Environment Management System (EMS) Add-on

Empowering Growers to Implement Environmentally Sustainable Growing Practices

EMS brochure (click to open)

Primarily, this environmental add-on is for growers who wish to manage their regional council’s environmental requirements alongside their usual NZGAP audit. The environmental issues of concern to the council include nutrient management, soil management, irrigation management, and water body management. These topics are covered in more detail here than they are in the core NZGAP or GLOBALG.A.P. standards.

The EMS add-on is also for those growers who wish to demonstrate their environmental performance to the market with an optional, additional scope which includes biodiversity, energy, emissions and waste.

  • An accepted pathway for enable growers to meet local authority requirements for Good Management Practice (GMP) and reduce their environmental impact
  • Available as an add-on for all NZGAP, NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. Equivalent and GLOBALG.A.P. certified growers
  • Simplifies complex environmental issues in the NZGAP assurance framework
  • Enables growers to improve sustainability and measure their success Builds on the standards already applied by the grower
  • Focused on outcomes of improved environmental performance

EMS Registration


EMS Documents

Regional Guidelines for EMS (aligns EMS with council requirements)

Primary Industry and Regulatory Agreed Guidelines

Good Farming Practice (GFP)
Action Plan for Water Quality

Industry Agreed GMPs
Relating to Water Quality

Mahinga Kai

Environment Guidelines for Growers

Title Click to Download Document          Tools/Templates  Description  Source 
Erosion & Sediment Control Guidelines for Vegetable Production       The Guideline aims to provide information to growers on a range of possible control measures and options to assist in achieving sustainable land management.
Soil and Drainage Management Guide       Management of drainage water on a property will influence how much soil movement occurs during rain. These guidelines have been split into two parts: Paddock Drainage and Erosion and Sediment Control. Franklin Sustainability
Code of Practice for Nutrient Management       This Code of Practice is designed for growers to understand and implement good and best management practices for nutrient management, particularly nitrogen, and to assist where resource consent is required from Regional Council.
Nutrient Management for Vegetable crops in NZ       This book is intended to be a resource of best-practice advice to manage the nutrition of vegetable crops in New Zealand (NZ).  VR&I
Vegetable Washwater Discharge Code of Practice       This Code of Practice, checklist, decision tree, and reference values is a self-audit to assist growers in determining if any discharge of vegetable washwater meets Good Practice.
 N-Quick Test Guideline and Tool      N-Quick Test Tool
This is a step by step guide on how to use the Nitrate Quick Test Mass Balance Tool to inform an N fertiliser decision:

• How to use the mass balance equation.
• Taking the soil sample.
• Using the Nitrate Quick Test to estimate the mineral N levels in your soil.
• Crop nutrient demands.
• Using the Nitrate Quick Test Mass Balance Tool.

The Nitrate Quick Test Mass Balance Tool is an easy to use electronic tool available on the
industry websites.
Guideline for Greenhouse Nutrient Solution Discharge       The following checklist, decision tree, and reference values is a self-audit to assist you in determining if your greenhouse nutrient solution discharge meets Good Practice.  HortNZ