STEM Scheme

Steps to Environmental Management Scheme (STEM)


The scheme helps businesses improve their environmental performance through a series of assessments and certificates. STEM has three levels – Blue, Silver and Gold. These levels correspond to the three phases of the British Standard BS 8555.

Each level takes about four months to complete and we estimate that businesses can reach Gold level in around 12 months. Some businesses may be able to achieve this faster if they have already started improving their environmental performance.

Who Can Join?

This scheme is free and open to members of the Low Carbon Kent business network. You can join the network if you aren’t already a member.

How to Join

Book a place on one of our STEM workshops or contact us to request an assessment form:


Telephone: 03000 41 51 11

Post: Low Carbon Kent, 1st Floor Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XX

We can offer you support in completing the forms.


The scheme can:

  • Enhance your green credentials
  • Help you achieve nationally recognised accreditations such as Carbon Trust Standard, BS 8555 and ISO 14001
  • Help you to comply with the law
  • Save your business money by removing inefficiencies.
STEM Accreditations

Businesses in a variety of fields and different sizes have completed at least one level of the scheme.

View a list of STEM accredited businesses.

The scheme is divided into three levels, each of which must be completed in turn. Following completion and implementation of each level, a business will be in the following position:

A business that has top management support for its environment programme and has carried out a baseline assessment of their current situation.

A business that has measured its carbon footprint and taken action to reduce it. The business has identified the resources, legal requirements, training and communications needed for its environmental programme.

A business that is measuring and monitoring its environmental impacts and has taken action to reduce them. The business has reported its progress to Low Carbon Kent and other stakeholders.

Renew Your Certificate

The STEM certificate is valid for 12 months. You will have to re-submit your assessment annually to keep your accreditation. Please email us at with your certificate number when your accreditation is due to expire and we will advise you on what to do.

Your businesses may also 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 can provide advice to help you with the audit.

Other Accreditations

Once you have achieved the gold level of STEM, your business will be in a good position to apply internationally recognised environmental certification such as Carbon Trust Standard, BS 8555 and ISO 14001.

Contact Us

Low Carbon Kent Network
Sustainable Business Team
1st Floor
Invicta House
ME14 1XX


03000 415111


This website is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2020