It is said that knowledge is tantamount to achieving organisational goals so also is it equally to achieving an effective environmental management system (EMS) in an organisation. Working on EM, I have come to realise that it has so much roots in the idea of concurrent engineering i.e. the design for environment etc. whose effectiveness is also how organisation manages its Lessons learned and uses its knowledge. I have overall learnt that to achieve excellence in a business EMS, One have to view employees as key strategic partner because it’s within them lies the knowledge to improve processes to achieve efficiency in operation. Even from the concept of Lean to TQM, it is the continuous effort put into knowledge management and training of staff that helps to achieve continuous improvement of processes and product designed to suit the environment.
Managing knowledge would enable organisation to tackle its environmental problems at the source instead of putting much effort in a reactive problem solving means.