Steps to Environmental Management Scheme (STEM)
STEM is a step-by-step guide to putting an environmental
management system in place within your business. It is a free and
self-certifying scheme. We have tried to limit the amount of
paperwork required by making all the documents available
We hold STEM workshops where we can run through the
assessment form with you, keep checking our Events diary for details.
Benefits to your business
- Enhances green credentials
- Reduces costs by removing inefficiencies
- Assists you in maintaining a legal business
- Prepares you for attaining the Carbon Trust Standard, BS 8555
or ISO 14001.
This scheme is free to businesses that are members of the Low
Carbon Kent business network. If you haven't joined yet, full
details are on the Low Carbon Kent page.
What's involved in STEM?
STEM has three levels; blue, silver and gold. These levels
correspond to the three phases of the National Standard BS
Blue - A business that has top management
support for their environment programme and has carried out a
baseline assessment of their current situation.
Silver - A business that has measured their
carbon footprint and taken actions to reduce it. The business has
identified the resources, legal requirements, training and
communications required for their environmental programme.
Gold - A business that is measuring and
monitoring their environmental impacts and has
taken action to reduce them. The business will have reported
their progress on the South East Business Carbon Hub.
We estimate that businesses can reach Gold level in about 12
months. Some businesses may be able to achieve this faster if they
have already started improving their environmental performance. We
estimate that each level will take about 4 months.
Renewing your certificate
The STEM certificate is valid for 12 months. You will have to
re-submit your assessment annually to maintain accreditation.
In order to maintain the standard of the scheme, some businesses
will be audited by an advisor. You will be given 2 weeks' notice of
this audit and a list of the documents you need to present as
evidence. We will provide the necessary guidance and assistance for
Following on from STEM
On achieving the Gold level of STEM, your business will be well
positioned to apply for an internationally recognised environmental
certification such as BS 8555, ISO 14001, or the Carbon Trust
The IEMA Acorn Scheme and Tarian Inspection Services' Seren
Scheme can also help you achieve BS 8555 and ISO 14001. For more
information visit the IEMA
website or the Seren
For more information about the Carbon Trust Standard and
certification for SMEs, please visit the
Carbon Trust website.
How to apply for STEM
If you are already a member of the Low Carbon Kent network, book
onto a STEM workshop or contact us to request the assessment forms
to complete in your own time. We can offer you some support in
If you are not yet a member, join by contacting us:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0300 333 5011
- Post: Low Carbon Kent, 2nd Floor Invicta House, County Hall,
Maidstone, ME14 1XX
List of STEM accredited