All comments for the draft standard must be submitted by July 23, 2020.

The Comments form can be downloaded from below this page.


This standard specifies requirements for environmental management systems (EMS) to enable the organization to formulate policy and objectives and minimum requirements based on environmental best practices

Reference document:

  • QTC 101:2001 Environmental Management
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental management systems — Requirements with guidance for use
    Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) Environmental Management Toolki
  • Green Globe 21 requirements
  • ISO/TS 13811:2015 Tourism and related services – Guidelines on developing environmental specifications for accommodation establishments

Justification for standard:

The tourism industry has the potential to negatively impact the environment on which it depends for survival and sustainability. An EMS is a valuable tool for achieving and promoting sustainable tourism. It is, an essence, a set of processes, practices and actions that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impact and increase its operating efficiency. By establishing an EMS, the organization will be able to monitor and measure performance goals relating to water and energy consumption/conservation, reduce waste generation, reduce pollution of the environment, comply with legal requirements and generate savings/improvements in the business operation, among other things, all of which will contribute towards the continuous improvement of an environmentally sustainable tourism industry and development strategy.


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