An environmental audit is a management tool. The audit process is a systematic way of checking if an organisation is meeting a set of requirements or complying with requirements, for example the requirements of ISO 14001 or compliance with legislation.
An audit identifies risks from poor management and control which may otherwise result in environmental damage, excessive cost, damage to reputation and even prosecution.
It is a powerful tool in improving environmental performance and an important mechanism for continual improvement.
IEMA is the membership body for environment and sustainability professionals