The UK Ministry of Defence Project Orientated Environmental Management System (POEMS)

Show simple item record Ladyman, Melissa K. Temple, Tracey J. Gill, Philip P. Galante, E. 2016-11-07T15:42:50Z 2016-11-07T15:42:50Z 2016-10
dc.identifier.citation Ladyman M, Temple T, Gill P, Galante E. The UK Ministry of Defence Project Orientated Environmental Management System (POEMS). Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, Volume 42, Issue 1, January 2017, pp. 36-43 en_UK
dc.description.abstract The Project Orientated Environmental Management System (POEMS) is the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) bespoke environmental management system for the acquisition and use of equipment. The full implementation of a site-specific environmental management system is challenging for the MoD because there are many permanent MoD sites with transient populations, frequently changing site activities and diverse types of equipment. Nevertheless, MoD policy requires that all sites are covered by an environmental management system. POEMS is based on international standards ISO14001 and ISO14040, which focus on environmental management systems and life cycle assessment, respectively. The primary aim of POEMS is to identify and manage any environmental aspects (causes) and impacts (effects) by scrutinising MoD equipment and activities during acquisition, operation and disposal. This is achieved by drawing up a priority list of activities associated with the equipment based on anticipated environmental impact scores, resulting in an environmental management plan that spans the life cycle of the equipment and any corresponding activities. This article describes the POEMS procedure for both experts and non-experts, and demonstrates the implementation of POEMS using a 105-mm artillery round as a theoretical case study. The results anticipated at each stage of the POEMS procedure are discussed in detail, and the documentation necessary to verify the correct application of POEMS is demonstrated. en_UK
dc.publisher Wiley en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.subject POEMS
dc.subject Environmental Management Systems
dc.subject Life Cycle Assessment
dc.subject International Organization for Standardization
dc.subject UK Ministry of Defence
dc.title The UK Ministry of Defence Project Orientated Environmental Management System (POEMS) en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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