EiMAS occupies an area of about 10 acres and it is located within the campus of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Selangor. Agreement to construct EiMAS in UKM Campus was concluded with the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Department of Environment (DOE) and UKM on 30th July 1996.
Construction of EiMAS was managed by the Public Works Department, Malaysia that was also involved with the preparation of the design, tendering and appointment of the contractor and also responsible for monitoring the project. The building was finally completed on 28th May 2001 after a period of 1 year 11 months ad 21 days from the date of acquisition of the site on 7th June 1999.
The establishment of EiMAS is a historical landmark. Apart from enhancing the manpower development programme needed for controling and preventing environmental pollution, EiMAS’s activities will also contribute towards assisting DOE in raising the level of public awareness on the importance of environmental conservation efforts. Programmes implemented by EiMAS will provide opportunities for DOE to partner other interested parties especially the industrial sector in Malaysia, which amongst others are responsible for environmental pollution in the country. Its location and proximity to the institution of higher learning i.e. UKM will also provide the opportunity to establish a close bilateral relation with the university in view of the fact that EiMAS’s activities will need the cooperatin and support on continuos basis from researchers and academia from institutions of higher learning both locally and abroad.