a systematic process that must be carefully planned, structured and organized. As it is a part of a long-term process of evaluation and checking, it needs to be a repeatable process so that over time, it can be easily used by different teams of people in such a way that the results are comparable and can reflect change in both quantitative and qualitative terms.
(vii) Objective Evaluation – Though environmental auditing is conducted using pre-decided policies, procedures and a proper documented system, there is always an element of subjectivity in an audit, particularly if it is conducted internally. In addition to internal environmental audits, having independent audit teams that have specialized skills and who come back periodically (say annually) to repeat audits tends to increase objectivity in the system. Hence for the sake of objectivity, external environmental audits are preferable. This is also required under many certification guidelines (e.g. ISO 14001).
(vi) Periodic – Environmental audit is generally conducted at pre-defined intervals. It is a long- term process.
(v) Documented – Like any other audit, the base of any environmental auditing is that its findings are supported by documents and verifiable information. The audit process is designed in such a way that it seeks to verify on a sample basis past actions, activities, events and procedures with available evidences to ensure that they were carried out according to system’s requirements and in a correct manner.