ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001:2015 - Environment Management System

 

ISO 14001 was developed to provide a management system to help organisations reduce their environmental impact, and provides a framework for organisations to improve their environmental management systems:

 

  • Develop an environmental policy and establish a plan for procedures and controls.
  • Set measurable targets to meet anti-pollution and legislation requirements and allocate resources to meet the objectives.
  • Training, communication and documentation set up throughout the organisation.
  • Operational control to identify risks and impacts.
  • Planning for an emergency event or prevention identified.
  • Continuous monitoring and measuring.
  • Proper recording, auditing and management reviews in place.

 

Benefits of the standard

Organisations that have implemented an effective ISO 14001 EMS may directly benefit through

  • Increased demand for their services and products through a marketing advantage;
  • Lowering business costs through reducing resource consumption and waste production;
  • Improving their environmental performance, reducing their environmental impact and controlling environmental risk;
  • Achieving their environmental commitments and environmental policy requirements;
  • Meeting their environmental legal requirements;
  • Committing to social responsibilities;
  • Promoting a positive image with stakeholders, customers and employees; and
  • Retaining environmental knowledge and ensuring information is effectively communicated.

Benefits of ISO 14001 to your customers

One of the biggest benefits of implementing an EMS is the recognition that comes with being among those businesses that care enough to reduce their environmental footprint. This can bring better relationships with customers, the public, and the community at large for your company, but it also brings other benefits

Along with the good public image, many companies can save money through the implementation of an environmental management system. This can be achieved through reducing incidents that can result in liability costs, being able to obtain insurance at a more reasonable cost, and conserving input materials and energy through reduction efforts. This improvement in cost control is a benefit that cannot be overlooked when making the decision to implement an environmental management system.

The new ISO 14001 structure

The new standard is based on Annex SL – the new high-level structure (HLS) that brings a common framework to all management system standards. This helps to keep consistency, alignment different management system standards, offer matching sub-clauses against the top-level structure and apply common language across all standards.

The key changes in the proposed standard are:

  • The emphasis on leadership
  • The focus on risk management
  • Emphasis on objectives measurement and change
  • Communication and awareness
  • Fewer prescriptive requirements
  • Increased focus on life cycle perspective

 

Now the new standard has been published, organizations will find it easier to incorporate their environmental management system into the core business processes and gain greater business benefits. 

 

Consultancy Services Road Map:

 

  • Gap Analyses
  • Designing, Documentation and Implementation (System Development)
  • Internal Auditing
  • Management Review
  • Certification Process Guidance