NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
& AUDITING CENTRE
NERAC (the National Environmental Research and Auditing Centre)
was established in 1997 in response to the needs of industry.
It is a specialised division of the Institute of Technology,
Sligo campus company, CREDCO.
NERAC uses the expertise of the IT Sligo in the areas of Environmental
Science - as well as working with national experts to ensure
the provision of the most up-to date information.
The Institute has an established reputation for developing industry-focused
courses, especially in the areas of Environmental Science and Auditing.
Among the achievements by the Institute are the following courses,
which were produced for the first time in Ireland by IT, Sligo -
||First full time Diploma and Degree in Environmental
||First full time Degree in Quality Assurance
First M.Sc. in Environmental Protection by distance learning
||First Degree in Health and Safety
||First Diploma in Water Engineering
The design, implementation and maintenance of an EMS require the
expertise of trained personnel. NERAC has tailored this course specifically
for industry and will train participants in the effective implementation
of an Environmental Management System which best suits a company's
Environmenta! Management Systems
Companies are coming under increasing pressure to install and maintain
systems which will control and minimise their impact on the environment.
A well structured EMS (Environmental Management System) will not
only comply with requirements and legislation, but will also increase
profits by waste-minimisation and energy conservation.
In order to optimise the effects of an Environmental Management
System, a company must be able to -
- Distinguish between EMS, EMAS, ISO 14001 - in order to choose
the most appropriate system
- Identify the key elements of an EMS
- Comply with the requirements of an IPC Licence
- Integrate its EMS with any existing management system (e.g.
- Maintain a workforce trained in the elements of EMS - to allow
the system to adapt to changing requirements.
The objective of the NERAC course is to enable companies to install,
maintain and continuously improve an EMS which will be of benefit
to the company, its workforce and the environment. It should be
attended by personnel and managers with responsibility in environmental